The best red velvet cupcake recipe (repost), plus Cupcakes 4 Kids With Cancer

February 11, 2014
One of the most viewed posts on this site is the recipe for red velvet cupcakes, and every few weeks I get a request for the link to “that cupcake recipe”.Since it’s the week of love, hearts and red, I thought I’d share this Sasko recipe again – consider this my act of love to you…The recipe is an easy one, the icing is amazing, and the cupcakes come out bright red (and not just light red or dark pink). The recipe yields about 12 regular-sized cupcakes, or 24 mini cupcakes, and you can decorate them any way you want.90f7a83107aa6b565c3f76418ae895fc


1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup Sasko Cake Flour
1/3 cup oil
2 tablespoon cocoa powder
1- 2 tablespoons liquid red food colouring (can adjust to your desired colour)
2 teaspoons vanilla essence (or one teaspoon vanilla extract)
1/2 teaspoon Moir’s Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Combine buttermilk and vinegar in a bowl and set aside.
Combine sugar, oil and extracts/essences in a large mixing bowl. Add the buttermilk mix and combine thoroughly.
Add the rest of your dry ingredients, mix until all lumps are gone. Lastly add your red liquid food colouring. Mix thoroughly
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.
Bake for 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a cupcake comes out clean.
Wait at least 30 minutes, or until completely cool to frost.

Butter cream icing
75g butter
3-4 cups icing sugar, sifted
2-3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Cream butter, milk and vanilla essence. Gradually add icing sugar until smooth and creamy and forms peaks. Decorate cupcakes as desired.

Cupcakes giving hope

International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day is coming up on 15 February and the non-profit organisation Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer is asking for your baking (or buying) help.


Spread the cupcake love this February by getting your school or company involved. Become a Cupcake Angel by hosting your own ‘Party of HOPE’. This will be a fun way to create awareness and to help raise funds for children with cancer. For more info email Rochelle at Visit or head to the Facebook page.

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  • paddatjiesema

    I have to say, I’ve made a few different red velvet cupcakes, and I’ve tasted many, and this is by far the best one I’ve had. Even my husband, who doesn’t eat cake loves this.

    Only thing I’m doing differently is making a cream cheese icing, instead of butter cream.

    February 11, 2014 at 8:39 am Reply
  • cupcakemummy

    I need to find a vegan friendly recipe for yummy red velvet cupcakes. one of the things i miss since changing my lifestyle

    February 11, 2014 at 9:22 am Reply
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