Nigella Lawson Red Velvet Cupcakes

Nigella Lawson Red Velvet Cupcakes

I have wanted to make red velvet cupcakes for so long but have just never got around to it but when I saw this Nigella Lawson recipe I knew I HAD to make them! I love watching Nigella cook, she is so decadent and fun and her food always looks AMAZING so this was one recipe I wasn’t going to let go. And let me say I am so glad I did as they were SO easy to make. So even if you aren’t a seasoned chef this is totally manageable!! Here goes:

Recipe said it makes 24 however I got 17 out of it but I wanted mine to be nice and high so you could spread the mixture further. Preheat fan forced oven to 170 degrees.

Ingredients Cupcakes:

250g plain flour

2 x 15ml tablespoons cocoa

2 tablespoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon bicard

100g soft unsalted butter

200g castor sugar

1 x heaped 15ml tablespoon red food colouring paste (i just used the liquid)

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

2 eggs

175ml buttermilk

1 teaspoon cider vinegar or other vinegar


Ingredients Buttery Cream Frosting:

500g icing sugar

125g cream cheese

125g soft unsalted butter

1 teaspoon cider vinegar or lemon juice


Directions Cupcakes:

Line muffin tin with cupcake cases

Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, bicarb and sift into bowl

dry ingredients

In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until well combined. When you have a soft pale mixture beat in the food colouring and vanilla



Into the “red” mixture keep beating while adding 1 spoonful of dry ingredients, 1 egg followed by more dry ingredients, then add another egg and then the rest of the dry mixture.


Finally beat in the buttermilk and vinegar. One combined spoon into cases.


Bake for 20 minutes by which time the batter will have morphed into a more sombre but still tinted sponge-more maroon but still red velvet.


Leave to cool completely before icing.



Directions Icing:

Put icing sugar into a processor and whizz to remove lumps

Add cream cheese and butter and process

Pour in vinegar and process until smooth

You can now ice the cupcakes once they are cool.

I finished mine off with some little edible pearl ball decorations, but shaved chocolate or something else would also look great.

finished 1

finished 2

And the BEST bit of all…. ENJOY these scrumptious velvety red treats!! 🙂

half eaten


Stay Fabulous!

Courtney xx

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  1. January 23, 2013 / 7:09 am

    They look delicious Courtney! I am a huge fan of Nigella, red velvet cupcakes and your pink KitchenAid.
    I love red velvet so much that I’ve started a pinterest board dedicated to anything red-velvet flavour.

    • January 23, 2013 / 7:12 am

      Thanks so much Steph!! Hehe yes I love my kitchen aid I have the matching blender as well 🙂 isn’t red velvet just amazing, pretty and yummy, you can’t go wrong!! Oooh ill have to check out your Pinterest board for some inspiration!! Xx

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