Spiced Red Velvet Cupcakes with Frosting

By Trish McKenzie
Prep time:
45 minutes
Cooking time:
25 minutes
Level of Difficulty:


80g butter, softened
¾ cup caster sugar
1½ cups plain flour
¼ cup cocoa
1 tablespoon Gewurzhaus Mayan Chilli Chocolate Spice (See note)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
1-2 teaspoon red food colouring gel
½ teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon white vinegar


150g cream cheese, softened
100g butter, softened
1 2/3 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
1/2 cup full cream milk powder
Extra Gewurzhaus Mayan Chilli Chocolate Spice, for sprinkling (See note)


Preheat the oven CircoTherm® 160 °C

Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, add the egg and beat well. Fold in the sifted dry ingredients and combined buttermilk and colouring. Dissolve the bicarb soda in the vinegar then stir through until well combined.

Spoon the mixture into 12 x ¹⁄3 cup capacity patty paper lined muffin pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked when tested. Allow to cool thoroughly on a wire rack.

Beat the cream cheese and butter in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth, gradually add the icing sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy. Gently fold through the milk powder and mix well, then chill until firm enough to pipe.

Spoon the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a star pipe. Pipe rosettes of frosting onto each muffin and finish with a sprinkle of the Chilli Chocolate Powder.



Gewurzhaus Chocolate Spice can be purchased online or in-store for more information please visit: https://gewurzhaus.com.au/product/mayan-chilli-chocolate-56g-m/

Authors Bio:

As an experienced home economist and Food Designer Trish has worked over the span of her career in the food and home appliance industry as a demonstrator, teacher, recipe developer and food stylist. For more than 20 years she worked for and later managed the test kitchen for a large FMCG company working on some of Australia’s most trusted and iconic food brands, developing recipes and usages for their products as well as styling mouth watering images for cookbooks and websites. She has also appeared regularly as a brand ambassador on a number of well loved television cooking shows.

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