More Tiny Food: Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on February 6, 2012

in Baking

The very same night that I made the itty bitty burgers, I made other tiny food as well. It was like cute overload over here!

Last year, I donated 100 Cupcakes to the A to Z Literacy Movement’s annual fundraiser, and while they were well-recieved, there were tons left over. This year, I was asked to donate cupcakes again, and my friend Mal and I decided that minis were a much better option.


The A to Z Literacy Movement is a cause that I can believe in, and I’m honored that I was asked to provide the desserts for their fundraiser again. A to Z sends teachers, books, and money to needy villages in Zambia to help provide students there with the educational services they so desperately need. Baking a bunch of cupcakes for that cause seems like the least I can do.

My cupcake skills have come a long way since last year, and I was excited to show off a bit. And so, mini red velvet cupcakes were decided upon. Partially because everyone loves red velvet, and partially because of the proximity of the event to Valentine’s day.

mini red velvet cupcakes

I used a tried and true recipe from Smitten Kitchen and my very favorite buttercream frosting from Tasty Kitchen. While I thought about making up a cake recipe from my own brain, I needed to make sure there were enough cupcakes for the attendees of the benefit. I thought 75 would do it. This recipe made 6 dozen, so I was darn close.

mini red velvet cupcakes

The decorations were simple: little sparkly silver hearts and pink, red, and white nonpareils. Very cute, very festive, very Valentines-y. I got text messages throughout the night from people at the benefit as I was photographing Heidi & Matt’s Wedding with photos of cupcakes and empty cupcake trays. Needless to say, they were well-recieved.


I love how cute they were (obviously) but I also loved that they were two perfect bites of cake and frosting. They’re a perfect dessert to make for Valentine’s day. The recipe is extremely simple, and the chemistry of it is fascinating.

And did I mention they’re cute?

mini red velvet cupcakes



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Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 6, 2012 at 8:58 PM

OMG–those are freaking adorable. And the last picture! Love!!
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Melissa @TryingtoHeal February 6, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Ahhh….they’re so cute! I had a spiced chai vegan one this weekend…so good! Bu I want yours now!


Jenn@slim-shoppin February 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Those are cute Mara! Love it.


Rose February 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM

These are so cute! Love ‘em!
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