Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

During Christmastime I got an order to bake some cupcakes. Initially I was requested to make egg free red velvet cupcakes but I told them that I haven’t tried it so far and will stick to vanilla and chocolate itself. Actually I have been avoiding the red velvet cupcakes all these days because I’m not comfortable using food colors and that too this particular recipe uses so much of it. Also it is quite difficult to find a vegetarian red food color. But being the baking enthusiast that I am, I did not want to miss the opportunity to try something new. So I started searching the web for a vegan red velvet cupcake recipe and found this in This recipe is all over the internet and supposedly has featured in Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World too. This recipe is quite similar to the vegan chocolate cake recipe I have posted earlier, except that it does not use as much cocoa powder. The cupcakes were crimson in color instead of bright red more like beet cupcakes. When I try this recipe the next time for my family I’m going to use pureed beets instead of the food color.

Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe
4.8 from 29 reviews
Prep time: 20 Mins
Cook time: 17 Mins
Yields: 12 cupcakes
Vegan Red Velvet CupcakesMake your special occasions even more special by baking these vegan red velvet cupcakes. Frost it with your favorite frosting and add sprinkles to suit the celebration.
  • 1 cup Non Dairy Milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Red Food Coloring (make sure that it’s vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract

For Frosting, Check this Vegan Butter cream Icing recipe

  1. Preheat the oven at 350F/180C for 15 minutes. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners and grease it lightly.
  2. In a medium size bowl, mix together the milk and vinegar allowing it to curdle. This will take about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile in a large bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar too.
  4. Once the milk has curdled, stir in the oil, food color and the extracts. Whisk it well to combine.
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredients and slowly add the wet ingredients to it, stirring it until all the ingredients come together. Small lumps are okay. Take care to see that you do not over mix it otherwise you will not get fluffy cupcakes.
  6. Fill each muffin tin 3/4ths full of the batter.
  7. Bake it for about 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cupcake comes out clean or with very little crumbs is okay too. Mine were done after 17 minutes.
  8. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let it remain there for 5 minutes. After that remove the cupcakes from the pan and let it cool completely before you can frost it.
  1. Since I have not tasted a regular red velvet cupcake before I have nothing to compare this vegan red velvet cupcake with, but I firmly believe that even those who have tasted the original version will love this vegan version too. It doesn’t taste very “chocolaty” or doesn’t have an overpowering vanilla flavor either. The original recipe uses some chocolate extract, which as the author suggests makes this cupcake stand out. I was not able to find it though.
My Notes:
  1. My red velvet cupcakes looked more like purple Velvet cupcakes. I think I should have used the entire bottle (28ml) of red food color instead of just the 2 tablespoons. The color of the cake depends upon the brand of food color you use. Mine looked more like cupcakes made with beets, which actually is a very good alternative for the red food color.
Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

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133 Responses to “Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes”

  1. Pooja says:

    I have made this recipe on number of occasions and has been a hit with my family and friends. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes!

  2. RadhaBalaji says:

    Hi madhuram

    Can you please post plum cake (eggless) and carrot cake.
    Thanks in advance

    • Madhuram says:

      Please check the eggless cake page Radha and you will find 2 carrot cake recipes and a fruitcake recipe.

  3. Bethany says:

    I was wondering if you have tried making regular cakes from the cupcake recipes you have listed? I am a traditional baker but have been asked to make an egg-less birthday cake for a client, having never tried this I was looking up recipes and found yours. Thank you for the help!

  4. Bethany says:

    Thank you so much!

  5. Shubha Satish says:

    Thanks for the easy recipe. I made this as a cake for my hubby’s birthday and it came out really soft.

  6. Hastha says:

    Hi! i was wondering why use a non diary milk? and which is a good brand for a non diary milk. I have been wanting to try out eggless red velvet cupcakes! with your recipe i just cant wait!

    • Madhuram says:

      Non-dairy milk is used to make it vegan. Vegans do not consume any dairy products. I prefer almond milk and rice milk. You will have to try a couple of brands to decided which is your favorite. If you are not a vegan, then you could use dairy milk itself. The vinegar is used to mimic buttermilk. So maybe you could try using buttermilk directly.

  7. eggless red velvet cupcakes says:

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  8. leemz says:

    Tried these cupcakes today and they are light, fluffy and have that perfect moist crumb, loving them. Thank you so much for such a wonderful recipe.
    May Allah be pleased with you.

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