• Cooking Time: 18-20
  • Servings: 12
  • Preparation Time: 15


The classic Red Velvet cake is one not to go unnoticed. However, I like to spice things up and add a little almond to the mixture. Bring an old classic to a new twist.


  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 1/4 cups sifted pastry/cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder (scharffen berger preffered)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Vanilla Almond Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3-4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 12 muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl sift together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder.
  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes).
  • Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Add the egg and beat until incorporated.
  • make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • In a measuring cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food coloring, set aside.
  • With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture.
  • In a small cup combine the vinegar and baking soda.
  • Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake batter.
  • Working quickly, divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups and smooth the tops with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 18 -20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.
  • Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes and them remove from pan.
  • Let cool completely before frosting.
  • Frosting:
  • Put cream cheese and butter in bowl of electric mixer and blend on low until light and fluffy.
  • Add salt and incorporate.
  • Add sugar, vanilla, and almond. Blend again on low until sugar is incorporated – approx. 1 minute.
  • Increase speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy all the way through. Do not over beat or you will get too much air in the frosting.
  • Adjust powdered sugar to your desired consistency.

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Author Credit: Annette Starbuck

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