Red Velvet Cupcakes


These red velvet cupcakes are mini versions of classic Red Velvet Cake, a popular offering at bakeries all across the country. Whip up a batch this holiday season or any time of the year.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
30 cupcakes



  • 2 ½ cups flour

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • ½ cup milk

  • 1 (1 ounce) bottle McCormick® Red Food Color

  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons sour cream

  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

  • 1 (16 ounce) box confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 30 muffin cups with paper liners.

  2. Make cake: Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

  3. Beat sugar and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food color, and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended; do not overbeat. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from the pans; cool completely.

  5. While cupcakes are cooling, make frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter, sour cream, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth.

  6. Spread or pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

277 Calories
13g Fat
38g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 277
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 174mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 73mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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