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Red Velvet Oreo Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

Who can resist red velvet and oreos?!

Apparently, my cousins and I can't! I made these this weekend and they were a hit. All 30 cupcakes were gone in 3 days!

Homemade cupcakes are far more better then boxed! This cupcake is wonderfully moist, full of chocolate-y flavor, and of course that vibrant red. It's paired with a luscious cream cheese frosting and a cookie crust. This cupcake is perfectly sweet, so you won't feel guilty eating more then one.

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Prep Time: 25 Minutes Cook Time: 23 Minutes

Used in this recipe:


Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1 Pack of Oreos

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 1/2 cups flour, sifted

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 4 Tbsp vinegar

  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 oz red food coloring (1 bottle)

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese (1 pack), softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 4 Tbsp confectioners sugar

  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 cupcake crumbled for garnish (optional)

  • Leftover Oeros for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350* F. Line 24-30 muffin tins with cupcake papers then place Oreos at the bottom. (as crust)

  2. In a small bowl, combine 4 Tbsp vinegar and 1 cup whole milk. Set aside for 10 minutes to form into buttermilk.

  3. Sift together 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp salt. Set aside.

  4. In a small bowl, mix 1 oz red food coloring (1 bottle) and 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder to form a thin paste. Set aside

  5. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat 1/2 cup unsalted butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy.(about 3 minutes)

  6. Beat in 2 eggs, one at a time. Beat in red cocoa paste and 1 tsp vanilla extract, scraping the bowl as you go.

  7. Add half of the flour mixture, beat well, then beat in half of the buttermilk. Beat in the remaining flour mixture, beat well, then beat in the remaining buttermilk, making sure to scrape down the bowl.

  8. Fill cupcake cups with cake batter until they are 3/4 full.

  9. Bake for 20-23 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool cupcakes completely.

To Make Frosting:

  1. In a large bowl beat 8 oz softened Cream Cheese and 1 cup sugar on high until well combined and smooth. (3 minutes)

  2. Mix in 1 Tbsp vanilla extract and 4 Tbsp confectioners sugar until well incorporated.

  3. Add in 1 cup of cold heavy whipping cream and beat until your frosting is smooth and fluffy.

  4. Once cupcakes are cool, pipe or spread frosting over cupcakes. Sprinkle 1 crumbled up red velvet cupcake over cupcakes, You can use crushed Oreo’s instead. Top off your cupcake with an Oreo (optional)

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