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Lara's Red Velvet Cupcakes

By Chelsea Sugar
Lara's Red Velvet Cupcakes
12 servings
  • 33 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 20 mins
  • Cooking time 20 mins
  • Serves

    1 ¼ cups plain flour
    ¼ tsp baking powder
    ¼ tsp salt
    1 Tbsp cocoa powder
    60 g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
    ¾ cup Chelsea White Sugar
    1 egg
    ½ tsp vanilla extract (or 1 tsp vanilla essence)
    ½ cup buttermilk
    1 Tbsp red food colouring
    ½ tsp white vinegar
    ½ tsp baking soda

    Cream cheese frosting:
    225 g cream cheese (at room temperature)
    ½ tsp vanilla extract (or 1 tsp vanilla essence)
    ½ cup Chelsea Icing Sugar (sifted)
    ¾ cup cream


    Preheat oven to 180⁰C fan bake, and line 12 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
    In a large bowl sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa. Combine with a whisk.
    In a mixer (or with an electric hand mixer) cream the butter and Chelsea White Sugar. Add the vanilla extract and the egg and beat until light and fluffy.
    In a separate dish mix together the buttermilk and the food colouring.
    Alternately (in thirds) add the dry mixture and the buttermilk mixture to the creamed mixture. Scrape the sides of the bowl after each addition to ensure all ingredients are well combined. Mix well.
    Remove mixing bowl from machine, and have a rubber spatula or wooden spoon ready to hand-mix with. Add the baking soda to the vinegar and quickly stir to dissolve baking soda. While still fizzing, add to the batter and mix through the liquid by hand.
    Working quickly, spoon (or scoop with an ice cream scoop for even measures) the batter into the prepared cupcake liners (about ¾ full). Place in the oven, and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of a cupcake.
    Cool the cupcakes in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
    When cool, ice with cream cheese frosting.

    Method for Cream Cheese Frosting:
    In a mixer (or with an electric hand mixer) mix together the cream cheese, Chelsea Icing Sugar and vanilla extract. Whip the cream in a separate bowl. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture by hand. The mixture should be thick and even in colour.
    Spread on top of the cooled cupcakes, or pipe the frosting in swirls. Sprinkle crumbs of one of the cupcakes over the frosting for decoration (if you can bear to spare one!) or, use sprinkles of your choice.

    This recipe has not been tested by Chelsea Sugar.

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Average Rating
(33 reviews)

Absolutely delicious.


I doubled the recipe and it turned out pretty great except for the fact that it had a bit of a sour taste to it and it was quite runny despise adding endless amounts of icing sugar
the taste was nice though and overall it was a decent recipe


lovely and velvety! rose nicely. Doubled the recipe and got 15 big cupcakes. Added a bit more dark cocoa powder as had used raw cacao powder and the batter was bright red. Will definitely make this one again

Amazing, it was the most beautiful thing I have tasted, thank you again.

Does anyone know why my icing is runny?

Just another tip
Add one teaspoon of vanilla and a good pinch of salt just like my grandma taught me
Always use pure vanilla !!!!!!

Nice recipe, but it made pretty dense cupcakes which I do not like. Some people did though.

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Soo god they were so light and fluffy and lovely red colour

Yummy recipe. Awesome.

Such a cool recipe. I love it.

Very impressed. It was a winner all round during lockdown part 2!

Wow. It turned out great.
Thank you Lara ❤

Wow, this is amazing!

My kids love these cupcakes, thanks.

Oh my god. This recipe is a life saver for my family in lock- down absolutely loved it!!

Loved it so much, family loves it to will definitely make these yummy cupcakes again.

My go to recipe, its the best you will find

Love this recipe. I used a mini muffin tin and adjusted the cook time accordingly, they rose beautifully and are fluffy and moist!!

Wonderfull taste.

This is awesome!!

Very yum and moist! Will definitely use again!

Decent recipe. It didn’t blow me away, but I might use it again. I didn’t have any red food colouring so I made them green velvet cupcakes!

Best red velvet cupcake recipe. Super tasty and fluffy.

Texture was amazing, nice and moist. I would definitely recommend using this recipe.

A recipe I use time and time again. Absolutely love it

Sadly, this was not a good recipe, it was dry, tasteless and the mouthfeel was not good. I would recommend not to use it.

I have used this recipe many times and it's always a real hit, highly recommend.

awesome red velvet cupcakes

They were so fluffy and delicious!!

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Very tasty. Everyone enjoyed them.

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Amazing & delicious recipe

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