There’s no better time to break out the crowd-pleasing red velvet recipe than Valentine’s Day. Take a batch of red velvet cupcakes to work, school or a party and you’re the most popular lady around, without fail.

Here’s my recipe for a classic red velvet cupcakes, which you can also find in my book celebraTORI.

Tori’s Red Velvet Cupcakes


  • ½ cup of butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 ounces red food coloring
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 ounces water
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease cupcake pan or line with paper liners
  3. Cream softened butter & sugar together until fluffy
  4. Add eggs and blend well
  5. In a separate bowl, combine cocoa & food coloring & stir
  6. Sift flour and salt together into mixture
  7. Add vanilla, buttermilk, and water to mixture
  8. In another bowl combine vinegar and baking soda. Then fold into cupcake mixture.
  9. Pour or spoon mixture into cupcake cups
  10. Bake 15 to 20 mins or until a wood toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcake comes out clean
  11. Let cool for about 10 mins. Then put on rack or plate and let finish cooling.


  1. Blend together softened cream cheese and softened butter
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract
  3. Blend until smooth
  4. Frost cupcakes and enjoy!

And if you’re single and feeling blue about being alone this Valentine’s Day, I have something just for you: the blue velvet cupcake.

To make these, follow my red velvet recipe above, but substitute blue food coloring for red. This fun pop of color would also be a hit with the kids!

Happy baking and let me know how it goes. Do you have a classic Valentine’s Day recipe? Share it in the comments below!

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