dead velvet cupcakes

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Red Velvet Cupcakes, AKA Dead Velvet Cupcakes, are the perfect blend of rich cream cheese frosting with a tender, chocolate meets red crumb cupcake! Certainly great anytime of the year, but even more spooky when made for Halloween! 


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Muffin Tin + liners or nonstick spray

dead velvet cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes, AKA Dead Velvet Cupcakes, are the perfect blend of rich cream cheese frosting with a tender, chocolate meets red crumb cupcake!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Comfort Flavour
Keyword dead velvet cupcakes, Halloween, red velvet cupcakes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Author Cook with Meg


  • Muffin tin



  • 1 ⅓ cups all purpose flour or cake flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter softened
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • ½ cup buttermilk- also room temperature Make your own: ½ cup milk + 1 ½ tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp white vinegar we are adding this even if you make your own buttermilk above
  • 1 tbsp red food colourinig if you're using gel colouring, use ½ - 1 tsp


  • 1 block of softened cream cheese (8 oz, or 250g block)
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt



  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 1 muffin tin with liners.
  • Add the dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk together to remove any lumps then set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or separate bowl, cream your butter for about 2 minutes. Start on low then increase the speed. (use the paddle attachment if you’re using a stand mixer).
  • Add sugar then beat for another 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides every 30 seconds or so. 
  • Now let’s add the eggs, one at a time.
  • Add the rest of the wet: oil, buttermilk, vanilla and food colouring. Mix until everything is nice and smooth.
  • Let’s now mix in the dry ingredients and blend for only about 30 seconds total. If you see a few lumps it’s ok, we want these to be super tender. The more you mix, the tougher they become! 
  • Fill your muffin tins about ¾ full and bake about 20 minutes at 350, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Make the frosting and pipe or spoon onto cupcakes once they are totally cooled.


  • In a bowl of the stand mixer, or a bowl with electric mixer, cream the softened butter for about 2 minutes. 
  • Add in the cream cheese and continue to mix for about 2 minutes. 
  • Add the vanilla, pinch of salt, and then powdered sugar a bit at a time until the frosting is totally creamy and delicious! 

Want more dinner ideas, AKA din-spiration?

Did you love Dead Velvet Cupcakes? Why not try our Maple Curry Chicken Penne?

SOO GOOD! Enjoy! Meg xo

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