Red Wine Velvet Cupcakes
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Red Wine Cupcakes

Wine and chocolate come together in these delicious red wine cupcakes!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: red wine cupcakes, wine cupcakes
Servings: 18 cupcakes
Calories: 149kcal


  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons raw cocoa powder 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons; Any cocoa powder will work, but raw cocoa powder has a reaction with the baking soda that causes the cupcakes to have a slightly - very subtle - red hue. Plus, it has a great flavor!
  • 1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons, soft but cool
  • 1 cup brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine
  • cream cheese frosting


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Sift flour and cocoa powder together into a small bowl.
  • Combine butter, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  • Mix on low to medium speed to moisten, then increase to medium and cream until fluffy and light, about five minutes pausing to scrape the bowl and beater halfway through.
  • With the mixer running, add the eggs one at a time, mixing until each is fully incorporated before adding the next.
  • Reduce speed to low and sprinkle in one-third of the flour/cocoa, followed by a third of the red wine. Alternate between the two, allowing each addition to be roughly incorporated before adding the next.
  • Fold batter with a flexible spatula to ensure that is it is well mixed from the bottom up.
  • Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes emerges with only a few crumbs attached.
  • Once cool, frost with cream cheese frosting.



Recipe printed with permission from Stella Parks.
Frost with a simple cream cheese frosting or try Brave Tart's custard-based cream cheese frosting.
Use an inexpensive wine for baking. Good wine won't make it taste any better. Try any of the following dry reds:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah
  • Merlot
  • Malbec


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 54mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.5mg