Red Velvet Cupcakes for Holiday Parties

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I don't think there's a more appropriate cupcake to celebrate the holidays than with these Red Velvet Cupcakes, and they're made even more festive with the addition of shimmering white chocolate snowflakes! It's so much fun to serve family and friends food that is not only delicious, but also has that visual wow factor. Be prepared, you and your guests may not be able to stop at just one!

Holiday red velvet cupcakes made more festive with the addition of a white chocolate snowflake.

From now on, this is my go-to Red Velvet Cupcake recipe. Deborah from Taste and Tell posted this recipe and she also has a fantastic new cookbook out called The Red Velvet Lover's Cookbook, filled with just about everything red velvet. You can purchase it with an affiliate link (your price stays the same) here.

A fun and festive cupcake or cake topper!

The white chocolate snowflakes are pretty easy and fun to make. You don't have to worry about them being perfectly symmetrical because the shimmer white sugar that you sprinkle on them will definitely make up for any mistakes. You can find the directions for making them here. Both the snowflakes and cupcakes will be a fun project to do with the kids!

Holiday cupcakes made more festive with the addition of a white chocolate snowflake.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

makes 30 cupcakes

Ingredients for Your Red Velvet Cupcakes


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ounce red food coloring
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar, separated


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-3 teaspoons milk, if needed

4 crushed candy canes
30 white chocolate snowflakes

Directions for Making Your Red Velvet Cupcakes


  • In a measuring cup, mix together the cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin by lining it with cupcake liners.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well and scraping the bowl after each addition.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cocoa powder and food coloring. Add to the creamed butter / sugar mixture and thoroughly combine.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the cake flour and salt. Add the flour to the butter in thirds, alternating with the milk and vinegar mixture.
  • Add the vanilla.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Mix together the baking soda and remaining tablespoon of vanilla. Add to batter and thoroughly combine.
  • Place batter into muffin cups, filling to about 2/3 full. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.


  • In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth.
  • Mix in the vanilla.
  • Gradually add the confectioners' sugar.
  • If the frosting appears too dry add the milk, only one teaspoon at a time. Be careful not to add too much milk as the frosting will be too soft and will not support the snowflake.
  • Frost the cupcakes.
  • Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
  • Top each cupcake with a white chocolate snowflake.

What is one of your favorite desserts to serve over the holidays that your family and friends really enjoy?

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Lynne Feifer

Owner, Creator, & Writer at 365 Days of Baking & More
I'm Lynne and I blog at 365 Days of Baking & More. I'm married and we have three children, two daughters ages 22 and 20, and a son who is 17. My blogging journey began in January 2011 to challenge myself while being a full-time mom. By doing so, I've found my passion, discovered what I want to be when I grow up, and increased my kitchen skills. I've fallen in love with the whole experience! My goal with 365 is to excite you with food and move you into the kitchen if you aren't already there. It's fun, delicious and can be quality time spent your family as you cook and bake together, and then enjoy what you've made around the family table. I look forward to having you join me in the kitchen!

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