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Red Velvet Cupcakes

All of the key ingredients for a traditional red velvet cake—cocoa, buttermilk, vinegar, and red food coloring—are here in these colorful cupcakes. They will be a hit for Christmas, Valentine's Day, the Fourth of July, or any other special occasion where red and white are the colors of choice.

Oxmoor House JANUARY 2008

  • Yield: 1 dozen (serving size: 1 cupcake)
  • Cook time:16 Minutes
  • Prep time:11 Minutes
  • Other:30 Minutes


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Cream Cheese Frosting


Preheat oven to 350°.

Place 12 paper muffin cup liners in muffin cups. Set aside.

Combine granulated sugar and shortening in a bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add egg; beat until creamy.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine buttermilk and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, stirring with a whisk just until smooth. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Bake at 350° for 16 to 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons Cream Cheese Frosting over tops of cupcakes.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 200
  • Fat: 7.3g
  • Saturated fat: 3.6g
  • Protein: 4.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 29.9g
  • Cholesterol: 32mg
  • Iron: 0.7mg
  • Sodium: 252mg
  • Calories from fat: 33%
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Calcium: 30mg

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