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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting Recipe
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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting Recipe

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There's no better way to celebrate your Valentine's Day sweetie than with these fun-loving cupcakes. —Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flaked coconut, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in food coloring and vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Combine buttermilk and vinegar. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beating well after each addition.
  2. Fill foil or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire rack to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Stir in 1 cup coconut. Frost cupcakes.
  4. Toast remaining coconut; sprinkle over cupcakes. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Red Velvet Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting in Taste of Home's Cupcake of the Week Newsletter 2009, p2/9/09

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Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

Made these for my husband's birthday as red velvet is his favorite. He absolutely loved it! I also put a raspberry on top of each to match the red liners :)

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

Great recipe. Kids love it. Thank you

Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

Growing up, I always loved my aunt's red velvet cake recipe. She has passed on and the recipe went with her. This recipe is really close to what I remember- which is awesome. Rich and moist and the icing is so decadent. It's a must try!!

Reviewed May. 5, 2013

I only made the cream cheese frosting and omitted the coconut but still it tasted good.

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

Delicious recipe!!!

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