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Red Velvet Cupcakes


Serves: 11

Cooking time: 45 minutes

  • 1 packet butter cake mix, prepared according to packet instructions
  • 1 tsp rum essence
  • 2 tsp red food colouring
  • 2 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 75g cream cheese
  • 175g icing sugar, sifted


  1. Preheat oven to 170˚C.
  2. Beat the butter cake mixture with the rum essence, food colouring and half the vanilla until smooth.
  3. Spoon into 12 lined ½ cup muffin moulds. Bake for 18-20 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
  4. Combine the butter, cream cheese and remaining vanilla in a bowl and whip with hand beaters until very smooth.
  5. Pipe cream cheese icing on 11 cupcakes. Crumble the remaining cupcake onto the icing, then serve.