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Red velvet cupcakes with melted chocolate toppers

Everyday Occasions

There are few things better than great red velvet cupcakes. Plus: your guests will never guess how easy it was to make the fancy melted chocolate brushstroke decorations!




  • 2 cups (225g) cake flour
  • 2 tsp (10ml) cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp (3ml) bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp (5ml) baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup (250g) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup (250ml) buttermilk 
  • 1 tsp (5ml) vanilla essence
  • Few drops red food colouring


  • 1 tub (200g) full fat plain cream cheese
  • 2 cups (240g) icing sugar 


  • 1 slab (80g) Heavenly Ivory Cream 
  • 1s lab (80g) Heavenly Milk Chocolate
  • 1 slab (80g) Heavenly Midnight Velvet


  1. Combine cake flour, cocoa powder, bicarb, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Whisk eggs, buttermilk and vanilla essence into butter and sugar. 
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and combine. 
  5. Use red food colouring to tint batter as desired and let stand for 30 minutes to 1 hour. 
  6. Spoon batter into a greased muffin pan and bake in a preheated oven at 170°C for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through. 
  7. Cool completely. 
  8. Whisk cream cheese and icing sugar together until smooth. 
  9. Pipe onto cooled red velvet cupcakes.
  10. Melt Ivory Cream, Milk Chocolate and Midnight Velvet separately, either in the microwave or on the stovetop using a double boiler (place chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmeringwater). Keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t burn.
  11. Place spoonfuls of melted chocolate onto baking paper and create brushstrokes using a small-to-medium-sized (2-3cm wide) paintbrush. 
  12. Allow to dry completely before carefully removing from baking paper and placing on iced cupcakes.
  13. Serve the red velvet cupcakes and enjoy the compliments! 
Chef’s note: If you don’t want to make the cupcakes from scratch, a red velvet cupcake box mix will work just as well! Simply follow the instructions on the box and make the melted-chocolate brushstrokes as above. 

What you need

Heavenly Milk Chocolate 80g
Milk Chocolate 80g
Peppermint Tart 80g
Heavenly Ivory Cream 80g
Ivory Cream 80g
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