Red Velvet Chocolate Cupcakes are light, fluffy with a deep dark chocolate flavor with addictive creamy super easy cream cheese Frosting.
Red Velvet Chocolate Cupcakes is all about the Cream Cheese Frosting
Check out those light and fluffy swirls of frosting. We know you would be all lining up to lick a spatula if given the choice. This recipe is so easy that you can make your own in a flash. Heck, then you can lick the whole bowl.
I have a cupcake recipe that is just as brilliantly red and classic as Rudolph’s shiny nose. Red Velvet Chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting all decked out in Christmas flare. This is exactly what is needed to start off the holiday season in a blissful way.
They are so moist, decadent and the cream cheese frosting is delicately sweet. If you need to bring a dessert to pass to a holiday gathering or are looking for a quick thoughtful happy holidays gift for neighbors and friends, this is a great idea and very elegant. These little Red Velvet Chocolate Cupcakes can be made in advance and can either be served plain, with cream cheese frosting or with frosting and holiday decorations for the kids.
Secret to getting a Deep Red Velvet chocolate cupcake
In many red velvet chocolate cakes, red food coloring is used to obtain the red color. However it is the reaction of acidic vinegar and buttermilk that tends to better reveal the red anthocyanin in the cocoa and gives this desert its brilliant red velvety color.
During World War II, many foods were rationed so bakers used boiled beets to enhance the color of their cakes. Boiled grated beets or beet baby food can be used in the red velvet cake and it is healthy and keeps the cake moist. However, your cake will be more deep purple-brown instead of red but just equally yummy.
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Red Velvet Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Red Velvet Chocolate Cupcakes
- 2.5 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 oz beet juice
- 1/2 cup butter
unsalted - room temperature
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup buttermilk
( buttermilk exchange: put 1 tablespoon white vinegar in a bowl and add one cup milk and leave set for about 10-15 minutes until milk starts to turn or gets a little thicker)
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 1 tsp baking soda
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups icing sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
- Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl and set aside. In another smaller bowl, mix food coloring (or Beet Juice) and cocoa powder to form a paste and try to remove all the lumps and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla and the red cocoa paste, scraping down the bowl with a spatula as you go. Add one-third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beat well, then beat in half of the buttermilk. Beat in another third of flour mixture, then second half of buttermilk. End with the last third of the flour mixture, beat until well combined, making sure to scrape down the bowl with a spatula.
- In a small bowl but deeper bowl mix vinegar and baking soda. Add vinegar mixture to the cake batter and stir well to combine. (This is the step that really makes the red color of the cake pop) Fill cupcake baking tin lined with cupcake holders 3/4 full.
- Place muffin in your preheated oven. Bake for approximately 20- 23 minutes. (I have one of those funky ovens that does not heat evenly so you may want to turn or check on your cupcakes midway) The cupcakes are done when you are able to pat the tops and the cake springs back up or if toothpick comes out clean after you put it in the middle of the cupcake.
- Cool the cupcakes for 10 minutes on a wire rack and then remove and allow to cool completely before frosting.
- Procedure to make the cream cheese frosting: In a large bowl mix cream cheese, butter, vanilla and icing sugar until well blended. Place frosting into a piping bag and frost cupcakes, decorate with cute little holiday ornaments and enjoy.