Red Velvet Cupcakes



Vibrant red velvet cupcakes topped with tangy cream cheese frosting. Make these for Valentine's day, Christmas, the Fourth of July, or any day!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened, for cake)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (for cake)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (for cake)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring (or enough to achieve desired color)
  • 1 1/2 blocks cream cheese (12 oz., 1 block = 8 oz.)
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter (for frosting)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (for frosting)
  • 1 dash salt (for frosting)
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    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    2. Line two 12-cavity cupcake pans with baking papers. Set aside.
    3. Place the butter, canola oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla into a large mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, cream the ingredients together on medium speed for 1 minute, or until smooth. Add the eggs and continue to beat for a minute more, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
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