Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

red velvet cupcakes

July 1 is Canada Day – Canada’s 143rd birthday! In honour of the day (and because I look for just about any reason to make cupcakes), I cooked up these maple-leaf sprinkled Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. (*Maple Leaf sprinkles available at Bulk Barn in Canada).

Red Velvet Cupcakes have been on my list to make for a long time. I’ve eaten a few over the years and each was a bit different from the other – some really red, some not-so-red, some pretty chocolatey, some hardly chocolatey at all. So when it came to choosing a recipe to try, I did my research!

I visited a number of sites with popular Red Velvet Cupcake recipes and compared the ingredients. I was particularly noticing how much cocoa and red food colouring some of them had. I have to confess, despite the pretty (red) result, I wasn’t completely comfortable with pouring a whole bottle of red food colouring into my mixing bowl.

In the end, I settled on a Garret McCord recipe found on Simply Recipes. I reduced the red food colouring in half (my version of compromise :) So my Red Velvet Cupcakes may be leaning a tad more to pink than red, but they were just as yummy. And the recipe was perfect – moist, flavourful and just the right amount of chocolate taste.

Adapted from a Garrett McCord recipe via Simply Recipes

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  1. Thanks Honey! (And Canada doesn’t look a day over 100, if you ask me ;)

  2. Happy Birthday to Canada!
    These look so pretty… red and white cupcakes… i love it!
    I learned something new today about how old Canada is… :-)
    beautiful pics.

  3. Delicious! I love the red maple sprinkles. I like the changes you made, the amount of cocoa looks perfect.

  4. Happy Canada Day everyone! Hope you’re all enjoying the holiday and I hope someone comments on your great shirt, Janna! :)
    These were really tasty. I’m not super keen on the food colouring either, Janna. Now that I’ve tried it, I think I’ll just leave it out next time and just enjoy the taste (if not the colour).

  5. Happy Canada Day!! Lovely photos. I’ve been looking for a good velvet cupcake recipe. I have to try this one out soon!

  6. I wish I had some of those sprinkles but we don’t have Bulk Barn here in the States. Happy Canada Day!
    I’m wearing a Roots flag shirt in honor of today but no one here has noticed. I’ve always wanted to try making red velvet cake but the food coloring puts me off.

  7. Those look great! Happy Canada day!

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