Posted on 12 February, 2013

Red Velvet Marble Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting


Red Velvet Marble Cupcakes (1 of 1)These Red Velvet Marble Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting are quite simple to whip up. I would know because I made them at 1 am last night when my previous two recipes flopped.  There is no creaming of butter, no using every bowl in your kitchen and then having a dirty dish pile in your sink that hits the ceiling. All it takes is two bowls, to divide the batter, and a couple of ingredients you should have in your fridge. What you do need to be careful with though is the red dye.

Red Velvet Marble Cupcakes Plain (1 of 1)I somehow managed to spill it over my hands, the floor and my sweatshirt.  It was a mess I don’t wish on anybody. Nonetheless, the strawberry frosting made my pink stained hands worth it.  Real chopped up strawberries are folded into the mixture, giving it a true strawberry flavor. None of that artificial crap here.  Then when you pile it on top of the Red Velvet Marble Cupcakes magic happens.  You’re taste buds sing and you have no idea how you gone so long without them. Enjoy!

Serves 6



  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon red food dye


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • about 4 medium fresh strawberries, pureed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a 12 cup muffin tin with 6 cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, baking powder and salt. In a larger bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Add the dry to the wet and stir until just combined. Rinse out the bowl you used for the dry ingredients and add in 1/2 cup of batter plus one teaspoon of red dye.  Evenly distribute the batter into the cupcake liners. Start with vanilla, then the red velvet and end with vanilla. Gently run a knife through the batter to give them a swirl effect. Bake for about 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

When the cupcakes are baking, start working on the frosting.

In a bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter on medium high for 5 minutes. Turn to low and gradually add in the confectioners sugar. Add in the vanilla extract and the teaspoons of strawberry puree.

Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.

Adapted from here and here

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  • Reply Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust 13 February, 2013 at 3:09 am

    These are SO pretty! I love the match with the strawberry frosting. :)

    • Reply Nicole 14 February, 2013 at 12:59 am

      I am all about matching! ;-) Thanks for the pin!

  • Reply The Domestic Rebel 13 February, 2013 at 4:09 am

    AHHHHOMG I LOVE that you marbled the red velvet! Personally, I think a litttttle red velvet goes a looooong way. But that’s because I’m crazy. Anywho, I love that you swirled these–totally brilliant and gorge, Nicole!

    • Reply Nicole 14 February, 2013 at 1:01 am

      I am in the same boat as you. I love red velvet but I can overdose on it pretty quickly. Something about all that red food dye kinda creeps me…haha.

  • Reply Joyti 13 February, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Yum…that sounds like a delicious cupcake, and a seriously decadent, delicious frosting. So cute too.

    • Reply Nicole 14 February, 2013 at 12:56 am

      Oh the frosting is what dreams are made of! The fresh chopped up strawberries puts it over the top.

  • Reply Sally 13 February, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    These cupcakes are gorgeous and I love that they are completely homemade. :) All of those pretty swirls and the pink strawberry frosting. This is my cupcake dream come true!

    • Reply Nicole 14 February, 2013 at 12:55 am

      Aw shucks, your making me blush! I can’t buy cupcakes that are store bought anymore. They taste so artificial.

  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks 14 February, 2013 at 3:03 am

    thank you for making FROM SCRATCH cupcakes and not using cake mix…nothing against it but I love a good homemade cupcake and these w. buttermilk are probably just sooo moist and perfect!

    • Reply Nicole 16 February, 2013 at 8:02 am

      They are! To be honest, I chose this recipe because I didn’t want to cream any butter. It was close to one in the morning and I was lazy. But, I was so happy when they turned out as well as they did.

  • Reply Aimee @ ShugarySweets 14 February, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    LOVE these!!! We were thinking the same thing this week :)

    • Reply Nicole 16 February, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Great minds think alike!

  • Reply Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe 16 February, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I love the marbled look of these cupcakes! And fresh strawberries folded into the icing? Sign me up!

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