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Red Velvet Cocktail Cupcakes

holiday themed cocktail cupcakes!  peppermint red velvet cupcakes with marshmallow vodka cream cheese frosting.  i recommend you serve these at your family gathering to make everyone a lot more fun.

know what i recommend?  red velvet cake mix from the store.  short of that, yellow cake mix with cocoa powder and red food coloring.  but if you insist on homemade, here's what i do:

mix 2.5 cups flour, .5 cup cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking soda and .5 tsp salt in medium bowl.

in another bowl, beat 1 cup softened butter and 2 cups sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. beat in 4 eggs, one at a time.  mix in 1 cup sour cream, .5 cups milk, 1 ounce red food color and 2 tsp vanilla extract. gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended.  mix in .5 cups finely crushed peppermints.  spoon batter, 2/3 full, into paper-lined muffin cups.

bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. cool in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.

cream together, at room temperature, one 8 oz block of cream cheese with one stick of unsalted butter.  increase the cream cheese if you really like that flavor to stand out more.  (a ratio of 12 oz cream cheese to 5 oz butter is good for that)  then, one cup at a time, mix in 5.5 cups of powdered sugar.  once that is all mixed in, add between 3 to 6 tablespoons of marshmallow vodka and beat until fluffy.  this frosting holds up really well and is great for piping and for travel.

frost your cooled cupcakes, add some sprinkles, and enjoy!


  1. Oh my good lord here look DEElish!

  2. OK, so when you're making alcohol related desserts are you all "one shot for my mouth, one shot for my cupcakes. repeat."

  3. I have no words for how amazing these look!! I may just try these :) Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Mmmm! You should open a cupcake business with your specialty bring booze-cakes! Lol. How do you get the frosting to look that good?

  5. Oh my yum! Those look to die for!

  6. I know I say this every month, but I am really going to make these this time!

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    1. That. Why does autocorrect always ruin my comments!

  8. agh, I wish I lived in Chicago right now.. more specifically I wish I was your personal cupcake tester -those look and sound amazing!

  9. I believe you've just provided my third Christmas dessert. BOOM

  10. Those cupcakes look and sound delicious (mainly the frosting) Yum!

  11. YAYAYAYYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!! I have been looking forward to this post!!!! Think I can make them and bring them to work so people just think I am on a sugar high?!

  12. Love cream frosting, and I bet this would be even better!

  13. Oh my goodness, my husband would absolutely love these! They look delicious!

  14. I have never taken the time to make any of your wondrous sounding cocktail treats... maybe this one. I have all the ingredients! My teen loves red velvet... she can have plain frosting... and since Kati has to eat gluten-free she can just have frosting shots. Yum. I get to eat it all... clearly... I'm good at that look at my hips. Damn.


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