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Red Velvet Cupcakes

We just love these cupcakes and they do look impressive once finish. I always feel like a Cupcake Queen when I put these out on the table.

Makes: 30 regular size Cupcakes


2½ cups All Purpose Flour

½ cup Cocoa powder

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

½ teaspoon Salt

1 cup Butter, softened

2 cups Sugar

4 Eggs

1 cup Sour Cream

½ cup Milk

30ml Red Food Colour

2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180˚C.
  2. Sieve flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together.
  3. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric beater on medium speed for 5 minutes or until light on fluffy.
  4. Beat eggs in one at a time.
  5. Mix in sour cream, milk, food colour and vanilla.
  6. Gradually beat in the flour mixture on low speed until just blended.
  7. Spoon batter into cupcake liners, filling each cup ⅔ full.
  8. Bake 20 – 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean.
  9. Cool in pans for 5 minutes and then cool completely on wire rack.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting


225g Cream Cheese, softened

⅟4 cup Butter, softened

2 tablespoons Sour Cream

2 tablespoons Vanilla Extract

450g Confectioners’ Sugar


  1. Beat cream cheese, butter, sour cream and vanilla together until light and fluffy.
  2. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth
  3. Frost the cupcakes

Tips: Do not over beat the cake mixture. Over mixing cake batter will result in tighter/chewier cakes.


About The PaperCup Kitchen

Hi there everyone. I am Nelmarie, but please call me Nel. I, like so many people out there enjoy cooking and baking. Food makes me smile and it makes my heart beat faster. The only place where I know I fit just perfectly, is in the kitchen. I have also enrolled in a few cake decorating courses this year and I think I have met my true love....not mentioning my Hubby now :D. It took me 36 years to find out what I want to do with my life and I can now say the answer is rather simple...Bake and then decorating what I've baked. I have started PaperCup in 2011 whilst we were living in Moscow, Russia. Living the life of an Expat can sometimes get very lonely and the blog has not only brought the whole world into my kitchen but I have met so many gorgeous Foodie Friends. I am so happy that I have taken the plunge and started PaperCup. I am not a brilliant writer, I am not a brilliant chef, I am not a brilliant baker BUT I do invite you into my kitchen, take your shoes of, relax, have a bite to eat and let's have a chat. A little more about me: Nelmarie Rennison, married to Christopher for 6 years, together for 12. Two lovely kiddies, Nicholas 3 1/2 and Allegra just over a year. South African, lived in Russia for two years and now loving living in the UK. Diagnosed with MS in 2000 and never felt better :D I am just as grateful for dust blowing in my eyes as I am for Angels sitting on my shoulders. I love my family, my friends, my life and I am grateful for each new morning. Looking forward to get to know you better xx

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