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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Prep time
20 mins
Cook time
20 mins
Total time
40 mins

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE:

  • 2 ½ cup GF all-purpose flour (I used Vitacost baking flour)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vinegar (I used Vitacost apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 oz red food coloring

FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2.5 to 3 cups powdered sugar (I used Vitacost certified organic powdered sugar) 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Makes about 24 cupcakes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter, eggs, buttermilk, apple cider vinegar, and pure vanilla extract, and mix well.
  3. Add the granulated sugar, and mix well.
  4. Add the cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda, and mix well.
  5. Add the flour, and mix well.
  6. Add the red food coloring, and mix well. 
  7. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake liners.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool and then transfer to a wire rack.
  9. While the cupcakes are baking, make the cream cheese frosting. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and pure vanilla extract. Mix together with a spatula and then use an egg beater or mixer machine if you have one. This makes the frosting smoother and creamy. Start with 2.5 cups of powdered sugar and if you need more, then add another ½ cup. If you want more frosting, you can double the amounts for the frosting recipe.
  10. Frost the cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
  11. Can sprinkle some leftover red velvet cake on top of frosted cupcakes - ½ to 1 cupcake should do. 
Gluten-free Red Velvet Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcake batter
Making Red Velvet Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcakes out of the oven
Red Velvet Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Red Velvet Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Big bite of a Red Velvet Cupcake
Delicious gluten-free Red Velvet Cupcakes
Occasion:
Valentine's Day
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