Best Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes

The best, classic, light and fluffy, soft and moist red velvet cupcakes recipe, topped with tangy cream cheese frosting, homemade with simple ingredients. 

Servings: 38 Cupcakes
Calories: 242 kcal


  • 3/4 cup Butter Unsalted, Room temperature
  • 2 1/3 cups Granulated sugar
  • 3 Eggs Large
  • 2.5-3 tbsp Red liquid food coloring Can be adjusted on how vibrant and red you want your cupcakes
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 1/3 cups Cake flour
  • 2.5 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 1.5 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 tsp Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Baking soda
  • 3 cups Cream cheese frosting


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

  2. Add eggs, food coloring, vanilla extract and mix until smooth.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together cake flour and cocoa powder.

  4. Mix in this dry flour mixture into the wet mixture, alternating with buttermilk, until combined.  

  5. In a separate small bowl, mix together vinegar and baking soda. When these two ingredients come together, they react and create bubbles. That's nothing to be alarmed about. 

  6. Pour this vinegar mixture in the batter and mix until just combined. 

  7. Pour cupcake batter in cupcake liners.

  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 16-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean. 

  9. Allow the cupcakes to cool down completely.

  10. While they are cooling, make cream cheese frosting.

  11. Fill a piping bag with icing and pipe icing on top of each cupcake. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 164mg7%
Potassium 44mg1%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.