Gareth Bennett an 11-year-old from Gaithersburg, Maryland recently competed on the Food Network's "Kids Baking Championship". Here is his red velvet cupcake recipe. Enjoy!


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ounce red food coloring
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8 inch pans (or line cupcake pans with muffin cups).
  • In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter with sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix food coloring with cocoa and add to mixture.
  • Add flour alternately with buttermilk. Add vanilla and salt.
  • Mix baking soda with vinegar, and gently stir into mixture. Be careful not to over mix.
  • Divide batter into three prepared 8 inch round pans (or cupcake pans). Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 25 minutes. Allow to cool.

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