Red Velvet Cupcakes

Today is my birthday! Yeah! And because we’re such good friends I’m sharing with you my most FAVORITE special thing to have on my birthday — RED VELVET CAKE! Not just any red velvet cake mind you, my Grandma’s Red Velvet Cake. Okay fair warning, I’m going to get a little sappy here, but hey it is my birthday after all. I’ll try not to do this too often.

Here she is! I thought it only fitting to show you a picture since after all, it is her recipe. Ta da…My Grandma!

That’s my Grandma and Grandaddy (they’re the ones on the right). Aren’t they adorable. My Grandaddy so handsome in his uniform & my Grandma! WOW, oh so snappy in her signature ruby red lipstick & those peep toe shoes (must be where I get my snappy style from)! Among many many other things, my Grandma was an amazing cook! She could whip up anything you possibly wanted effortlessly. She had a smile that would brighten any room & and a special knack for making you feel like you were immediately part of the family. Everyone loved my Grandma & especially her cooking!

For my birthday she would always ask what cake I wanted for my special day & I would practically scream with excitement, “RED VELVET”, of course Grandma! But she knew that even before she asked.

There is something magical about that cake. It was light & moist & fluffy and the red color just fascinated me oh & the icing. I haven’t had this cake for many many years. In fact, I wouldn’t even order it at restaurants because to me it had to be Grandma’s, BUT luckily I finally coerced the recipe from my Mom. (THANK YOU Momma. I love you.)

So naturally, I ran straight out and picked up the ingredients (of course I don’t have cake flour on hand LOL or red food coloring) & commenced to make my birthday cupcakes! (okay normally I wouldn’t be making my own birthday cupcakes but THIS IS SUPER SPECIAL! I even filled the insides with the icing for a special little surprise) I won’t keep you in suspense, they were just as I remembered. AH-MAZING!

This was a very special day indeed & I’m glad I could share it with you. I had some smiles & a few tears making these today but most of all smiles. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. I think my Grandma would really get a kick out of how many people are going to experience her cake.

I miss you Grandma!

Okay, now I really need a cupcake!

Red Velvet Cupcakes


  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter - softened
  • 5 eggs separated
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour sifted twice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 ounces. red food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon. salt
  • 1 teaspoon. baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon. pure vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1 8 ounce brick cream cheese - softened
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter - softened
  • 16 ounces confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In your mixer, mix butter and sugar together until pale in color and very creamy. Add egg yolks one at a time beating about 1/2 minute after each.
  3. In a small bowl combine the cocoa, food coloring and mix well. Add this to butter mixture. Add: cake flour, salt and baking soda, alternate with buttermilk (end with flour). Add vanilla extract.
  4. In your mixer, beat egg whites with your whisk attachment until stiff. Fold into mixture.
  5. Line cupcake pans with liners and fill 3/4 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until done. Cool on a wire rack
  6. While cupcakes are cooling make icing: place cream cheese, honey and butter in mixer and mix until creamy. Slowly add in your confectioners sugar and mix until desired consistency is reached. If icing is too thick add a little milk to thin it out.
  7. Note: If you'd like to make a cake instead of cupcakes I use 3 9" pans. Bake at 350 degrees about 35 minutes or until done. Cool completely & then frost with icing.




  1. 1

    I am definitely trying this recipe out! If it was great for all these years, it’ll be great now!

    Great post Paula and Happy Birthday!

    P.S. I just sent you an e-mail. Tell me if you see the background and everything (sometimes it tends not to show up…)

  2. 2

    GREAT POST! Love the cupcakes and your super cute grandparents! Happy Birthday!!!!!

  3. 3
    Christina /

    The best Red Velvet Cake Recipe ever! This is one of my favorite recipes ever! I like the twist of honey to the icing – I think it will add a nice sweetness to an already creamy and sweet icing.

  4. 4
    Melissa Hacket-Stephens /

    I LOVE red velvet cake. I have a really hard time finding a good recipe! I usually make it for Christmas & Valentines Day. I can’t wait to try it!

  5. 5

    Happy birthday!!! you pick a great cupcake to make for such a special occasion. mmm…yum!

  6. 6

    Can I just come and live with you? I’m pretty convinced you need an apprentice.

  7. 7

    AMAZING!!! I love family recipes like that… and sometimes, nothing else will do 🙂 Happy Birthday!

  8. 8
    Juliann Mathews /

    A very Happy Birthday to you my friend! Beautiful grandparents (ha-cha-cha!) and delectable-looking cupcakes! Hope you have a marvy day!

  9. 9

    What an awesome photo!
    Happy Birthday to you!

  10. 10
    Mary /

    Love the photos. I just made a red velvet cake today. . . got the recipe from The Food Network. It was just awful.

    I am going to try your cupcakes tomorrow. .. and Happy Birthday!!!

  11. 11

    Happy Birthday!!

  12. 12

    Oh gosh, you are SO SWEET to post these delish little babies! Will def’ly make these since I adore Red Velvet! Grazie, amica!

  13. 13

    Happy Birthday!! I love hearing about loving memories connected to food.
    -Tien 🙂

  14. 14

    They look delish, and I especially love the matching cupcake papers! Hope you had a great birthday 🙂

  15. 15

    I always loved Red Velvet Cake and lost the recipe I used to make, I think it was from an old Food Network show called Chez Jay. But I will now be replacing it with you tried and true Granny recipe. Thanks for posting it and Happy Birthday!

  16. 16

    I love red velvet cupcakes, they look so delicious I just had to include them on my red velvet cupcake page

  17. 17

    I hope that your birthday was wonderful and ‘delicious’! Ciao, bella

  18. 18

    Loved your story and I super love Red Velvet cake. Is there any other cake so patriotic AND delicious? I think not. 🙂

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    Shannon /

    Paula.. what a coincidence! Not only is Red Velvet Cake an absolute favorite of mine but I also use my grandmother’s prized recipe. (I compared the 2 recipes and they were very similar with just a few modifications). Red Velvet Cake is much too good to be relegated to just “red” themed holidays (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc) – it must be enjoyed throughout the year! Glad you made it for your BD! (I also made it for Todd last year on his BD!)

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    Beth /

    This is the best cake recipe ever! I still remember her moist, rich cakes, smiling face, and don’t forget her singing/humming while she cooked. SWEET!
    Grandma was such an amazing cook, it is in your genes to love to cook just as Grandma did. 🙂 You added a nice twist to the classic cake by putting the icing inside. Grandma would be proud that you made the cake YOURS. Keep up the good work she is smiling down on you. 🙂
    Now you have me being sappy.

  21. 21

    Happy belated birthday, Paula! I’m sorry I missed it, but the cupcakes look beautiful!

  22. 22

    I am always looking for a good red velvet cake recipe and if it comes from your grandmother (who is stunning) then it has to be great.

  23. 23

    More lovely and delicious things to come 🙂

    Been seeing beautiful cupcakes also on TV
    and wishing one for my birthday too.

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  24. 24

    What a great picture of your grandparents. You can only imagine what they were up to that day… Love it!
    Also loved the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing. I have shared your spot with a ton of people.
    Thank you for how inspiring you are.

  25. 25
    Joyce /

    Found this on FoodGawker, and I have to say, this is the best recipe in the universe! My friends absolutely died. The cupcakes were beautiful, and the icing was yummy, and it honestly couldn’t get any more perfect. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Debbie /

    I love recipes with a family history, what a special story! Can’t wait to try these “velvety” cupcakes. Thanks for sharing and thanks to your Grandma!!

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    Tonda Turner /

    I’m over the moon about this cake!!! Every other RV recipe I’ve tried has been good in flavor but on the dry side. WAY on the dry side!! But I kept making it, hoping it would change. LOL It has changed now!!!! YIPPEE!!! Thank you Paula!! 🙂
    I have tried several of your recipes and will try many more!! Thanks a million!! 🙂
    My boys say this Red Velvet Cake is the BOMB!!!!! 🙂

  28. 28
    Katie /


  29. 29

    Happy (LATE) birthday, lovely!


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