Semi-homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cupcakes_01Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  Yum. Cupcakes_sidebysideWhen we brainstorming about dessert ideas for the Garden Party Bridal Shower we put together, our first thought was red velvet.  

The best part about these cupcakes, they are REALLY easy to make!  One box of white cake mix + red food coloring + sour cream = total deliciousness.  Whip up some homemade cream cheese frosting and you have yourself a tasty and beautiful dessert.  RedVelvet_TitlePicWe used two different red & white patterned cupcake liners and added a few sprinkles to each, and voila – the perfect dessert for a Southern garden party bridal shower.  


 A special thanks to Caroline of Chocolate & Cupcakes for helping frost the cupcake – she is so sweet & incredibly talented!!


Red Velvet Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Frosting
Yields 24
Semi-homemade red velvet cupcakes
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For the cupcakes
  1. 1 box white cake mix (mix with pudding recommended)
  2. 1 cup sour cream
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. 1/4 cup oil
  5. 1 bottle red food coloring
  6. 3 large eggs
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the frosting
  1. 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) at room temperature
  2. 8 ounce block of cream cheese at room temperature
  3. 3 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pan
  3. Mix cake mix, sour cream, water, oil, food coloring, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute.
  4. Scrape sides of bowl and blend on medium for 2 minutes.
  5. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes (or until cooked through).
For the frosting
  1. Cream butter and cream cheese together with an electric mixer until fully combined.
  2. Add sugar one cup at a time, mixing until fully combined after each addition.
  3. Add vanilla, mix until combined.
  4. Apply frosting to FULLY COOLED cupcakes using preferred method (we used a pastry bag & metal tip).
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