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Pecan Red Velvet Cupcakes

Michelle/Thrifty DIY Diva
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Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup sorghum flour like Bob's Red Mill - at natural grocers or online
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour like Bob's Red Mill - at natural grocers or online
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons xanthan gum like Bob's Red Mill - at natural grocers or online
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 bottle Red Food Coloring
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

  • 8 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 16 ounce confectioners’ powder sugar
  • 2 cups pecans to decorate


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a muffin cup tin with cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl, stir together cocoa powder, cornstarch, sorghum flour, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine granulated sugar and oil; blend on medium.
  • Pour in the melted chocolate and stir.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • In a third bowl, mix the food coloring and vanilla into the buttermilk and stir well.
  • Add all ingredients now to the flour mixture and blend on low (do not overbeat).
  • Fill each cupcake liner about 3/4 up.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Let cool completely.


  • Blend the cream cheese, butter, sour cream and vanilla in a large bowl until light and fluffy, gradually adding the powder sugar.
  • Place the frosting in a piping bag and press a hole through the top of the cupcakes to fill the center and then frost how you wish.
  • Sprinkle with pecans.
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