Auntie Em's Red Velvet Cupcakes

Patrick Meyer


This recipe comes from a restaurant in LA that makes the BEST cupcakes! The cake will be moist and RED and the frosting will be silky and smooth. For those of you without a kitchen scale here are the cup conversions for the flour and sugar.
Flour: 15 1/2 ounces = 3 1/2 cups
Sugar: 13 ounces= 3 cups

These cupcakes are insanely good and I hope you enjoy them.


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  • 15 1/2 oz
    all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp
  • 1 1/4 tsp
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 c
    vegetable oil
  • 13 oz
    granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 c
  • 3
  • 2 Tbsp
    plus 2 teaspoons liquid red food coloring (not gel)
  • 1 1/4 tsp
  • 1 1/4 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 c

  • 1 1/2 lb
    cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 lb
    butter, at room temperature
  • 2 lb
    powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 Tbsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • ·
    red nonpareils, for ganish

How to Make Auntie Em's Red Velvet Cupcakes


  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder into a bowl and set aside.
  3. In a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix oil, sugar, and buttermilk until combined. Add eggs, food coloring, vinegar, vanilla and water and mix well. Add the dry ingredients a little bit at a time and mix on low, scraping down sides occasionally, and mix until just combined. Be sure not to over mix, or the batter will come out tough.
  4. Line 2 6-cup jumbo cupcake pans with jumbo paper liners, scoop the batter into the liners and bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.
  5. Whip the butter and cream cheese together in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until creamed. Gradually add powdered sugar to the mixture and scrape down the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and mix until combined.
  6. The frosting can be used right away, or stored in the refrigerator up to a week.
  7. Frost cooled cupcakes with the cream cheese frosting. Garnish with nonpareils.

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