Red Velvet Cupcakes


We love red velvet cupcakes at Pink Cake Box. Whether it's for a baby shower, wedding, or children's birthday, it seems everyone loves the red velvet flavor. This recipe is for 24 moist and delicious red velvet cupcakes. Enjoy!

Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe


  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons liquid red food coloring (Add more for desired darkness)
  • 2 teaspoons white distilled vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Yield: 24

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins with cupcake papers.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a separate bowl, mix milk and vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes – curdling will occur. Then add the oil, eggs, food coloring and vanilla to the milk mixture, whisking until mixed.

Using a stand mixer, add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with the paddle until just combined.

Divide the cake batter evenly into the tins – about 3/4 full. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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6 thoughts on “Red Velvet Cupcakes

  1. Hi I tried this recipe and mine turned out to be much darker ( sort of a burgundy). How do I achieve a bright red ? Would you recommend reducing the amount of coloring?
    P.S I live in the UK .Not sure if our coloring is more concentrated than yours in the US

  2. Hi!!! Love this recipe, super delicious but I seem to have the same problem with the color. I use red red by americolor is there another shade of red by americolor I should try?

  3. Reduce the cocoa i have a cupcake business. I only add 1 tablespoon of cocoa and use buttermilk
    i also use the whole 1oz of food coloring

  4. love this recipe. All red velvet recipes that I have made call for around 1/4 c cocoa. I’ve never seen a recipe with only 1 tablespoon of cocoa. Might have to try that, seems to me that it would leave out main flavoring for “red velvet”

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