Red Velvet Cupcake Bliss (plus decorating and packaging ideas)

This Valentine’s Day, show your loved ones how much you care by sending a little homemade goodness their way.

This decadent recipe is taken from a book called, “Cupcakes From the Cake Doctor”.

 That Anne Byrn is a kitchen genius. These have a from-scratch taste that all starts with a humble box of cake mix.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

  • 1 pkg plain German chocolate cake mix
  • 1 pkg (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 C sour cream
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C vegetable oil
  • 1 (1 oz) bottle red food coloring
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 C semisweet chocolate chips
  • Buttercream frosting (recipe to follow)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 cupcake cups with paper liners (or spray with Pam for Baking).

Place the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, water, oil, food coloring and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides. Beat on medium for about 2 minutes more, until the batter looks thick and well combined.

Fold in chocolate chips (wipe the drool from your chin).

Spoon 1/3 cup batter into each cupcake cup. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until they spring back lightly with pressed with your finger.

Remove from pan. Let cool for 15 minutes before frosting. Makes 24 cupcakes.

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 3-4 T milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Beat butter on low for 30 seconds. Add the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Blend on low until sugar is incorporated, about one minute. Increase the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, about one more minute. If the frosting is too stiff, add up to one more tablespoon of milk.

Decorating them is easy peasy. I bought these cupcake wrappers and toppers at Walmart for a whopping $1.88.

After the cakes were cooled and frosted, I just stuck one of the toppers in the middle. Couldn’t be simpler. 

If you want to get a little bit fancier, you can make a stencil (here’s mine made out of an index card).

Pile on the sprinkles.

So cute!

Set the cupcakes on this red plastic heart-shaped plate from Walmart. It’s only $1.50. $1.50 people!

Or, if you’d like to drop them off to friends and neighbors, put them in some cheery cellophane bags,

make a quick notecard and tie with some ribbon. Since I didn’t have any matching ribbon, I just tied them with twine.

Oh, did I mention they have chocolate chips in them?

These cupcakes are heaven on a plate, I tell ‘ya!

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