Red Velvet Cupcakes

A friend of mine was having a birthday and she said that red velvet cupcakes were her favourite. I have never made them before, so I did a bit of research and looked at a few different recipes. This one is based on Nigella Lawsons version. I know that Nigella is the food goddess, but I made a few modification to suit my pantry ingredients and I think that they turned out very good. They were light, fluffy and deliciously moist!

My recipe makes 18 cupcakes!

Ingredients – Cupcakes

250g ofย Self Raising Flour

1 Tablespoon of Cocoa

1/2 Teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda

100g of Melted Dark Chocolate

1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder

100g of Soft Unsalted Butter

150g of Castor Sugar

25mls of Red Food Colouring

2 Teaspoons of Vanilla

180g of Vanilla Bean Yogurt

1 Teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

Ingredients – Icing

600g of Icing Sugar

250g (1 Block) of Philadelphia Cream Cheese

2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter (50g)

1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice

Decorations for the top


1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius and line cup cake tins with 18 cupcake papers.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, bi-carb and cocoa in a bowl and set aside.

3. Add butter and castor sugar to a bowl and beat until mixture is pale and fluffy. You really need to use an executrix mixer to get it light!

4. Add vanilla and food colouring and mix until combined, then add in melted chocolate while continuously mixing until well combined.

5. Add 2 tablespoons of flour mixture and 1 egg and mix well. Add another 2 tablespoons of flour mixture and 2nd egg and mix well.

6. Fold in the rest of the flour mixture, yogurt and vinegar.

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7. Put 1/3 of a cup of mixture into each paper case.

8. Bake in pre heated oven for 25 minutes, remove from oven and place on cooling rack until completely cold.

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Don’t ice until completed cool.

9. Ice with cream cheese icing and decorate.

Icing – Method

1. Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth and icing sugar has mixed well with the other ingredients.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I just decorated with pre made icing flowers.

Please try them and let me know what you think of my recipe. Tamara thought they were fantastic… to me, they are just another yummy cake to add to the repertoire.

Enjoy Irresponsibly!

Liz x