Red Velvet Cupcakes

 Red Velvet Cupcakes - Rich, moist, decadent and delicious with a melt in your mouth cream cheese buttercream. The recipe's from a famous London cupcake shop!
Lilly’s was our Christmas baby, having been born two years ago on the 17th of December. She has captured all of our hearts in this short time and definitely has her Grammy (me) and Papa Scott quite smitten. We are thrilled to have Lilly, along with her Mum, Daddy and two sisters visiting us from their home in London. We had fun celebrating her birthday yesterday.

Red Velvet Cupcakes - Rich, moist, decadent and delicious!

When I was trying to decide what kind of cake to make for the party, I had a flashback of a fabulous cupcake I had while visiting my daughter and her family last Christmas in London.  It was a cold, crisp December day and I took Lilly’s older sister, Annie on a “date”. I picked her up from school and we hopped on one of the shiny red, quintessentially London, double-decker busses. We got off in the vibrant bustling Kensington area of London and set off on foot to find the legendary Hummingbird Bakery. I’m not sure what I expected, but we actually walked past the small store front three times before seeing the tiny sign above the door with it’s beautiful namesake bird.

Though the outside is quite plain and unobtrusive, it’s true what they say about not being able to tell a book by it’s cover ……….. when we entered the shop, it was like walking into a cupcake wonderland! Beautiful, perfect cupcakes of every shape and variety piled high with swirls of lovely, buttery icing and decorated to the delight of every imagination. It took Annie and I quite a while to make our choice but, with hot chocolate and cupcakes in hand, we found a little table and enjoyed a sweet time together.

On the way to the Hummingbird Bakery - Red Velvet Cupcakes - Rich, moist, decadent and delicious!

I chose the Red Velvet because… well, just because it was so pretty but I was a little skeptical; in the past I have often found this variety to be somewhat dry and lacking in flavor. One bite of the Hummingbird Bakery cupcake, however, had my tastebuds exploding with delight – it was a moist, chocolatey and light – all at the same time. It was, to me, the perfect Red Velvet Cupcake!


 Red Velvet Cupcakes - Rich, moist, decadent and delicious!
 You can imagine my excitement when I googled “Red Velvet Cupcake recipes” and came across the Hummingbird recipe!
 Lilly's Birthday with Red Velvet Cupcakes
They turned out just like I remembered and, as you can see, Lilly was quite pleased with them too!


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Cream Cheese Frosting

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  • 1 ½ sticks butter (12 tablespoons), at room temperature
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 pound bag powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract


  1. Using the whisk attachment, whip the butter and cream cheese on high speed for about 5 minutes, scraping the bowl down as necessary. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add the powdered sugar until all is incorporated. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and 2 tablespoons of the milk, mix to combine. Increase the speed to medium high and whip for a few minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as necessary and adding more milk if needed to make an icing that is easy to pipe or spread over cupcakes.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Wonderful deep, rich, moist cupcakes. These Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are amazing.


  • ½ stick (4 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons red food coloring
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons distilled white vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Line a standard muffin/cupcake pan with liners.
  2. On medium-high speed, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to high and add the egg. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.
  3. In a separate small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and red food coloring to make a thick paste. Add to the batter and mix on medium speed until completely combined. You may need to stop the mixer to scrape the bottom of the bowl, making sure that all the batter gets color.
  4. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add half of the buttermilk. Add half of the flour and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour. Beat on high until smooth.
  5. Again, reduce the mixer speed to low and add the salt, baking soda and vinegar. Turn to high and beat for another couple of minutes until completely combined and smooth.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a thin knife or skewer inserted into the center of the largest cupcake comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 10 minutes and then remove cupcakes from the pan and place them on a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

18 thoughts on “Red Velvet Cupcakes”

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  • Love the picture of Lilly with all that cake evidence on her face! 🙂 Your cupcakes look so gorgeous and I love how you girlied them up with pink sprinkles. Red and pink were my favorite colors when I was in 2nd grade. 🙂 And what a fabulous table you’ve made–can you adopt me as your grandchild? Oh shoot, I guess I’m too old for that. 🙂

  • Your table is gorgeous and so festive. I would be right beside those girls checking out the dining room before dinner.

    I have that cookbook. Any other great recipes I shouldn’t miss?

  • Happy birthday to Lilly, she’s adorable! What a festive table, just fabulous. The cupcakes look heavenly!

  • What a beautiful post – little Lilly looks SO thrilled with those beautiful cupcakes! Love red velvet and Hummingbird Bakery is magical – Happy Birthday Lilly!
    mary x

  • Oh what a fabulous time you must have had. Your grandaughter is adorable. I love the photo of her on the bus – so grown up.

    Your table is beautiful and whimsical at the same time and your cupcakes look sensational. I love red velvet cakes and I am definitely going to put these on my list of things to make in 2012.

    Thanks for sharing some fun family moments.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Ohhh you made my day with this post, smiling beautiful children, lovely Christmas pictures, delicious cupcakes!!! Happy birthday to Lilly, enjoy the wonderful Holiday Season!

  • Happy birthday Lilly! She’s so adorable. That look of joy when you brought out the cupcakes says it all.

    Seriously though, you shouldn’t put photos of beautiful children up at the same time as food if you want us to look at the food. 🙂

    The cupcakes are beautiful though. I can only imagine how gratifying it was to find the recipe. That’s a keeper recipe….and story.

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