Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


There’s something about Super Bowl and the hoopla and the parties. I’ve never really been into it and my most in-depth participation in this old American tradition — and you can take my “in-depth participation” in football as lightly as you want — was yesterday. I probably shouldn’t tell you that aside from knowing that the game was going to be in our own backyard of Glendale, AZ, I knew nothing more of it until the day before. And when we went home, I found out that the players were staying at the hotel right across where we live. Obviously non-plussed. All I can say about the game is that it’s good to see the underdog win, and the two Mannings brothers have each won. See? I know a few things.

I’ve twice declared yesterday in mid-inebriation that Super Bowl is my new favorite holiday next to Christmas and Thanksgiving. Anything that involves a fiesta of good food and great company is right up my alley. What’s not to like? It makes me sound like complete glutton, but the easiest way to get me into anything is through food. At heart, I’m a man with a big stomach and and even bigger eye for food. Wait, that didn’t sound right… nevermind.

Yesterday for the party at Dan’s parents’ house, Dan and I brought spinach and artichoke dip, which garnered a handful of “Can you give me the recipe?”s, and red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Dan will tell you all about his amazing dip later — you better try it!

I’ll provide you with some artery-clogging-free pictures of cupcakes for now.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

These cupcakes were “semi-homemade”, thanks to the Sprinkle’s Cupcake Mix from Williams-Sonoma. I must admit, it was alright for what it was worth. I totally agree with Dan’s dad that he was expecting a little bit more moisture as you bite into the cupcake. It wasn’t awesome and I’ve had better red velvets, but this was nice to try, especially for the eye candy factor.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I just adore the red batter and the resulting cake color.

The cupcake mix kit comes with the cupcake mix and the candy topping of brown and red circle, which was a cute touch. It doesn’t include the confectioner’s sugar for the icing, but it was so good that I will post it up here for you and you can make it for your cupcakes. Dan, who is averse to cream cheese, liked it a lot.

Red Velvet Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Here’s the frosting recipe:

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz (227g) cold cream cheese
  • 1 stick (113 g) unsalted butter, firm but not cold
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 3/4 cups (375 g) confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


1. In a bwol of an electric mixer fitted with the flat batter, beat the cream cheese, butter and salt on medium-low speed until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Reduce the speed to low, gradually add teh confectioners’ sugar and beat until incorporated.

3. Add the vanilla and beat just until incorporated. Do not overmix or the frosting will incorporate too much air; it should be creamy and dense, like ice cream.

4. Add milk, 1 tsp at a time, if frosting does not have a spreadable consistency.

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  • February 4, 2008 2:41 pm

    Dry? They were pefect! Out of all the deserts on the table, everyone took one of these! Perfectly made. Thanks for bringing them. Mine was great with coffee this morning.

  • February 4, 2008 3:34 pm

    Those look moist and pretty! I wish I was invited to your Super Bowl party :)

  • joy
    February 5, 2008 12:31 pm

    Mary Anne — Thanks! The cupcake I had was to ‘crumbly’. Haha.

    Hillary — Thanks! Dan’s parents host great parties. Not to be missed for sure!

  • Frank
    February 5, 2008 3:59 pm

    to be frank, I can’t believe you spend 14 dollars to buy mix when you could obviously whip out a batch that actually looked like red velvet instead of play-doh (not critisizing your baking, just the mix) for less, or perhaps buy some red velvet from a store for the same rate.

    • Goodie
      August 14, 2011 1:56 pm

      Frank- sometimes it is OK to just let people splurge a little. Plus, it looks like she is trying to share something she enjoys. Why criticize?

      • joy
        August 17, 2011 12:09 pm

        Thanks, Goodie. It’s ok…I’m a much better baker now after a few years and will most probably not be using any store-bought mixes. Yay! :)

  • joy
    February 5, 2008 4:14 pm

    Frank – I know, but we were curious to know what the fuss was about the Sprinkles cupcake. We don’t live anywhere near where we can get the real thing, so when we saw the mix I thought we’d try it. Now I know better. I’m still starting out with baking and so very apprehensive about baking cakes and cupcakes (thus, the mix), but I think I will try red velvet from scratch since I just got a recipe for it from the mail. :-)

  • Anna
    May 10, 2008 7:10 pm

    Isn’t this cream cheese frosting recipe supposed to have 3 3/4 cups of confectioner‚Äôs sugar, not just 3/4 cups?

  • June 22, 2008 7:51 am

    Great pictures, thanks.

    I already know where to use them :)

    the captains last blog post..The big picture

  • cupcakes
    September 4, 2011 6:54 pm

    what kind of cream cheese do you use for the frosting?

    • joy
      September 13, 2011 1:06 am

      I use Philly cream cheese.

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