Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

What is red velvet?

Red velvet is a classic cake flavor made with cocoa powder. The “velvet” in the name comes from the soft and silky texture of the cake itself. And the “red” part comes from the color of the cake. Traditionally, red velvet cakes got their crimson (and in some cases reddish-brown) color from using non-Dutch cocoa powder. 

Prepare for Baking

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with liners.

Mix Dry Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine both flours, cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Combine Wet Ingredients

In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, buttermilk, and food coloring. 

Combine Ingredients

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until evenly combined.

Divide Batter

Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners. Fill each about 3/4 full.


Bake the cupcakes for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick in the center comes out mostly clean.

Cool & Frost

Remove the pan from the oven and let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting. 

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