Valentine’s Day Red Velvet cupcakes

In the mood for love-ly cakes? Give into temptation with these mouth-watering morsels. Get creative with heart shaped moulds and romantically themed sprinkles and you’ll soon have your Valentine eating out of your hand!


Makes 9-10 cupcakes



  • 100g butter 
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 125g self-raising flour 
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 2 free range eggs 2
  • 30 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 10 ml red natural food colouring gel

Cream Cheese Topping

  • 25g butter
  • 100g full fat cream cheese
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 3 ml vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C Fan
  2. Weigh out all your ingredients for both stages and allow your butter to soften to room temperature.
  3. In a food mixer, cream together the butter and the sugar.
  4. Sieve the cocoa powder and flour together.
  5. Whisk the eggs.
  6. Once the butter and sugar has gone pale and creamy, fold in a little of the egg mixture followed by the flour mixture. Alternate until everything is combined. Do not whisk at this stage or you will knock out all the air you have incorporated.
  7. This mixture will make 9-10 cupcakes or 6 x 90g flowerpot muffins.
  8. Once you have filled your cases, placed into your muffin tins then bake at 160°C for 20-25 minutes until the cakes spring back once gently pressed.
  9. To make your frosting: measure the ingredients into a food processor and whizz until smooth or beat together by hand.
  10. Fill a piping bag with the frosting to halfway (If you overfill it is difficult to control your piping) and pipe on to the cooled cupcakes. Alternatively, add the frosting to the cakes using a teaspoon, spreading it over the top of each cupcake. Dust with cocoa powder to serve, or alternatively garnish with fresh berries, love heart sweets or romantically themed sprinkles!

Like this recipe? Why not try Tony’s Italian Wedding Soup or Bao Buns with Char Sui Pork? Perfect to create an impressive Valentine’s Day/Chinese New Year feast. You can find more of our development chefs’ recipes here.

Recipe from Tony Lones, Senior Craft and Development Chef at Radish


Tony Lones is a 2020 finalist at the prestigious B&I StrEAT Food Awards – he also reached the finals last year. He became passionate about food after working on a fruit and vegetable stall while waiting for his exam results. He says, “I became more interested in food than my career choice, which was electronic engineering!

Radish are one of our brilliant catering partners and manage bistros at some of our Retirement Living PLUS developments. 

Find more development chefs’ recipes here.

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