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Today is a very important day. In fact, it’s a day that I cannot wait to share with you all not just because of how cool it is, but because of how incredibly proud and thrilled I am to be talking about such a subject. For years now I’ve been lucky enough to call Deborah from, Taste and Tell one of my dearest friends. She is one of the best people I know and I don’t know what I would do without her. And she happens to be incredibly talented as well so having such a friend is such a blessing. And today I get to tell you all just how awesome her first cookbook, Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook!!!

Red Velvet Lover's Cookbook

And of course I had to review one of the recipes for you so I went with red velvet cupcakes because I knew that’s what I would have the hardest time making. So, in order to see if it was truly good I went with my hardest. And it was awesome!!! Seriously, they are my new favorite for red velvet!

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This whole book is awesome and I totally get it if you don’t believe me at first since Deborah and I are friends, but when it comes to cookbooks I am pretty much ruthless. This one is awesome and absolutely perfect for gifts. Plus, like Deborah says, red velvet is for any holiday!

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In fact, as I was making these our little one suggested we turn it into a monster so I let her go to town and isn’t he so cute? The writing is easy, the recipes are tested and perfected and totally easy to follow and best of all, (other than that they taste awesome) the photos are beautiful. I’m such a sucker for seeing a picture of the recipe versus a big cook book with only a few photos. I’m not kidding, this book is fantastic and I hope you’ll click the link about to purchase. And make sure you tag, #redvelvetlovers if you do!

What Is Red Velvet Cake?

Red velvet cake is traditionally a red, red-brown, mahogany, maroon, crimson or scarlet colored chocolate layer cake.

It is more than just red food coloring added to chocolate cake.

Red Velvet cake is made with cocoa powder, vinegar and buttermilk.

The chemical reaction between these ingredients help give the cake a deep maroon color that is often enhanced by extra food coloring.

What Kind of Frosting Is Used On Red Velvet Cake?

Red Velvet cake is usually frosted with cream cheese frosting.

But, originally, red velvet cake was topped with boiled frosting, called ermine icing.

Ermine icing is made by whipping a cooked flour/milk paste into butter and granulated sugar.

This frosting is lightly sweet with a fluffiness reminiscent of whipped cream.


Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

2.23 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 24 cupcakes


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

cream cheese frosting

  • 12 ounces cream cheese
  • 12 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar plus 1 tablespoon
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoons vanilla


For the cupcakes

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and cocoa.
  • Set aside.
  • In a mixer, combine the sugars and oil until smooth.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until smooth.
  • Mix in the red food coloring.
  • Keep the bowl scraped down and alternating between the dry ingredients and buttermilk, add while mixing on low.
  • Stir in the vanilla.
  • Combine the vinegar and baking soda in a small dish then fold in.
  • Fill cupcake liners in a muffin tin about 2/3 full and bake for 18 minutes.
  • Cool completely on a rack.

For the frosting

  • In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter.
  • Add the powdered sugar then sour cream and vanilla.
  • Spread onto the cooled cupcakes.


cupcakes can be frozen for up to 3 months
Nutrition Facts
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 249mg11%
Potassium 57mg2%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 408IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

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  • Reddddd Velvettttt! is my go to cake. I was actually at a birthday party last week and ended up taking some extra RV cupcakes home..i didn’t steal them 🙂

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    • Isn’t it just the scrumdidliest?! And sometimes they are waaaaay too tangy but this one isn’t!

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  • You are fast, my friend!! Thank you so much for sharing and I’m so glad that you enjoyed the cupcakes!!

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    • Wellllll, they are amazing!

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  • A cookbook just for red velvet recipes? I’M SOLD!

    Tweezers and Tongs

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  • Oh my gosh, a red velvet cookbook? That sounds amazing! And those cupcakes look soo yummy!

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    • Right?! It is pure awesomeness!

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  • I’m need a couple of these gorgeous cupcakes now! Can’t wait to check out this must-have cookbook!

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