Red Velvet Cupcakes

For years I have been explaining Red Velvet to the uninitiated as ‘an American flavour’. There are several legends surrounding the origins of Red Velvet, though all seem to agree that it came from the Southern states.
The best recipe that I have ever found for Red Velvet just happens to be dairy and egg free (whisper it, vegan). The flavours are so intense and the texture so soft that you will not miss the butter and eggs. I like to pile mine high with Cream Cheese Frosting but Vegan Vanilla Buttercream works just as well if you would like to keep these vegan and 100% dairy-free.

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240ml soy milk
1tsp cider vinegar
200g plain flour
200g caster sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
80ml sunflower oil
1tsp red extra food colour paste diluted in 2tbsp hot kettle water
2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp almond essence


 12  Servings
 20  Minutes Preparation
15  Minutes Cook
 30  Minutes Cooling

You will need a 12x cavity deep muffin tin,
lined with muffin cases

180°C Oven Pre-heated


Whisk the cider vinegar into the soy milk and set aside to curdle a little while you prepare the dry ingredients.


Measure the flour, sugar, cocoa, raising agents and salt into a bowl and stir to combine, making a small well in the centre.


Add boiling water to red food colouring paste in a small bowl, stirring to dilute the colour. Leave this aside to cool slightly. Red Extra paste will give you a far stronger red hue than supermarket liquid food colouring, which often results in a brownish cake.


Add the sunflower oil, vanilla extract and almond essence to the curdled soy milk. Stir the diluted red food colouring into the wet ingredients.


Pour all of the wet ingredients into the well that you have made in the dry ingredients. Stir until all of the dry ingredients are incorporated.

“If you have ever been disappointed by a Red Velvet Cupcake, please try this recipe. You will certainly not regret it!”


Use a jug to pour this liquid batter into your cupcake cases. Bake for 15 minutes at 180°C and allow to cool in their tins for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Why not try these recipes

Red Velvet Cake

Key Lime Pie

Cream Cheese Frosting

Vegan Vanilla Buttercream