Red Velvet Kapow Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Kapow Cupcakes

By TheSweetNerd  

June 2, 2017



1 cup all purpose flour

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg, room temperature

2 ounces butter, room temperature

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon red food coloring

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon white vinegar


6 ounces unsalted butter, softened

2 ¼ cups confectioners sugar

4 ¼ ounces cream cheese, softened

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

Drops of white food coloring


Red pop rocks



1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners.

2In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.

3In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla. Add egg. Mix in food coloring.

4Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, scraping down sides after each addition. Add baking soda and vinegar and beat until just combined.

5Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake 15 to 17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Gently remove the cupcakes from the pans and cool.


1With a hand mixer, work all ingredients together until light and fluffy.


1Frost each cupcake, then sprinkle red pop rocks on top. To finish, add in cake toppers to each cupcake.

Frosting adapted from Lyndel Miller, Naked


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