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Recipe: She Ate Red Velvet

Are you looking for the perfect sweet treat to celebrate Galentines, Valentines, or just another Thursday with? Luckily, the team at Powder decided to go ahead and bake these fabulous cute - and relatively appropriate - Red Velvet Cupcakes! They were super easy to make, and even easier to eat - especially when brought into the office! Why not share these tasty treats with all of your loved ones this Valentines Day?



130g Self-Raising Flour
1 tbsp Cocoa Powder
¼ tsp Baking Powder
90g Light Brown Soft Sugar
80ml Vegetable Oil
80ml Buttermilk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tbsp Red Food Colouring
1 Free-Range Egg


60g Unsalted Butter
150g Full-Fat Soft Cheese
250g Icing Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
½ tbsp Red Food Colouring


First thing is first; you’ll have to preheat your oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4. From there, line up your 12-hole cupcake tray with cupcake cases (as it is Valentines we opted for red cases). In a large mixing bowl, simply sieve and combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and sugar. Once you’ve done that, you can then grab a large jug in order to beat together the oil, buttermilk, vanilla extract, red food colouring and egg!

The next step is to whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until the mixture is a lovely and smooth consistency. After a good few minutes of mixing, it’ll be time for you to spoon the mixture into each of the paper cases – filling them around half way.

We suggest that you bake for 20 minutes in the centre of your oven – a good way to check that your cupcakes are ready is to pop a knife or skewer into the centre to see whether or not it comes out clean. Once fully cooked, you can then transfer your cupcakes to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. 

Now – for the fun part – icing and decorating! Beat the butter until smooth, this will make it easier for when you beat in the soft cheese, icing sugar and vanilla extract until combined. We then added the red food colouring in order to make it a lovely light pink colour, you’ll need to mix this in until it is an even shade.

You can either spoon the pink icing onto the cakes, or you can be even fancier and use a piping bag to create a lovely pattern. To finish the cake off we used some red sprinkles as well as loveheart sweets!

We would love to see how you get on making your own Red Velvet Cakes! How you decorated them and who you shared them with (if anyone)! Please do let us know if you’d like us to share any specific recipes on our blog – there’s nothing like getting creative in the kitchen!