Cakes & Cupcakes

January 24, 2024

Heart Shaped Valentines Red Velvet Cupcakes

Heart Shaped Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

A true classic! Ultra fluffy and moist Red Velvet Cupcakes with a vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting and a Valentines spin, never change a winning team 🥇.

Cupcakes are always the perfect treat to whip up for any celebration, I don’t think I’ve ever come across anybody who does not enjoy a good Red Velvet Cupcake. If you are one of them, please make this recipe and get back to me with your verdict 😉. 

Tips for the best homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes for Valentine

I’ll be honest, making your own cupcakes can seem like a daunting task, but hear me out when I say that it is totally worth it. Time to scrap those pre-mixed cake boxes and get your bake on, you won’t regret it!

To make things easier for you, I’ve summarised a few key tips to make the most PERFECT batch of Red Velvet Cupcakes with that delicious tangy Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting. 

  • Use good quality vanilla. I can’t stress this enough! Using a good quality vanilla makes all the difference in all of your bakes. My personal favourite is always the vanilla paste from Nielsen Massey and my second favourite is the Vanilla Extract from De Notenshop
  • Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature. This will ensure that all your ingredients blend together nicely. This is especially important for the Frosting, you don’t want lumps of cold butter in there 😬
  • Be careful not to overbake your cupcakes. Red velvet cupcakes have the tendency to dry out quickly, so keep an eye out on your bake and set the oven to a lower temperature if you feel that they are baking too quickly. 

Heart Shaped Valentines Red Velvet Cupcakes

A true classic! Ultra fluffy and moist Red Velvet Cupcakes with a vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting and a valentines twist, never change a winning team 🥇


Demi Bruggink















  • 200gr all-purpose flour
  • 160gr granulated sugar
  • 6gr cacao powder
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 95ml vegetable oil
  • 150ml buttermilk
  • 1tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2tbsp red food colouring

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 250gr brick style cream cheese
  • 100gr butter (room temperature)
  • 240gr powdered sugar
  • 1tbsp vanilla  
  • 3tbsp full fat milk (optiona



  1. Preheat your oven to 150C (140C when fan forced) and line your cupcake tin with cupcake cases
  2. Whisk together your oil, sugar, buttermilk & vanilla until combined
  3. Add your eggs one by one, this means that you add one egg, whisk until it's fully combined and only then add your second egg
  4. Add your red food colouring and slowly mix until the whole mixture turns into the desired colour
  5. Switch to a spatula and fold in your flour, cacao, salt, baking powder & soda until just combined
  6. Fill your cupcake liners about halfway to 3/4th of the way. I would highly recommend using an ice cream scoop to fill your cupcake cases so you fill them all evenly
  7. Scrunch up small balls of aluminium foil and place these behind your cupcake liners and the cupcake tin to create a heart shape.
  8. Bake your cupcakes for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Be careful not to overbake your cupcakes as red velvet can dry out quickly! The tops of the cupcakes will look shiny and moist
  9. Once baked, transfer them to a cooling rack and let them cool completely before frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. At a high speed, beat your butter pale and fluffy for about 4 minutes. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl in between to ensure you've reached all of the butter
  2. Add in your cream cheese and beat for another 2 minutes
  3. Now you can add your icing sugar, make sure to start on the lowest speed to avoid an icing sugar bomb explosion in your kitchen
  4. You want to do the last part by hand or leave your mixer on the slowest speed, so you can beat out some air bubbles which will give you an extra smooth frosting
  5. Add your vanilla & red food colouring and fold that in your cream cheese frosting. Depending on the moisture level of your cream cheese, you might have to add a few tablespoons of milk to loosen the frosting, this is totally optional and depends on your liking
  6. Once the cupcakes have cooled, you can decorate your cupcakes by piping a heart shape with a round piping tip and enjoy!

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