Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes
If you love red velvet cupcakes, then have them… with my healthy recipe. You’re gonna love this: No eggs - one bowl - easy cleanup - and only one tablespoon of butter. These cupcakes are super easy to make and really moist and yummy. To store them…. oh, never mind… they won’t be around long enough to store! - Jenny Jones
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa, preferably Dutch processed (I use Droste)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup low fat buttermilk
- 6 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice or distilled white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons red food coloring
- 1 Tablespoon butter at room temperature
- 1 ounce reduced fat cream cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Insert paper liners in 12-cup muffin pan.
- In a large bowl combine dry ingredients.
- In a measuring cup combine liquid ingredients.
- Add liquids to flour mixture and combine well using a spatula.
- Divide batter evenly into cups.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Remove to rack to cool completely.
- Beat butter, cream cheese, & vanilla with electric mixer.
- Add powdered sugar and a tiny bit of milk to obtain a nice, thick consistency.
- Frost cupcakes.
No buttermilk? See "Substitutions" in my blog.
Another success! Made these today and they were a hit with my family! Awesome and super easy. Yum
Hope you can tell me where I went wrong with this recipe – the cupcakes didn’t rise and were quite dense. I had to substitute buttermilk with lemon juice and milk but other than that followed all the measurements and instructions to the letter. I also had to allow an extra 3 minutes of baking time before toothpick came out clear but in most recipes haven’t had to change the baking time. I’ve made several of your recipes and all have been successful and delicious except for this one
Can I use cream cheese in a tub for the frosting since it’s a small amount?
You mean whipped cream cheese? Yes you can!
As usual your recipes never disappoint! When I’ve made other scratch made cakes/cupcakes they are dry and have no flavor. These are moist, flavorful and the icing is the BEST cream cheese icing I’ve made. Thank you!
There are sooooo good. Favorite cupcakes EVER!
Thanks so much
Hey,Jenny!I have no buttermilk at home but I want to make red velvet cupcakes.so I made buttermilk by using milk and lemon juice.But in your recipe there has buttermilk and also extra lemon juice or distilled white vinegar.So,can I use homemade buttermilk and also lemon juice or distilled white vinegar together?Plzzz replyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Even with your “homemade” buttermilk, I would not change anything else in the recipe.
Your recipes always turn out great… But I felt the red velvet cake was a bit sticky. The buttermilk I used was really thick(undiluted). I tried baking it in an 8 inch round pan. What could be the reason?
It’s not a cake recipe, but cupcakes. Try following the recipe exactly but use a muffin pan.
i dubbed your recipe for a cake which i baked in 2 9 inch pans and it came out great! i also made them in to cake pops for friend and its was so good and it was so moist that i didn’t need that much frosting!
What do u mean by dubbed? U mean doubled?
sorry i men’t doubled
Can i make this into a cake instead & just use the choc frosting? Im guessing it would still taste delish!
I don’t know, you would have to try.
These turned out great! Instead of cream cheese frosting I used you’re chocolate frosting recipe! Thanks.
Did it taste good with d choc frosting? im thinking to do the same
I can only find buttermilk powder from the local store. Should I use 1 cup or dilute it? Pls advise, thank you.
I have never used it but it seems to me you would follow the instructions on the package to make one cup and just use that.
I don’t have distilled vinegar, can i replace it with white vinegar instead? Or lemon juice? Pls advise, thank you
I know that fresh lemon juice works.
I want to know why my butter cream is yellow and not white? What am I do wrong? Pls help me..
It has to be one of your ingredients. Can you please list exactly each ingredient you used in the frosting? Then I may be able to help.
I used 1cup powdered sugar, 3 tbsp butter, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 2 to 3 tbsp water. Please help me, use how many amount ingredient to make 12 cup cake or one whole cake?
Your frosting could be yellow because you used more butter and vanilla than my recipes and they both have color. Butter is yellow and vanilla is dark so that’s my best guess. My frosting is white because my recipe uses cream cheese and less butter and vanilla.
May I know, if i don’t want the cream cheese then how much butter and powdered sugar should I use? How much milk should I add? Enough to make 12 cup cake.
You could use the frosting recipe with my one-bowl chocolate cake and just eliminate the powdered cocoa. (there’s a video too)
Can replace the butter milk to sour cream? Or something else, what you suggest?
Please see my blog posting titled “Substitutions” – https://www.jennycancook.com/category/substitutions/
Is it ok if i dont use the food coloring? Thanks.
Yes, no problem.
Great recipe! But is it okay if I replace the buttermilk with fresh milk? It’s hard to find buttermilk in my country.
In baking, milk can not replace buttermilk because buttermilk provides the acid needed for the cupcakes to rise and be light. If you can’t find buttermilk you could try yogurt thinned with a little milk until it’s the consistence of buttermilk. But honestly, I have never found a really good replacement for buttermilk.
To Kal, there are a few reasons why they came out hard on top:
1) Your oven may be hotter in the upper area.
2) The cupcakes were too close to the top of the oven.
3) Your oven temperature may be off (hotter than it reads)
4) If it’s a small oven, the tops will likely be too close to the top & get too much heat.
Is there any other way I can help?
If we dont have the mixer will the cream cheese frosting turn out not as good as the mixed one?
I wish I had an answer but I don’t know how you would whip up the mixture because cream cheese is quite firm. You might try using the light cream cheese that comes in a tub and stir in the powdered sugar the best you can. I simply don’t know. Ideally, you can find an old-style manual mixer – they sell them now by Oxo for $20 (http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips-Egg-Beater/dp/B004VLYQFO)
But can you do the frosting without the mixer?
You can not make this fluffy frosting without a mixer. You can try using a spoon to stir together the powdered sugar with reduced fat cream cheese, which is softer than full fat, and it will not be light but it will probably give you a topping you can spread. This is a hard question to answer because I am just a home cook sharing the way I make things and I have never made frosting without an electric mixer. I hope this helps.
I tried doing it and it turned out well but any idea why it turned out hard on the top
made this many times already now. they are awesome! thanks jenny.
How many calories is in this cupcake? 🙂
Sorry, I don’t know. I don’t count calories.
What is the sugar you used for the frosting? What do I do if I don’t have it?
It’s powdered sugar (also called confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar). This is a very fine sugar that’s the consistency of cornstarch, which is very common in frosting recipes. I’m not sure where you’re from but any American grocery store sells it. If you can’t get it, there are other recipes you can find that don’t use it. One is called Seven Minute Frosting and it’s made over a double boiler with egg whites and regular sugar. Here is one version of it: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Seven-Minute-Frosting-238014
Can I make cookies with this recipe?
I think the batter is too soft to drop onto a cookie sheet and it would probably spread into one big mass. What might work (and I’m just guessing) is to bake the batter in a square pan (8 or 9-inch) and then cool and cut it into squares. You could even frost the whole thing after it’s cooled, before cutting into squares. If you try this, I would bake in a greased pan or line it with foil, at 350 degrees, but start checking it around 12 minutes. Again, I have never done this – it’s just a thought and may not work. I’m not much help here, am I?? 🙂
Or… try my double chocolate chip cookies.
Hi! I just want to ask if I can just use a regular milk because I have no buttermilk. And what if I want to make more like 24 or 32 cupcakes do I just double the measurement? Thanks!
You really can’t substitute regular milk for buttermilk because you need the acid in the buttermilk to react with the baking soda for light cupcakes. Once when I was out of buttermilk, I mixed some plain low fat yogurt with milk, about 1/2 and 1/2 and it worked pretty well as a substitute. Before you double this recipe, I would make one dozen with your substitution to make sure it works. I have never doubled this recipe but I see no reason why it wouldn’t work.
i actully did that by adding one tablespoon of lemon juice and filled it up to the one cupline so i have a butter milk substitde
you can use 1 table spoon of lemon juice and ad it too 1 cup of milk
I’m sorry for asking again..it is okay for not using vineger but replace it with baking powder?
I suppose you could but you wouldn’t need much baking powder, if any. I’d say not more than one teaspoon of baking powder.
If replace white vinegar with apple cider, it is okay?
You need the acid in vinegar to react with the baking soda, which starts the chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide, which is what makes the batter rise when it bakes. If you mean apple cider VINEGAR, then I believe it would work… but if you mean apple cider, I don’t think it would have enough acid to be effective.
I forgot to put vapple cider vineger..then how about the oil? If put vegetable oil or olive oil?
Yes, another oil would work but I would choose EXTRA LIGHT olive oil to make sure there is no olive flavor. I bake with extra light olive oil (see my new marble loaf cake recipe) and it leaves no olive flavor at all. Vegetable oil would be safe for being flavorless. I hope you get good cupcakes 🙂 let me know!
Just made these cupcakes.
Absolutely yummy…. and not too sweet.
Big family favourite..
Bardzo Dobrze cupcakes – They came out Delish 🙂
How many calories are they?? I want to make some red velvet cupcakes for mothers day!
I did some calculating and it looks like about 250 calories per cupcake, which is less than most other red velvet cupcakes which contain up to 497 calories each. (but they won’t taste as good as these!)
Oh great!! Thanks so much:)
I use olive oil but still healthy still extremely dilisous ive seen every video.
Hi Christian, how much olive oil did u use? The same amount or lesser?