Red Velvet Cupcakes

You don’t have to wait for the 14th of February for you to be treated /treat yourself to red velvet cupcakes.

  • 1 ½ cups self-raising flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup buttermilk (Mix 1 cup milk and 2 tbsp. of vinegar or lemon juice. Let it stand for at least 5 mins)
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. red gel food colouring ( or 2 tbsp. of liquid red food colouring )
  • 3 tbsps. icing sugar for dusting*


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C .
  2. Line your cupcake pan with cupcake cases or oil your cupcake pans and dust them with a little flour.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder and set this aside.
  4. Beat together the eggs and the sugar till light and fluffy.
  5. Add the oil and the vanilla essence to the egg mixture. Mix until combined.
  6. Alternatively add the flour mixture and the buttermilk to the egg mixture. Mix till combined.
  7. Combine the red food colouring with the vinegar. Mix this into the cupcake batter.
  8. Fill each cupcake case about ¾. Bake for 17 minutes.
  9. Let the cupcakes cool for about 5 minutes then take them out of the cupcake pans. Let them cool completely then dust with icing sugar
  10. ENJOY!!!

* If you’re up for the cream cheese frosting, here’s a link to a great recipe:


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