Heavenly Red Velvet Chocolate Cupcakes: A Classic Twist on Your Favorite Treat

red velvet cupcakes

There’s something magical about the combination of rich chocolate and the classic red velvet tang, all topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just craving something sweet, these cupcakes are sure to delight.

The Allure of Red Velvet:

Red velvet cake has a storied history, with its roots tracing back to the Victorian era. Originally, the term “velvet” was used to describe cakes that had an exceptionally soft and smooth texture. The “red” part of red velvet was a happy accident, a result of the reaction between natural cocoa and acidic ingredients like buttermilk, which would give the cake a reddish hue. Today, red velvet cakes and cupcakes stand out in any pastry lineup, thanks to their vibrant color, achieved with a touch of food coloring.

What sets red velvet apart is not just its color but its unique flavor. It’s not just a chocolate cake; it has a hint of cocoa balanced with the tang of buttermilk and a touch of vinegar. This combination creates a taste that is rich yet refreshingly different.

Ingredients for Cupcakes:

  • All-purpose flour: 2 cups (120 grams)
  • Baking soda: 1/2 tsp (2.5 grams)
  • Baking powder: 1/2 tsp (2 grams)
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp (3 grams)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder: 1 tbsp (8 grams)
  • Sugar: 1/2 cups (100-150 grams)
  • Vegetable oil: 1/2 cup (120 ml)
  • Large eggs: 1 (about 50 grams without shell)
  • Buttermilk: 1/2 cup (120 ml)
  • Vanilla extract: 1 tsp (5 ml)
  • Red food coloring: 1-2 tbsp (15 ml, depending on desired color intensity)
  • White distilled vinegar: 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml)
  • Prepared plain hot coffee: 1/4 cup (60 ml)


  • Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 pound (225g) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks (100g) butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar


  1. Preheat and Prep: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.

  2. Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.

  3. Wet Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and vegetable oil. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla and red food coloring.

  4. Combine: Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, alternating with buttermilk. Start and end with the dry ingredients. Mix in vinegar and hot coffee. Stir just until combined; do not overmix.

  5. Bake: Pour batter into cupcake liners, filling them ¾ of the way. Bake at 175 °C for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  6. Frosting: For the frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar. Continue beating until creamy.

  7. Decorate: Once cupcakes are completely cool, frost them with the cream cheese frosting.

Tips for Perfect Cupcakes:

  • Ensure all your ingredients are at room temperature.
  • Do not overmix the batter as it can lead to dense cupcakes.
  • Use good quality cocoa powder for the best flavor.
  • The coffee enhances the chocolate flavor and does not make the cupcakes taste like coffee.

Customization Options:

Feel free to get creative with your red velvet cupcakes. Add chocolate chips to the batter, or top your frosted cupcakes with sprinkles, shaved chocolate, or fresh berries for an extra special touch.

Red Velvet Chocolate Cupcakes are more than just a dessert; they are a symbol of celebration, love, and comfort. The next time you’re in the mood to bake something special, remember this recipe. Happy baking, and may your day be as sweet as these cupcakes!

This recipe for Red Velvet Chocolate Cupcakes typically yields about 12 standard-sized cupcakes. The exact number can vary slightly depending on the size of your cupcake liners and how full you fill each cup. As a general guideline, filling each liner about ¾ full usually results in a good size and shape for the cupcakes while allowing enough room for them to rise without spilling over.

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