Sucking up to the boss with Red Velvet Cupcakes

Today is my boss’ birthday, and so I decided I would make Red Velvet cupcakes as all of us in the office are foodies and I knew everyone would appreciate them. I hadn’t made them before, but had seem them appear in numerous blogs and in various cupcake shops springing up all around Melbourne.

This recipe I’ve adapted from a Martha Stewart one. It’s very easy, and they turned out super moist and soft. Topped with cinnamon cream cheese icing, they are definitely a great way to get on you boss’ good side πŸ˜‰


3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tbsp red food dye
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted
1 tbsp unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp white vinegar

115g cream cheese, softened
3 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 180C degrees. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. Beat sugar and oil on medium-high speed until well combined. Add egg, food colour, buttermilk and vanilla and beat until mixed.
  3. In a large bowl, sift flour, cocoa, and salt.
  4. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together the baking soda and vinegar (it will foam); add mixture to the batter, and mix for about 10 seconds.
  6. Fill the cupcake papers three-quarters full, making sure that the batter is divided evenly. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer muffin pan to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes.
  7. To make the cinnamon cream frosting: Combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add cinnamon and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  8. Either pipe or spoon icing onto cupcakes before serving.
  9. Store cupcakes in the refrigerator up to 3 days in airtight containers; bring to room temperature before serving.

Makes 12

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7 Responses to Sucking up to the boss with Red Velvet Cupcakes

  1. Kaz says:

    Do you have no shame Suz ?? x

  2. Fiona says:

    they look sooo cool i tried to make them and put even double the amount of food they in but they are not red at all 😦 im such a loser in baking haha πŸ˜€ but they taste awesome:)

    • Sarah says:

      Fiona! Nice to hear from you πŸ™‚ How is Germany treating you??
      Did you use vinegar and buttermilk?? That’s the key to getting them super red! Something to do with the reaction between those two in the cooking..
      Hope all is well xx

  3. Fiona says:

    I did put in all of it but probably not in the right order πŸ˜‰ i will try them again the look soo cool;) also how do you get the the icing so firm (dont know if thats the right word) so that you can make it look so good like on your picture?
    Im good atm studying for exams its a bit stressing but fine:) how are you???

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