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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Tim Tams and Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Cupcakes
Servings: 12
Author: Lauren


  • 2 ⅓ cups of plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups of caster sugar
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • ¾ cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons of red food colouring
  • 2 teaspoons of white vinegar
  • For the cream cheese frosting you will need:
  • 250 g of cream cheese - softened
  • 100 g of butter - softened
  • 1 ¼ cups of pure icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • 6 Tim Tams or similar to decorate.


  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper cases.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together the plain flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder. Stir through the caster sugar and make a well in the centre.
  • In a large jug, add the buttermilk, vegetable oil, eggs, red food colouring and vinegar - stirring with a small whisk or fork until combined.
  • Pour the liquid into the well, and use a large metal spoon to combine the mixture - be careful not to over mix.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared paper cases and place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes, or until the muffins have cooked through.
  • Remove the cooked muffins from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for five minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • While the cupcakes are cooling you can make the cream cheese frosting.
  • Place the softened cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in a large bowl before sifting the icing sugar over the top. Using electric beaters, start mixing the ingredients together on a low speed before increasing to a medium/high speed. Continue to mix until all the ingredients have combined.
  • Place the TimTams onto a cutting board and chop into large pieces.
  • Spread the cream cheese icing over the top of the cupcakes using either a spatula or a piping bag before decorating with the TimTam pieces.