Red Velvet Cupcakes

It’s not chocolate…it’s not vanilla…but dammit, it’s red and has cream cheese frosting.  What’s not to love?

You guys should be uber-thankful, too, because I made these before Valentine’s Day to share with you.  Never mind that Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday and I won’t have any time to cook a decent dinner let alone dessert…somewhere out there, though, someone’s gonna score big all thanks to me.  Win.

Primal Red Velvet Cupcakes

2 Eggs, separated

2 1/2 c Almond Meal

1/2 c Coconut Oil, melted

1/2 c Honey

1 1/2 T Vanilla

1/2 t Sea Salt

1/2 t Baking Soda

3 t Cocoa Powder

2 T Red Food Coloring or Beet Juice**

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz Cream Cheese, softened

1/4 c Honey

3 T Heavy Whipping Cream


For the cupcakes, mix all the dry ingredients together until blended.  Add the egg yolks, food coloring, honey, vanilla, and coconut oil and beat with an electric mixer.

Beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks (this is key for the cake-y texture, people!!).  Fold into the rest of the batter.  Spoon batter into paper cupcake liners.

Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Make sure they are cool before frosting.

For the frosting, beat all the ingredients until smooth and fluffy with an electric mixer, about 2-3 minutes total.

Share with someone you love!

**If you’re like me and you get wigged out using conventional food coloring, do what I did and use beet juice.  Just cut up a large beet into cubes and boil in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes.  You can also just take some from a can of beets.  The color isn’t as vibrant as the stuff from the little plastic tubes, but it gets the point across!)

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30 thoughts on “Red Velvet Cupcakes

  1. Rebecca

    Out of curiosity, what is your creative process for coming up with recipes? I just made this as a cake (didn’t have the stuff for the icing), and it is out of this world!!!!!!! I may eat half of it tonight… Anyway, thank you!!!

    1. tgipaleo Post author

      I’d actually like to do a post sometime soon on the subject. When I have an idea and it’s something like a cake or baked something that takes a little more work to keep on the Paleo side, I have to do a little research and work some trial and error. In this case, I looked at both Paleo and conventional cake recipes and figured beating the egg whites–the main difference between these and most Paleo cakes and muffins–might keep the texture nice and light, and it most certainly did! The food color idea with the beet juice isn’t mine at all…thanks, eHow!

      1. Amy

        Stumbled upon your recipe while googling and would to try this out. I suck at “folding the eggwhites into the batter”. Is it really necessary to do that? Can I just mix in the egg like how you would w regular flour and stuff like that?

    1. tgipaleo Post author

      I made a dozen with this recipe the first time. Since then, I’ve started using the silicon liners and since they’re smaller, I get 14-16.

  2. Anonymous

    You are a genius! My family loves your recipes, especially my 4 and 7 year olds. It’s recipes like these that have helped my children make the transition into paleo. God bless you and your creativity!

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  4. Erin

    These were delicious – thanks for making this available.
    I’ll definitely be back for more – the frosting was outstanding, and whipping the egg whites really made a difference.

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  5. marilyn

    I was so excited to make this for my son’s 8th birthday as his specific request was paleo red velvet. Sorry to say this was a huge disaster. Luckily i made a test cake. Some spilled and burned in the oven which created a hole lot of smoke. The WHOLE house smelled like pot! Seriously… marijuana smell in everyone’s hair and clothes. There was not enough lysol cans at home! The taste was pretty bad too. A real shame because all the paleo recipes I’ve done have been delicious.

    Hoping for a better recipe. Sorry, don’t wanna sound like a Troll but, it wasnt good.

    1. Meli

      Dang! Maybe you didnt use the right ingredients? Or… depends on where you live… if in the high altitude areas, that could be why. they tend to burn easily than non high altitude areas. Try again? did you try the cupcake muffin liners instead of cake pan?

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  7. Colleen

    Does it matter if you use almond flour or almond meal? I bake a lot from elenas pantry and she always recommends almond flour when I have subbed almond meal in the past it tastes well…more mealy.

    1. tgipaleo Post author

      I would absolutely recommend a more fine almond flour if you can get it, otherwise you’re right…it can be a little coarse.

  8. Meli

    Wow… that is all I have to say… is… WOW! They are incredibly delicious. I made this recipe today. I added vanilla extract in cream cheese frosting recipe. It was wonderfully delicious and I got my fix! I love red velvet cake/cupcakes/cookies sooo much and I couldn’t find the perfect pale/primal recipe for this. Thanks!!!


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