This mini version of the classic Red Velvet Cake is one of the more popular offerings in bakeries all across the country. Whip up a batch this holiday season or anytime of the year.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
30
Yield:
30 cupcakes
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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.

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  • Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. 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 30 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.

  • Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely. Frost with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting.

  • Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat cream cheese, softened, butter, sour cream and McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth.

Nutrition Facts

277 calories; protein 3.2g 7% DV; carbohydrates 37.8g 12% DV; fat 13.1g 20% DV; cholesterol 57.5mg 19% DV; sodium 173.6mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2011
This recipe has singlehandedly and immediately changed my opinion of Red Velvet Cake. I ve only tasted it or made it myself on one other occasion a recipe from this site. Looking back at that recipe that I rated four stars in my mind I overrated it. I didn t find anything memorable about it and wondered why Red Velvet Cake was so popular it wasn t much on flavor frankly. A friend even suggested that the Duncan Hines Red Velvet cake mix was infinitely better than any scratch Red Velvet Cake she d ever made but I ll bet she never tried this one! This is moist fluffy pleasantly sweet and chocolaty the other is mediocre by comparison. Bonus that a very good cream cheese frosting recipe is included. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/14/2011
I did follow this recipe exactly the first time I made it. I would not make this recipe again if it weren't for the significant modifications I have made....which make an outstanding red velvet cupcake if I do say so myself! In critique of the original recipe the cake is very dry and bland. The only saving grace is the frosting. However I have become well known for my modified recipe. I've tweaked the cake portion of this recipe and in my opinion it is now PERFECT. I decreased the flour increased sugar and vanilla. I also use buttermilk (or milk plus 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar) to increase the moisture. These changes make it less dry and more flavorful. You can view my exact modified recipe along with pictures here http://www.carrottopmom.com/?p=290 Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/14/2011
I did follow this recipe exactly the first time I made it. I would not make this recipe again if it weren't for the significant modifications I have made....which make an outstanding red velvet cupcake if I do say so myself! In critique of the original recipe the cake is very dry and bland. The only saving grace is the frosting. However I have become well known for my modified recipe. I've tweaked the cake portion of this recipe and in my opinion it is now PERFECT. I decreased the flour increased sugar and vanilla. I also use buttermilk (or milk plus 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar) to increase the moisture. These changes make it less dry and more flavorful. You can view my exact modified recipe along with pictures here http://www.carrottopmom.com/?p=290 Read More
(1595)
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2011
This recipe has singlehandedly and immediately changed my opinion of Red Velvet Cake. I ve only tasted it or made it myself on one other occasion a recipe from this site. Looking back at that recipe that I rated four stars in my mind I overrated it. I didn t find anything memorable about it and wondered why Red Velvet Cake was so popular it wasn t much on flavor frankly. A friend even suggested that the Duncan Hines Red Velvet cake mix was infinitely better than any scratch Red Velvet Cake she d ever made but I ll bet she never tried this one! This is moist fluffy pleasantly sweet and chocolaty the other is mediocre by comparison. Bonus that a very good cream cheese frosting recipe is included. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2009
FABULOUS!!! Fast and super-duper easy. I'm eleven and I made these and they tasted FANTASTIC! Got compliments all day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2011
5 stars WITH MODIFICATIONS. I followed others reviews and made the following modifications. 2 1/4 cup CAKE FLOUR - 1 cup buttermilk - 2 & 1/2 tsp vanillia - 2 1/4 cup sugar - With these alterations this makes an AWESOME red velvet cupcake. My mom (who is an amazing baker) and aunt told me these were the BESTred velvet cupcakes they had ever eaten & wanted the recipe. The frosting is the best creamcheese frosting I have ever had! I will now be using this anytime I need a cream cheese frosting. I was asked for this recipe also. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2009
YUM! this was soo easy to make especially a recipe from scratch! I didn't change a thing except I used reduced fat milk instead of full fat. It was still delicious... the cream cheese frosting was phenomenal! To make it easier to decorate your cupcakes scoop the cream cheese frosting in a ziploc bag (fill it up halfway but not all the way) and cut a small hole on the corner of the bag. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2009
This is by far the best redvelvet recipe I have ever come across!! I think its the sour cream that makes it. I made these for a baby shower and everyone asked where I bought them. When I told them that I made them they all wanted the recipe. These have become a family favorite that I will continue making over the years. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2009
These were great! Didnt change a thing. I would make these again. The recipe yielded more than 30 perfect sized cup cakes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2010
I have been searching high and low for the perfect recipe and this is it. The first time I made it I used 1/2c cocoa and the flavor was to chocolately but 1/4c was perfect. Baked it in three 8inch pans sliced and iced each layer for a more dramatic presentation. Double the frosting to achieve this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2009
These are the best cupcakes I've ever made! They are extremely rich in flavor and so moist. They taste like they came from a fancy bakery. The recipe is so easy and people will be very impressed and go nuts for them. I wouldn't change a thing! Read More
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