Red Velvet Cupcakes + Brownie Heart Toppers

Posted on: January 28, 2013
Red Velvet Cupcakes + Brownie Heart Toppers

I love to bake and always use the holidays as an excuse to whip up something special. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I decided it would be the perfect time to make red velvet cupcakes! I’ve tried them from several cupcake bakeries in the past but have never attempted to make my own. To add that “awww…” factor, I topped them with tiny brownie hearts! Totally cute and delicious and I think I’ve perfected my cream cheese icing recipe which is very exciting!

Valentines Day Red Velvet Cupcakes Red Velvet Cupcakes + Brownie Heart Toppers

The night before I made my cupcakes, I used a boxed brownie mix to make my heart toppers. Bake your brownies according to the instructions on the box, let cool completely, and then use a small heart cookie cutter to cut out your toppers. Store your little hearts in an airtight container.

Red Velvet Cupcakes


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 (1 ounce) bottle Red Food Color
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer(I used my stand mixer) on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food color and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.
  3. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool in muffin tin for 5 minutes and then transfer your cupcakes to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Now it’s time to make your cream cheese frosting.

Valentines Day Brownie Cupcakes Red Velvet Cupcakes + Brownie Heart Toppers

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) butter (set at room temp about 20 minutes, but should still be cool)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (directly from fridge)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream + a little more to get desired consistency


  1. Place butter in a large mixing bowl and blend slightly. Add cream cheese and blend until combined, about 30 seconds. (I used my stand mixer for this step)
  2. Add vanilla extract and confectioner's sugar and blend on low speed until combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy.
  3. Add your heavy whipping cream and beat until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add a little more if you need to until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.

I used my Nordic Ware International Cupcake Decorating Set to frost my cupcakes. Lastly, add your brownie toppers and enjoy your cute cupcakes!

Valentines Day Cupcakes Red Velvet Cupcakes + Brownie Heart Toppers{Heart Cookie Cutter | Red Cupcake Liners}

XO, Louisa

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  1. Super cute! I am filing away lots of ideas to make Valentine’s Day extra special for my girls! The brownie hearts are so cute!

    • Thanks Keri!!! P.S. Be on the lookout for an e-mail for us soon ;)

  2. Hi! Love this. Where do you get your baking cups? They are so cute as well!

    • I got them at Joann Fabrics!

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