Red velvet cupcakes with chocolate buttercream

These fluffy, moist red velvet cupcakes are deliciously chocolately with the added tang of a chocolate icing.

  • 45 mins cooking
  • Makes 22
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Red velvet cupcakes
  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour
  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1¼ cup (275g) caster sugar
  • 1½ cups (375ml) buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon red food colouring
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup (160ml) vegetable oil
  • chocolate sprinkles and red sugar pearls, to decorate
Chocolate buttercream
  • 200 g dark chocolate, chopped finely
  • 250 g butter, softened
  • 500 g icing sugar mixture, sifted
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) milk (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 150°C (130°C fan-forced). Line 2 x 12 hole muffin trays (1/3 cup/80ml) capacity with 22 paper cases.
  • 2
    Sift flours, soda and cocoa powder into a large bowl, add sugar; stir to combine.
  • 3
    Combine the buttermilk and food colouring in a small jug.
  • 4
    Whisk in eggs, vanilla and oil into flour mixture, then buttermilk mixture. Whisk until smooth and combined.
  • 5
    Spoon ¼ cup (60ml) of mixture into paper cases. Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Stand cakes in pans for 5 minutes before turning onto wire rack to cool.
Chocolate buttercream
  • 6
    Place chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl; microwave on medium (50%) power for 40-60 seconds or until almost melted. Stir until smooth; cool. Beat the butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy and as white as possible. Beat in the icing sugar mixture and milk. On low speed beat in vanilla extract and melted chocolate.
  • 7
    Top cold cakes with Chocolate Buttercream and decorate with chocolate sprinkles and sugar pearls.

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