Red Velvet Cupcakes

Makes 12


  • 125g butter, softened
  • 250ml castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml flour
  • 60ml cocoa powder
  • 2ml bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch salt
  • 125ml  buttermilk
  • 15ml  red food colouring
  • Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 80g butter, softened
  • 125g thick cream cheese, softened
  • 5ml vanilla extract
  • 500ml icing sugar, sifted


  1. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and creamy.
  2. Add eggs gradually, beating well after each addition. 
  3. Combine buttermilk and colouring and  add to creamed mixture alternately with the dry ingredients. 
  4. Spoon into cup cake papers and bake at 160°C for 25 to 30 minutes. 
  5. Remove and cool.
  6. Icing: 
    1. Beat butter, cream cheese and essence together.
    2. Gradually add sifted icing sugar beating well.
    3. Spread or pipe onto cupcakes.