Valentine's Day Red Velvet Cupcakes

I have never really been one for Valentines day but it is a excuse to bake some yummy cupcakes with Lilly. Our favorite thing to do together is bake, and although it can be a challenge with a toddler we always have fun. With it being Valentines day on Saturday i thought we would try and make some red velvet cupcakes, which is something i have never baked before but they are Valentines appropriate.

Although they didnt turn out very red, they are still very tasty even my fussy toddler was asking for more. The standard topping with red velvet is a cream cheese frosting, i really dont like cream cheese on cupcakes so we opted for a simple butter frosting and decorated with hearts which Lilly placed every single one on, one by one! I couldnt find any cute red cupcake cases so i just used these cute ones from asda which have cupcakes all over them. These cupcakes are a little more difficult to make than a standard vanilla cupcake but are so worth it. We used a recipe from Nigella's website which i will leave below.

  • 250 grams plain flour
  • tablespoons cocoa powder (sifted)
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 100 grams soft unsalted butter
  • 200 grams caster sugar
  • heaped tablespoon -red food colouring
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • large eggs
  • 175 ml buttermilk
  • teaspoon cider vinegar

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3/325°F, and line 2 muffin tins with paper cases.
  1. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl.
  1. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar, beating well, and when you have a soft, pale mixture beat in the food colouring - yes all of it - and the vanilla.
  1. Into this vividly coloured mixture, still beating, add 1 spoonful of the dried ingredients, then 1 egg, followed by some more dried ingredients, then the other egg, followed by the rest of the dried ingredients. 
  1. Finally beat in the buttermilk and the vinegar and divide this extraordinary batter between the 24 cases.  Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes by which time the redcurrant-sorbet-coloured batter will have morphed into a more sombre, but still juicily tinted, sponge - more maroon acrylic than red velvet, to be honest.
  1. Leave them to cool on a wire rack and do not ice with the frosting till absolutely cold.

For the butter icing i used the standard 1 part butter to 2.5 icing sugar and mixed for about 10 mins until thick. If needed add 2 tablespoons of milk but dont add it until the end and only if needed.


  1. These are such a good idea for Valentines. I will be making my boyfriend chocolate cake for this valentines.


  2. These look absolutely delicious, thank you for sharing!! <3

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  3. These look so professional! Such a lovely treat x


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