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Classic Red Velvet Cupcakes
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Hello friends!

Have you ever noticed that the word “classic” looks really strange if you stare at it for too long?

Or the word velvet? Two v’s, c’mon people it’s weird and you know it.

Thankfully, the word “cupcakes” is never weird, no matter how long you crave to eat a dozen stare at it.

Classic Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe - On Sugar Mountain

And I believe staring atย these particular cupcakes will get you craving some red velvet immediately! I’m sort of shocked that it’s taken me this long to post about red velvet cake, seeing as how it’s one of my all-time favorite flavors. True, I have aย lot of favorite cakes, but I fell in love with red velvet the first moment I sank my teeth into a decadent cream-cheese frosted slice.

So it shouldn’t surprise me that there are others of you out there, also in love with the big red, but what does surprise me is how creative red-velvet junkies can be. Red Velvet Brownies, Cookies, Pancakes, Cinnamon Rolls

The list is literally insane. I think one could have an entire diet revolving around red velvet. Healthy? Nooooo. Delicious?


Classic Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe - On Sugar Mountain

Though you may be bombarded with crazy red-velvet overload these next few days, take a moment and remember how good the classics are: like this cupcake.

Simple. Decadent. Adorable. Easily portable/stuffable into one’s mouth. All characteristics I admire in my baked goods. :)

And I have to tell you; piping cupcakes can be a great stress-reliever. Don’t stare! I’m serious! I know that piping cupcakes can seem difficult at times, but it just takes practice. Practice that involves piping frosting directly into your mouth afterwards. This frosting is quite thick, so if you aren’t happy with how the piping looks, you can easily scoop it right off and start over. There are a bunch of tutorials and youtube videos about how to “properly” pipe frosting, but really, it’s whatever floats your boat. And for me, there’s nothing more fun than standing at my kitchen counter, piping bag poised like a painter’s brush, and giving my cupcakes that added bit of cuteness.

Can you tell I miss art class? Though these little “illustrations” are edible, which is vastly more fun than those boring ones I made in art class that just hung on the wall, all not edible.

Classic Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe - On Sugar Mountain

And can you believe I took this picture with instagram?!

Classic Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe - On Sugar Mountain

I am a) super excited about how cute it is and b) sort of frustrated that my phone gets a better picture immediately than my Canon PowerShot gets even after PhotoShop. I will, one day, learn how to properly use this freaking camera.

But for today, woo for instagram! and camera phones! and cute cupcakes!

Woo for all that is delicious in life. :)

Classic Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe - On Sugar Mountain

They’re calling for some serious snow up here in my neck of the woods; so I’ll be hunkered down, whipping up more delicious treats to share with you all next week!

Stay warm and, as always,

Happy Baking!


Classic Red Velvet Cupcakes

Recipe Source: Bakerella

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • red food coloring (I used 1 oz, she calls for 2)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 cupcake pans with paper liners.
  2. In one large bowl, whisk together first 5 ingredients (flour through salt) until well combined. In a separate, large bowl, whisk together the next 6 ingredients (eggs through food coloring) until well combined.
  3. Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix on the lowest speed your mixer has until you reach a smooth consistency.
  4. Pour 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup batter into each cupcake liner, filling them about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake at 350 for 15-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean
  6. Let cool in pan for a few minutes before carefully removing to wire rack to cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter, at room temp
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 6-7 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Cream butter and cream cheese until well combined. Add vanilla.
  2. Working with 1 to 2 cups at a time, beat in the powdered sugar. Beat until smooth consistency is reached.

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  • Ashley

    Written on February 8, 2013

    Red velvet is hands down my favorite flavor for cupcakes. This is making me want to go make some asap!

  • Sally

    Written on February 8, 2013

    I’m making a red velvet recipe tonight! We must be on the same wavelength. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love red velvet and don’t enjoy it nearly enough. These cupcakes look like perfection. The frosting piped on top looks like vanilla soft serve. Love the swirls!

    • Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

      Written on February 10, 2013

      Thanks Sally! I had so much fun piping the frosting for these cupcakes, though more frosting MAY have ended up in my mouth than on the cakes ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I can’t wait to see your red velvet creations – Sure to be a crowd pleaser !

  • Curry and Comfort

    Written on February 8, 2013

    Seriously!! That instagram photos is amazing!! I sometimes get mad at my canon lenses too… they are supposed to take better pictures for all the money they cost. My point and shoot takes better photos sometimes. Urgh.

    Love these beautiful cupcakes.. you did an amazing job icing them. :) Have a great weekend my friend. ~ Ramona

  • themondaybox

    Written on February 9, 2013

    I think all of your photos look great. They are focused, the lighting is good, they are not cluttered with all kinds of props, AND they make your mouth water while looking at them! I also use a Canon Power Shot. When you figure it out further, please let me in on the secrets :)

  • wanda

    Written on July 1, 2013

    Hi Jess beautiful cup cakes. I just made some this past week end they were not near as pretty as yours. I had to much in the cup or not enough, I used a med. Pampered Chief scope. What is my problem? What tip size did u use? Love your sight
    Wanda P

  • Chris

    Written on October 4, 2013

    Yes, they look really great and yummy and I even think now of having one … or two … or …

  • Tamra

    Written on October 14, 2014

    I tried your red velvet cupcakes this am…they turned out very chewy. What did I do wrong??? Only thing I can think of is I used gel food coloring…was that wrong?

    • Jess Gonzalez

      Written on October 15, 2014

      Hi Tamra,

      I’m so sorry they didn’t turn out the way you wanted! Gel food coloring is totally OK; however, may I ask how old your baking soda is? I know I totally botched a batch of cupcakes the other day because I used older baking soda and they didn’t end up rising enough and ended up a bit dense. The other issue could be overmixing, which is always a little hard to tell. It’s always good to mix until it just seems smooth. When in doubt, you can break out the whisk instead of the hand mixer. I hope this helps!


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