Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes (Vegan red velvet cupcakes)


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Rich, moist, and sinfully delicious, this Eggless Red Velvet Cupcake recipe is an absolute show-stopper, and you will never regret choosing this velvety-textured treat when planning a dessert for your party or get-together. These vegan cupcakes have drool-worthy vanilla-chocolaty perfection in every bite.

Its deep red color and perfect sweetness will satisfy your taste buds, and its brilliance will enchant your dessert-loving soul!

Vegan red velvet cake with cream frosting

If you love eggless red velvet cupcakes as much as we do, then you are in for a treat. This vegan, vibrant, and flavorful dessert, topped with swirls of creamy frosting, will brighten up any occasion and spread cheerfulness just like its vibrant hue.

Do bake these beauties to blend with your Valentine’s Day theme, and trust me, these cupcakes will be a visual treat that’s hard to resist!

Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cakes and Cupcakes are loved worldwide for their heavenly deliciousness. Everyone loves cupcakes (kids and adults alike), as these little bites of happiness are a great alternative to a massive slice of cake (for the health-conscious).

Moreover, these individual cupcakes are every cake lover’s dream dessert as they are portion-sized, and can be enjoyed guilt-free.

These vegan red velvet cupcakes are so simple to make with a tender-light crumb made with your everyday pantry staples and a velvety cream cheese frosting that will completely woo you.

The red food color is a significant game changer that lends these sweet stunners their unique name and identity!

Eggless Cupcake on a stand garnished with sprinkles

Reasons You’ll ♡ Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes

Even if you are not a pro at baking, I can assure you that you will love making these little charming marvels, and every step of baking will be as enjoyable as every blissful bite you eat, plus —

  • It has a beautiful flavor
  • Is tender and moist
  • Luscious and tangy cream cheese frosting is a cherry on top
  • Scalable recipe and easily customizable too, and
  • A complete crowd-pleaser recipe!

It also makes a great gifting option during celebrations and events. Being versatile, this recipe can be experimented with different flavors and frostings, and you can decorate it in your unique ways!

As a bonus, these yummy cupcakes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or frozen for later.

Ingredient list

Eggless Red Velvet Ingredient List

All-purpose flour — This is the main ingredient that renders structure to the recipe. An alteration in the measurement may not give the desired results; therefore, be sure to measure the flour correctly so you don’t end up with a dry cake. 

Cornstarch  The addition of cornstarch makes the cake tender and lighter in texture as it helps retain moisture, which results in a finer crumb. It stabilizes the cake’s structure by preventing the batter from getting dense. 

Sugar — Added primarily for sweetness, it also adds moisture and a tender crumb, enhancing the cake’s overall flavor. 

Baking soda and baking powder — These leavening agents give the cake the best rise by providing the required aeration and a beautiful, tender texture after baking. 

Unsweetened cocoa powder — It adds the signature hint of cocoa to these cupcakes. This ingredient renders the chocolatey or brown color of the cupcakes and the drool-worthy flavor.

Salt  The flavor neutralizer! Be sure not to leave out the salt, or you’ll have a bland cake.

Vanilla extract — Adds a blissful flavor and a subtle aroma to the cupcakes. 

Milk + vinegar  Buttermilk made of milk and vinegar contributes to these cupcakes’ lovely moisture and tenderness. Vinegar adds a little extra acid that activates the baking soda and helps brighten the red hue. Also, it contributes a subtle tang to the red velvet cupcakes.

Vegan butter — Makes these cupcakes supremely moist and creates a delicate texture.

Red food coloring — Concentrated gel food coloring gives these cupcakes their signature deep red color, making them look irresistible. You can use any good food color, but Wilton gel Red food color works the best. As a substitute to food color natural Beets powder works great too!

Cream cheese — Always use ingredients at room temperature as they mix uniformly and incorporate evenly into the batter. Here, you can start with room-temperature cream cheese for the best results. If the cream cheese is cold, you’ll have a lumpy frosting.

Unsalted butter — Use softened butter at room temperature before making the frosting. If cold, the frosting will be lumpy. If melted, the frosting will be runny.

Powdered sugar — Helps to sweeten the frosting. Powdered sugar blends evenly and thickens the frosting.

Vanilla extract — For an enticing flavor and aroma!

Eggless red velvet cupcakes garnished with sprinkles

Eggless Red Velvet Cake Tips and Variations

Sifting is essential — Sifting makes the dry ingredients lighter and airier, resulting in a softer and fluffier cake. Sifting is also necessary for the accurate measurement of the ingredients. So, ensure there are no lumps of baking soda or cocoa powder and the ingredients are thoroughly sifted. 

For the moistness that stays — Butter adds incredible moisture to the batter, making the cupcakes remain moist for longer. However, you can substitute vegetable oil for butter if you prefer. 

Buttermilk for the fantastic texture — Please do not skip adding the buttermilk. Buttermilk helps the cupcakes achieve the incomparably tender texture that makes them so blissfully yummy. The acidic property of the buttermilk helps combine the baking soda and cocoa powder, giving it rise and texture.

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make your buttermilk substitute easily by following these steps: Combine 1 cup milk at room temperature with 1 and 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar. Stir together and let it sit for 10 minutes. You can now use this fresh buttermilk as directed in the recipe below.

Do not skip vinegar — When combined with the leaving agents (baking soda and baking powder) vinegar starts a chemical reaction that helps the cupcakes to rise. This chemical reaction together produces carbon dioxide bubbles, which render the cupcakes the feather-like texture they are loved for. Be rest assured, you won’t taste the vinegar in this recipe.

For the love of chocolate flavor — Want it more chocolatey? Add more cocoa powder! You can add up to 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder if you prefer a slightly intense chocolaty flavor. But these would make darker cupcakes.

Delightful and elegant eggless red velvet cupcakes dresses with cream cheese frosting

Do not replace milk/vegan milk — Since this is an egg-free cake, do not substitute milk/vegan milk, as it plays an essential role in the success of this recipe. 

A quick baking hack — Never over-mix the cake batter, as this causes the gluten in the flour to overdevelop, leading to dense cupcakes. So, when combining the wet and dry ingredients, mix them just enough.

Are you planning for a whole cake? Well, this delicious recipe easily converts into an entire cake. It can be doubled to yield two 8-inch cake layers (bake time: 25- 30 minutes) or a 9x 13-inch cake (bake time: about 30 minutes).  

For top-notch frosting — Before decorating your cupcakes with beautiful frostings, ensure they have cooled completely. If they are still warm, the frosting will slide off them.

For frosting, use Room-temperature dairy — Starting the frosting with cream cheese and butter at room temperature is imperative. Cold cream cheese and butter is a one-way ticket to a lumpy frosting, so avoid it. It is best to plan and allow the ingredients to soften at room temperature ahead of time. 

Substitute — You can use wheat flour to bake this eggless red velvet cake. But I would suggest you use half of the wheat flour and half white flour as wheat flour is denser than the all-purpose flour.

Key to achieving the perfect color — These red cupcakes are so-called because of their deep red color that comes from the added food color. To get their signature red color, make sure to add the right amount of cocoa powder and red food color to create the color magic. 

Red velvet with frosting

Let me know what you think!

Are you impressed by these gorgeous beauties and drooling over their pretty color and the beautiful cheese frosting?

Then why not just make a few?

Let’s gather the handful of ingredients that are needed and begin with the baking venture.

Should you make these Eggless Red velvet cupcakes, please let me know your thoughts by sharing your comment below.

And don’t forget to share it with your family and friends.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of food colors are suitable for these red velvet cupcakes?
Red food color is the most appropriate, and this recipe uses the same. You can achieve the right level of red color by using any of the following:

  • Liquid food color- 1 tablespoon
  • Gel food color- 1 teaspoon

This recipe uses Wilson red gel color that renders perfect deep red to our cupcakes.
Can I use any natural food color for this recipe?
Yes, sure you can! A natural food color made with beetroot can be safely used to make these red velvet cupcakes.
Can I use dry red powder for this recipe?
Yes, you certainly can! But you should be careful while adding dry color as this is more concentrated than liquid. I would suggest you add half a tablespoon of dry color to the dry ingredients and whisk it well.
If you feel that the desired color is still not achieved, you can add more of the dry color, but add it gradually, ½ a teaspoon at a time.
Can I make these delicious cupcakes ahead of time?
Yes, these tasty cupcakes are incredibly moist and an excellent option for making a day or two before you need them. These will stay perfect for at least a week when stored in an airtight container, making them a marvelous choice for enjoying special moments.
How can I store the leftovers of these Red Velvet Cupcakes?
You should follow the below-mentioned instructions when storing the leftovers of these cupcakes —
Cream cheese frosting — The prepared frosting lasts for up to 1 week if refrigerated in an airtight container. It stays good for up to 3 months when stored in a freezer in a freezer-safe container/ bag. However, it needs to be thawed overnight in the refrigerator before use.
Unfrosted cupcakes — You can store the unfrosted cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. When frozen in a freezer-safe container/bag, these stay good for up to 2 months. When ready to use, thaw at room temperature, decorate as you please, and dig in!
Frosted Cupcakes — Leftovers of these yummy red velvet cupcakes can be kept in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 1 week. You can use a tall container to accommodate the frosting easily without spoiling it. Please do not freeze the frosted cupcakes, as the cream frosting will not be delectable after thawing.

Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 763IU | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutritional information provided above is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. These numbers should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.


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