Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes

Today Mr.Right and I are celebrating our anniversary, and I have a special dessert for him.  He absolutely loves red velvet cake, and I absolutely don’t love making it.  For all of the years we have been married, I have made a red velvet cake from scratch, and it never seems to turn out looking very pretty.  I does taste great, though.  I am a “from scratch” cook and don’t like to use cake mixes.  However, when it comes to red velvet cake, I have decided a cake mix is the only way to go.  I used a recipe from this book, which has been around forever, but I tweaked her recipe some.   Mr. Right doesn’t know that I am now making his favorite dessert from a cake mix, and I’m not about to tell him.

One of the nicest things about red velvet cake is that it is a great dessert for any holiday using red.  That means if you stick a little paper flag in it, it’s perfect for July 4th and Memorial Day.  It also will be a special dessert for Christmas, and Valentine’s Day, as well as Mr. Right’s birthday.

Red Velvet Cupcakes - Great for summer holidays - The 2 Seasons



Source – The Cake Doctor

Makes 24

1 package red velvet cake mix

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream cheese frosting (below)


Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix till well-blended, 2 – 3 minutes.


Put in standard cupcake papers and bake in a 350 degree oven for 14 – 16 minutes.  Let cool and then frost.


 Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes - The 2 Seasons



1 8-ounce package regular cream cheese, softened at room temperature

8 tablespoons butter, softened

3 3/4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla


Combine all ingredients and beat with electric mixer till fluffy.  Spread onto cooled cupcakes.


 We are having dinner out at a new restaurant here in Lexington.  I made the reservations two months ago, and we hope it lives up to its reputation.  See you tomorrow.


Take care.


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  1. Missi Baker says

    And can you mention that restaurant? I travel 2 hours to LEX evey couple of weeks! In fact headed there in morn for farmers’ market, brunch, and, of course, shopping! Happy anniversary! We celebrate #45 this summer.

    • says

      Missi, the restaurant is The Lockbox located in the new 21C hotel on Main Street. They’re now open also for breakfast and lunch. Happy Anniversary to you, too!

  2. says

    I’m always looking for good ways to doctor up my cupcakes, and this recipe looks amazing. I cannot wait to try these out!