THE BEST RED VELVET CUPCAKES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

The BEST Red Velvet Cupcakes are a light cake with a beautiful red color and a slight chocolate flavor with a little tang from the buttermilk.  They are perfectly moist and topped with cream cheese frosting.  You will agree that these are the best!

THE BEST RED VELVET CUPCAKES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

INGREDIENTS:
  • 3⅓ c. cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 2¼ c. sugar
  • ¾ c. (12 Tbl.) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 Tbl. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbl. liquid red food coloring
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1½ c. buttermilk
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • 1½ tsp. white vinegar
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 4½ c. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbl. milk, plus more if needed
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and spray with cooking spray; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter and sugar and mix on medium speed until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a small bowl, whisk the food coloring, cocoa powder and vanilla together; add to the butter/sugar mixture and mix well. Stir the salt into the buttermilk and add to the batter in three parts, alternating with the cake flour, starting and ending with flour. In a small bowl, stir together the vinegar and baking soda; add to the batter and mix well.
  2. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full with batter and bake in preheated oven for 17-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not over bake. Repeat with remaining cupcakes. Cool completely and top with Cream Cheese Frosting. Makes about 3½ dozen cupcakes.
  3. For the Cream Cheese Frosting: In a large bowl, mix together butter, cream cheese, salt and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. If frosting is too thick, add a little milk. If you are planning to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, you want it thick enough to hold its shape. This makes enough frosting to pipe a big swirl on the top of each cupcake. I used a Wilton 1M piping tip.
  4. If you do not want to pipe a large swirl onto each cupcake and prefer to spread a small layer on top instead, the amount of frosting can be cut in half.

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