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How to Make Black Velvet Cupcakes

How to Make Black Velvet Cupcakes

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What are Black Velvet Cupcakes? What are the ingredients for this type of cupcake? What oven temperature should I use to bake Black Velvet Cupcakes? What kind of frosting do you need to make a Black Velvet Cupcake?

How to Make Black Velvet Cupcakes

These are all questions that we will address in this article. We will also tell you how to make them and what they taste like. If you want to know how to make black velvet cupcakes, then keep reading!

Do you want to know how to make black velvet cupcakes?


Black Velvet Cupcakes are a type of cake that are rapidly gaining popularity in the United States…especially for Black Tie or Holiday events. They are different than red velvet cupcakes and can really be played around with.

They also have a unique texture because they contain both cocoa powder and vinegar. The final result is a rich, moist cake that has an intense chocolate flavor.

If you like the taste of red velvet but don’t like the red aftereffects then this might be your new favorite dessert!

You can use any kind of frosting for these cakes, but we recommend using our traditional cream cheese frosting and dusting them with edible glitter.

You could go with any kind of frosting for these cakes that you really want, such as using vanilla buttercream or whipped cream if you want something lighter than the traditional cream cheese frosting.

What is a black velvet cupcake?

Black velvet cupcakes are a fairly new and tasty twist on our favorite red velvet cake, we’ve even made pink and blue ones that are so good too! The homemade cakes have cream cheese frosting and can be topped with sprinkles.

They’re just like the classic red ones but black in color thanks to added food coloring for depth of shade.

what are black velvet cupcakes

What kind of ingredients are in velvet cupcakes?

The deep black color of the velvet cupcake is due to cocoa powder, vinegar, and buttermilk. Food coloring can be added for an extra rich darker tone.

A chemical reaction occurs between those three things that help give it its beautiful shade of and the black food coloring takes it to the perfect level of darkness.

Save money with this DIY – instead of buying them – at almost $4 each! A box of cake mix is only a buck!

Black Velvet Cupcakes are unique cupcakes with both chocolate and velvet cake in them. You know me – the thrifty queen! I hate the idea of shelling out a bunch of money for 2 dozen or so cupcakes – these would easily run you almost fifty bucks!

We DO have a from-scratch recipe for you – and then an easy way to do a “cheat” from a boxed cake mix.

How to Make Black Velvet Cupcakes

The black velvet cupcake base can be made from either a boxed mix or the following recipe:

How to Make Black Velvet Cupcakes

Our Standard cupcakes recipe

  • 2 cups sugar                                                                   
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature                             
  • 2 eggs                                                                               
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder                                        
  • 1 tablespoon black food coloring                              
  • 2 ½ cups flour                                                                
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

How to make Black Velvet cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tin with papers.
In a medium bowl, mix the cocoa, flour, salt, and baking soda together.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, then add eggs, buttermilk, vinegar, and food coloring.
Add in flour mixture and mix until well combined.
Spoon mixture into muffin tin liners making sure not to go over half full.
Bake for 15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean, cool completely.

Easy Black Velvet Cupcakes recipe

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. And add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon black food coloring. (snort)

How do you store Black Velvet Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

Black Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

We already talked about baking the actual cupcakes – either by scratch or from a boxed mix. Now let’s get to the decorating!

Black Velvet Cupcakes Tutorial

Bake cupcakes per recipe directions and let them cool completely.

Black Velvet Cupcakes Frosting

Black Velvet Cupcakes Frosting

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1 lb cream cheese, softened
  • sticks butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Drizzle of black food coloring
  • Sprinkles or edible glitter

Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth then add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time.
Stir in food coloring but do not fully incorporate, leave it streaky.

Black Velvet Cupcakes Frosting

Place the frosting into your piping bag with a 1m star tip.

Black Velvet Cupcakes Recipe


Pipe frosting onto each cupcake – get as creative as you want.

Black Velvet Cupcakes Recipe


Add sprinkles and/or edible glitter to finish them off as you see fit.

Other cupcake recipes you may enjoy:

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