Friday, March 19, 2010

The Best Red Velvet I Have Ever Had

I went to visit my family in Idaho a few weeks ago and my aunt had some of these delicious Red Velvet cupcakes sitting out on her counter waiting for us. They were arranged on a pretty cake stand and just begging to be eaten. She baked hers in JUMBO muffin cups and that made them seem more evil than they already are. They are killer! I gushed and gushed over them saying that they truly were "the best red velvet I have ever had" and asked for her recipe... 4 times. Finally, she gave in stating "It's my recipe BUT I do start with a box." I was shocked. I am not a boxed cake mix kind of girl. I asked her if I could post the recipe once I had a chance to make them myself and she said yes!
Please make these. The cupcake recipe is courtesy my Aunt Linda and the filling and frosting are my own "go-to" recipes. They take some time but are worth it! People will just melt over these. They are so delicious!
Aunt Linda's Red Velvet Cuppies

1 box Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix
1 box Jello brand Devil's Food Chocolate Pudding
1 16 ounce container sour cream

Follow the directions on the back of the cake box as directed and add the pudding mix, dry, then add the sour cream and fill muffin tin, lined with paper muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake as directed on box. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Cream Cheese Filling

1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Whip cream cheese and butter for 5 minutes and add sugar one cup at a time. Add vanilla last and whip 3-5 additional minutes. Fill a pastry bag with the cream cheese filling and pipe into the cupcakes by putting the tip 1/2 way into the center of the cupcake and squeezing. You will notice the cupcake "plump" up.

Vanilla Buttercream (perfection!)

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
4-5 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla

Whip butter for 5 minutes (until light and fluffy) and add 2 cups of powdered sugar, then vanilla and incorporate. Add remaining sugar and whip an additional 5 minutes. Frost or pipe as desired.


  1. I didn't know you could buy a red velvet cake mix. Love the gorgeous color. Sounds like I'd better give them a try!

  2. Awesome! I love when mixes save me time! ;)

  3. These look great, we don't have red velvet mix here in the UK - yet.

  4. What beautiful cupcakes. I am usually a scratch cake person, but a good shortcut is nice to have, especially when it comes with a testimonial from you!

  5. Talk about "yum!" I haven't made red velvet in years. It may be just about time :)

  6. Beautiful! I've never made red velvet! I will have to give it a shot soon. I just need an excuse to make red velvet cupcakes...hmm!

  7. I love red velvet cake, but I'm mostly excited to get your buttercream recipe! Ever since we had our Mac day and I had a taste of your buttercream I've been wanting to make it, now I can. Thanks putting it up.

  8. I can't get boxed mixes here but you have me all teary eyed because my dad used to make cakes and cupcakes with a box of Duncan Hines cake mix + a box of Jello pudding. I grew up on that and though, like you, I now turn my nose up at that I would definitely eat these with joy and nostalgia!