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June 1, 2023 0 Comments

Black Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

Indulge in the dark, decadent allure of our Black Velvet Cupcakes, a gothic twist on the classic red velvet. Perfect for any occasion that calls for a touch of mystery and elegance, these cupcakes blend rich cocoa with a hint of vanilla, achieving a striking, midnight hue. Topped with a smooth, creamy cream cheese frosting, each bite promises a deliciously velvety experience. Whether you’re hosting a gothic-themed party or simply craving a unique treat, these Black Velvet Cupcakes will enchant your taste buds and add a dash of dramatic flair to your dessert repertoire.


  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour (approx 150 calories)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder (negligible calories)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda (negligible calories)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (negligible calories)
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (approx 150 calories)
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar (approx 1160 calories)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened (approx 810 calories)
  • 2 large eggs (approx 140 calories)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (negligible calories)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (approx 150 calories)
  • Black food coloring (gel or paste) (negligible calories)
  • Black frosting (store-bought or homemade) (approx 800 calories for moderate amount)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a cupcake tin with black cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating with buttermilk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  6. Add black food coloring to the batter until you achieve the desired shade of black. Start with a small amount and adjust as needed.
  7. Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling each about two thirds full.
  8. Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  9. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. Once cooled, frost the cupcakes with black frosting using a piping bag or a spatula.
  11. For an extra touch, you can decorate the cupcakes with black sprinkles, silver edible pearls, or any other gothic-inspired decorations you prefer.

This recipe will yield anywhere from 12-16 cupcakes depending on the size. The total approximate calorie count for this recipe is 3960 calories. Depending on your recipe yeild calorie count per cupcake will range from 330 to 248.

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