Red Velvet Cupcakes with Tangy Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Yield: 14 cupcakes


Indulge in the exquisite pleasure of these buttery red velvet cupcakes—fluffy, moist, and topped with a tangy cream cheese frosting that elevates them to perfection.


  • 2 eggs, room temperature and separated
  • 1 and 1/3 cups (166g) all-purpose flour (spooned & leveled)
  • 1/4 cup (32g) cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons (7g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp; 56g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • Liquid or gel red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk, room temperature
  • Cream cheese frosting for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. This recipe yields 14 cupcakes, so you'll have 2 cupcakes to bake in a second batch.

  2. Whip Egg Whites: Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat 2 egg whites until soft peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

  3. Prepare Dry Ingredients: Sift together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.

  4. Cream Butter and Sugar: Using a mixer, beat butter until smooth. Add sugar and beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

  5. Incorporate Wet Ingredients: Add oil, egg yolks, vanilla, vinegar, and food coloring. Mix until combined. Gradually add dry ingredients and buttermilk, alternating and mixing just until incorporated. Fold in whipped egg whites.

  6. Bake: Spoon batter into cupcake liners and bake for 20-21 minutes or until cupcakes spring back when touched. Do not overbake. Cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

  7. Frosting: Prepare cream cheese frosting and generously frost cupcakes before serving.

Enjoy the decadence of these red velvet cupcakes— a delightful harmony of flavors and textures that is perfect for any occasion!

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