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Georgetown Cupcake's Red Carpet Red Velvet Cupcakes

A Sweet Recipe for the Oscars

PHOTO: Georgetown Cupcakes red velvet Oscar cupcake is shown here.
Servings:Over 8
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Celebrate the Oscars with these sweet cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake. This recipe makes 12 delicious cupcakes.


  • For the cupcakes:
  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ¾cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons no-taste red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • For the vanilla cream cheese frosting:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • Cooking Directions

    For the cupcakes:

    Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a standard cupcake pan with 12 paper baking cups. Sift together the flour and salt, and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a bowl with a handheld electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar at medium speed for 3-5 minutes or until light and fluffy.

    Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing slowly after each addition. Using a whisk, whisk together the red food coloring, vanilla and cocoa powder. Slowly add this to the mixer bowl, mixing slowly until well incorporated.

    Add a third of the flour, followed by a third of the milk, and mix. Repeat. Stop to scrape down the bowl as needed. Add the last third of the flour, followed by the last third of the milk, and mix until incorporated. In a small bowl, add the baking soda to the apple cider vinegar. You will see the baking soda and vinegar fizz up! Mix thoroughly and add this reaction to the batter. Mix until just incorporated.

    Using a standard-size ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into a cupcake pan so each well is 2/3 full. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

    For the frosting:

    Place all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer filled with the paddle attachment; beat until well combined. Be sure to beat on high speed at the very end for at least 2 minutes to ensure that the frosting is light and fluffy.

    Transfer frosting into a plastic piping bag fitted with a round metal tip. Frost each cupcake with a swirl of frosting.

    Top cupcakes with a teaspoon of gold sparkling sanding sugar crystals. Serve and enjoy!

    © Georgetown Cupcake, Katherine Kallinis Berman & Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, Co-Owners, Georgetown Cupcake & Stars of TLC's DC Cupcakes

    Recipe featured in Georgetown Cupcake's cookbook: The Cupcake Diaries: Recipes & Memories from the Sisters of Georgetown Cupcake (HarperCollins)

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: flour, salt, vanilla extract, vinegar, cream cheese

    Course: Dessert

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