Picture of Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

After much help from our IT department at work I decided to give them a little love. I am always in search of a great red velvet recipe and came across this one from Ms. Paula Deen. This is so far the most delish red velvet cupcakes i’ve had. I have yet to find a recipe as good as this…

It was moist, flavorful, and the frosting!!! YUM!!!!! I baked them the night before and didn’t frost them until i got to my desk at work the next day. I didn’t want the frosting to get stuck to the lid in transit. Everyone knows the frosting is the best part!! The frosting was made the morning of and i placed it in ziplock bags…so it “sat” for a while. About an hour to be exact. So I think it gave time for all the flavors to marry.

PDeen Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • Chopped pecans and fresh raspberries or strawberries, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.