Valentine’s Day Inspired Red Velvet Cupcakes


No fancy V-day dinner out for us tonight. It can be impossible to go out when you have a newborn and a toddler at home. But I still wanted to do something special for hubby. My husband (and I!) love all things red velvet. So I decided to make my first attempt at baking red velvet cupcakes. I followed the McCormick Holiday recipe I found on The sweet cocoa and the richness of the cream cheese frosting make this treat so delectable! I used festive baking cups which I placed into the muffin pan. I also decorated the frosting with red and white sprinkles.

Here’s the recipe for 6 servings/cupcakes:

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Ready in: 40 minutes


½ cup flour

1 tbs and 1 ¾ tsp cocoa powder

¼ tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

3 tbs and ½ tsp butter, softened

1/3 cup and 1 tbs sugar

¾ egg

3 tbs and ½ tsp sour cream

1 tbs and 1 ¾ tsp milk

¼ (1 ounce) bottle Red Food Coloring

½ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:

¼ (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

2 ½ tsp butter, softened

1 ¼ tsp sour cream

½ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

¼ (16 ounce) box confectioners’ sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food coloring, and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not overbeat. Spoon batter into baking cups or muffin pan, filling each cup 2/3 full.
  3. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. Frost with vanilla cream cheese frosting.
  4. Vanilla cream cheese frosting: Beat softened cream cheese, butter, sour cream and pure vanilla extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.

It’s a miracle that I managed to bake these cupcakes in between nursing, burping, diaper-changing, and putting Kate to sleep! Thankfully my mother-in-law is here and she graciously helped watch the kids while I was in the kitchen.


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