Red Velvet Cupcakes

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With Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day get-togethers on the horizon, I’m always excited to whip up something delicious to share with family and friends.

Red Velvet Cupcake | Inspired by Charm

For patriotic national holidays such as these, I lean toward red, white, and blue when it comes to baking inspiration. Since red velvet is a favorite of many people (and the color is so appropriate ), today I’m sharing a delicious recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Red Velvet Cupcake | Inspired by Charm

One thing I absolutely love about this recipe is the frosting. A cup of chopped pecans is stirred into a classic cream cheese frosting. Not only do the pecans have great flavor, but they add a touch of texture and crunch, too. I love being able to update a classic recipe with this delicious little detail.

Red Velvet Cupcake | Inspired by Charm

Finally, to give these cupcakes and all-American twist, I popped some cake decorating sugar candies on the top. Simple, but super effective. What do you think?

Red Velvet Cupcake | Inspired by Charm

Let me show you how to whip these up.

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Red Velvet Cupcake | Inspired by Charm

Give these cupcakes a try and let me know what you think. As always, happy baking (and happy summer)!

Red Velvet Cupcake

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting

Delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes with pecan cream cheese frosting get a patriotic twist.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese frosting, cupcakes, red velvet
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 30
Calories: 265kcal


Red Velvet Cupcakes

Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting


  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper baking cups and set aside.
  • In a medium-size bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Set aside. Then in a large mixing bowl (or stand mixer), combine the sugar and the eggs. Next slowly beat in the oil. To the sugar mixture, add the flour alternatively with the butter milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Stir in the vanilla and food coloring. Mix until just combined.
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 fill. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool for five minutes before removing them from the pan to cool completely.
  • For the frosting, cream the cream cheese and butter together. Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth. Add the vanilla and nuts and mix until combined. Spread the frosting onto the cupcakes. Decorate with patriotic sugar candies.


Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 322IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Michael, these look delicious! I want to make them for the upcoming July 4th holiday. May I ask where you purchased the sugar candy decorations? I have searched online and local stores to no avail. It is the perfect finishing touch and I am obsessed 😀

    1. I think I got them at Walmart, but that was several years ago. I’d check Walmart, Michaels, Joanns – they usually have seasonal sugar cake decorations like these.

      xo Michael

  2. Photography is beautiful! And what a neat idea! The friends you share these with will be truly blessed. Too bad that deck isn’t finished yet.