Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes at The Happy Housewife

What says Valentine’s Day better than a bright red cupcake? Nothing! If you are looking for a fun treat this Valentine’s Day whip up a batch of red velvet cupcakes. I made my first batch this with the help of the folks from McCormick. When I started making them I realized that not only had I never made Red Velvet Cupcakes, I’d never even tasted them before! But how can you go wrong with cake?

Red Velvet Cupcakes

(recipe courtesy of McCormick)


Red Velvet Cupcakes

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons McCormick®Red Food Color
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 stick butter (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Vanilla Extract
  • 1 pound powdered sugar


For Cupcakes

  1. Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl cream butter and sugar for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, then mix in sour cream and milk.
  4. Mix in food coloring and vanilla.
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix until blended together. Do not over mix.
  6. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter.
  7. Bake for approximately 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

For Frosting

  1. Beat together cream cheese, butter, sour cream, and vanilla.
  2. Add powdered sugar until it reaches the desired consistency.
  3. When the cupcakes are cool, frost with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting.


For those of you who are hesitant to make a recipe with two gallons of red food coloring, one of my Facebook readers suggested using beet juice for the color instead of food coloring.




  1. Tricia Lynch says:

    My favorites are No Bake Cookies 🙂 Love the fudgyness!

  2. Red Velvet is a good one, but have you tried Blue Velvet? Also yummy!

  3. Nikki Johnson says:

    My favorite baked goods are Peanut Butter Cookies, my dad likes to say they are our ancient Norwegian recipe…but then he looks it up in the Red Better Homes and Garden Cookbook…but shhhhh haha

  4. Annagrace Young says:

    I love pumpkin rolls with cream cheese frosting! AND pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!! (Sorry, I couldn’t just pick one!!)

  5. My favorite baked good is iced sugar cookies.

  6. Oh, those look yummy! One of my favorites would have to be Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. 🙂

  7. I love brownies although there are several very close runner-ups!

  8. Wow. It’s hard to pick… I love snickerdoodles, but I just made some granola biscotti that is wonderful! 🙂

  9. My favorite are cinnamon rolls!

  10. I love cookies, especially chocolate chip,

  11. My favorite dessert is dark chocolate fudge cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream icing … a close second is a pineapple cupcake with cream cheese icing.

  12. Wow, how to choose a favorite. Might be shortbread cookies from my Scottish friend’s authentic recipe 😉
    (3 ingredients – easy!)

  13. I love baking brownies. Friends/family require me to bring them to all get-togethers. I have a gazillion recipes for different brownies and they are all delicious.


  14. My favorite baked good is cupcakes! Yummy 🙂

  15. Rich chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese icing. Yum!

  16. I love to bake cookies…I am cookie addict! Those cupcakes look yummy too!

  17. I LOVE pumpkin bread!! It’s something I make every year and it goes quickly. 🙂

  18. Banana bread..There is nothing better than homemade banana bread slightly toasted with cream cheese.

  19. My favorite baked good is a recipe from my mother-in-law. A chocolate cake make from scratch that has a homemade custard filling and the icing – chocolate of course – is made with strong brewed coffee for the liquid!!!

  20. Our favorite baked good is 7 Grain oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Yummy !!! Thanks for a chance to win this great prize 😉

  21. I love to bake oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake. I also love to bake my boys’ birthday cakes.

  22. I love ANYTHING Chocolate…but my real weakness is chocolate chip cookie dough and Brownies! Oh MY! LOL

    Everyone’s sounds yummy! Bananna Bread….and custard filling for chocolate cake…oh i think i may end up baking today!

  23. I love baking things my family always enjoyed around holidays. I love making homemade pumpkin pie, a chicken twist, and my husband loves pecan pie.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    I would so love that cherry apron. I have my kitchen done in a cherry theme!!
    Blessings to your family.

  24. Actually it’s red velvet cake. A true favorite in this house. Always a requested cake for the boys birthdays. My mom always had trouble making it from scratch for my birthday. I can’t wait to try this recipe.
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  25. For Valentine’s Day my favorite baked good is my mom’s butterscotch rolled cookies cut out with heart cookie cutters and iced with red, pink or white icing.

  26. I think my favorite is probably chocolate chip cookies. Of course, the banana bread that somebody mentioned also makes my mouth water…and I can at least pretend that is somewhat healthy. 🙂

  27. My favorite is cake, but I love love love Red Velvet Cake!
    Oh and Alton Brown’s Art of Darkness Brownies…. super yummy and very chocolate!

  28. I love oatmeal cookies!

  29. Poppy seed cake with lemon frosting! Yummmmy!

  30. We like peanut butter blossom cookies.

  31. My favorite is good ol’ Chocolate chip cookies, but I love any sweet treat really!

  32. My girls fav are brownies w/ chunks of Hershey chocolate in them. Yummy!!
    Why does the comment above mention 2 gallons of red food coloring? Did you just have to make a ton of cupcakes?? The recipe only states 2 TBS……

  33. My favorite is an old standby: chocolate chip cookies! The ooey gooeyness of it all!!

  34. anything……cakes, brownies, pies, truffles……I have a killer sweet tooth!

  35. My favorite is cheesecake. Or cookies – I’ve never met a kind I didn’t like!

  36. Dena Watkins says:

    I love red velvet cake, but have never made one except the kind that comes in a box.
    Saw where someone posted a blue velvet cake now that could be interesting. how do you make that one?
    Also how do we get entered into the giveaway for the mccormick valentine giveaway.

  37. Dena Watkins says:

    I love red velvet cake gonna have to keep this and try my hand at making. usually use red velvet from a box.

  38. Mmmm this recipe looks delicous!
    My favorite baked good is anything with lots of chocolate!

  39. Grandmothers German Chocolate cake…..yum.

  40. I love anything baked, but my favorite is homemade cinnamon rolls! Perfect way to start the day!

  41. Dona Perkins says:

    Geez, I don’t know if I can choose just one! I love to bake, but I particularly love to eat biscuits, homemade bread, and cinnamon rolls. Anything really! 🙂

  42. Any kind of bread…yummy!

  43. I don’t know if I can choose just one:) I LOVE Red Velvet Cake, mmmm! If I had to pick one favorite thing to bake it would be muffins, since that’s what I make the most for the kids, banana muffins to be exact 🙂

  44. I love gobs (aka whoopie pies). When we couldn’t make it home for Christmas (the only time of year that my family makes them) this past December, my mom sent us a bag to enjoy. 🙂

  45. My favorite baked goods are usually muffins. Healthier than cupcakes and an easy breakfast. But I’ll definitely enjoy cupcakes for a treat!

  46. I love any muffin or cupcake. I feel good about eating it because it’s already portion controlled…or at least, that’s what I tell myself, lol!

  47. Never had red velvet before myself…would love to try though as those cupcakes look YUMMY 🙂 My current favorite sweet treat is carrot cake.

  48. I would have to say anything pumpkin or brownies would make it to the top of my baked goods list!

  49. CARROT CAKE is my favorite baked good. Here is my recipe

  50. Red velevt cupcakes sound yummy. will have to try it. My favorite chocolate treat is chocolate cinnamon brownies. I made up a batch and took half of them for a girlfriend weekend. We ate ice cream with them last night. I left some home for hubby and daughter cuz they love them too. I hope there’s still some left!

  51. Brownies . . . ‘nuf said. 🙂

  52. We just made some cheesecake. Yum. My favorite baked good is usually the one that’s in front of me. Thank you for the beet juice idea.

  53. Fav baked good: Lemon Riccota Cake…OMG! Delish.

  54. I’ve actually had this page open all weekend. I didn’t even realize there was a giveaway at stake! I couldn’t get my eyes off the cupcakes.
    I’m heading to my grocery store today so I can make these.

  55. Chocolate…brownies…chocolate chip cookies, banana bread, pumpkin bread, you name it and I probably love it. Can’t pick a favorite. Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. My favorite baked good today are the whole wheat bread bowls I made last night to serve homemade cheesy corn and bacon chowder after church today.

  57. I had planned on making raspberry cheesecake for the hubs but I think the little boys would LOVE these. Guess I’ll have to do both 😉

  58. Chocolate Chip Cookies…Oh how I love them…just thinking about them makes my mouth water…

  59. I looove my great grandmother’s hermits. there is just something about molasses and raisins that tastes soooo good!

  60. Wow, they turned out fantastic. I wish I could have one…right NOW!! {pregnancy hormones in overdrive craving cupcakes 🙂 }

  61. 2 TABLESPOONS of food colouring! lol, I’ll go with the beet juice! But otherwise, this might be a recipie I have to try!

  62. I think my favorite baked goods are homemade bread and cookies…oh, you meant a recipe?

    I have two daughters who would adore this package – they like all things sprinkles.

  63. I love cupcakes….red velvet with cream cheese icing is a favorite!

  64. Elizabeth L says:

    Any baked good is fine with me, but I always love some good ol’ fashion birthday cake!

  65. Chocolate Chip Cookies or brownies!

  66. Chocolate Chip cookies!

  67. Love some great coffee cake… who wouldn’t like cake for breakfast? : )

  68. My favorite baked good is Pecan Pie! ITs so yummy!

  69. stampedwithgrace says:

    banana bread is one of my favorites 🙂

  70. Favorite baked things are my Grandmama’s Chocolate Chip cookies. She follows the recipe on the back of the bag of chocolate chips but every time they come out so soft!!!! My favorite way for a cookie. We have great laughs over the cookies and she still after all these years doesn’t know how her way of crunchy cookies won’t come up. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and all the Grandmama’s out there!!

  71. So hard to choose!! I guess I’d say favorite baked good would have to be brownies, the corner pieces.

  72. Chocolate cake is my favorite!

  73. Vanessa Verhagen says:

    We love cake of all kinds. But chocolate chip cookies with white & milk chips and toffee pieces always get my family in a good mood.

  74. Love the red velvet made a guitar cake for my 4 yr olds bday with it 🙂

  75. Thanks for passing along this recipe. I’ve only had Red Velvet Cake once, and I wasn’t the biggest fan–and everyone thinks I’m crazy for that! I’ve wanted to try it again, but didn’t even know where to start.

    Favorite Baked Good? That’s tough–anything chocolate, or Homemade Carrot Cake.

  76. Heidi Kartel says:

    Blueberry oat muffins made from scratch. They are the best!

  77. Nadine Scott says:

    My favorite to make and my family’s favorite to receive is sour cream pound cake.

  78. I love red velvet anything! I love cupcakes to :)!

  79. Elizabeth Calcutt says:

    I love to bake anything. Now that I am caregiver for my 84 year old Dad I don’t have much time to bake. I love brownies and of course red velvet cake. I made big red velvet cookies to give to my Dad’s doctor for Christmas. It was a great hit.

  80. I love carrot cake!