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How To Make Delicious Baileys Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Make delicious Baileys Red Velvet Cupcakes for a mouthwatering adult treat!  

baileys red velvet cupcakes on tiered tray

Happy National Cupcake day! The first cupcake recipe that came to mind was red velvet.

It’s one of my daughter’s favorite desserts. Mine too!

Since she was just moving into her new apartment yesterday, I thought I’d make her some yummy Baileys Red Velvet Cupcakes to celebrate her big move.

red vevet cupcake on stand

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Baileys makes a great Red Velvet Irish Cream Liqueur that I’ve used to make Baileys Red Velvet Cupcake Martini, as well as a Red Velvet Baileys Kahlua Shot.

frosted red velvet cupcake with baileys

This was my first time using it to bake and I’m so glad I did.

You get the great flavor of the rich red velvet Baileys, but it definitely does not take over the dessert. 

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red velvet cupcakes on decocrated stand

Baileys Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

Baileys Red Velvet Irish Liqueur With Cupcake

Pick up some really cute cupcake liners, of course that is necessary. 🙂 

cupcake liners in pan

Follow the recipe included in the printable recipe card below. 

red velvet mix in mixing bowl

One thing I learned years ago from my Husband who owned a bakery, was not to overfill the cupcake liner-ask me how I know that?!

You definitely want to stick with 2/3 full. 

red velvet cupcakes in pan

Bake according to the instructions. I found 18 minutes was perfect for my oven, but anywhere from 18-20 minutes should be perfect. 

baked red velvet cupcakes

They come out perfectly rich and cake like-not dry at all.

Now it’s time to add your frosting of choice.

As I made homemade cupcakes, I thought I’d take the extra step to make homemade cream cheese frosting as well.

You certainly can use store bought to save time.

Add red sugar crystals if you like, or crushed graham crackers for extra eye candy.

red velvet cupcake on plate with fork

I’m thrilled to team up with some of my foodie friends who are all sharing yummy cupcakes to celebrate #NationalCupcakeDay.

Check out their cupcake recipes below:

Cupcakes for Cupcake Lovers Day!

Hosted by Valentina | The Baking Fairy

red vevet cupcake on stand

Baileys Red Velvet Cupcake Recipes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes 18 seconds
Total Time: 25 minutes 18 seconds

Make these absolutely delicious Baileys Red Velvet Cupcakes when you want a decadent treat with the silky, rich flavor of red velvet.


  • Sugar 2 cups
  • Buttermilk 1.5 cups
  • Baileys Red Velvet 1 cup
  • Vegetable Oil 1 cup
  • Vanilla 1 tbsp
  • Eggs 2
  • Red food coloring
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Baking Soda 1 tsp
  • Unsweetened Cocoa 3/4 cup
  • Flour 2.5 cups

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream Cheese 16 oz
  • Sugar 2 cups
  • Butter 1 stick softened
  • Vanilla 1 tbsp
  • Heavy whipping cream 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add sugar, buttermilk and oil to your mixing bowl and mix until well blended.
  3. Add Baileys Red Velvet and stir.
  4. Mix in eggs, food coloring and vanilla until well blended.
  5. Add dry ingredients and mix together until smooth.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Mix cream cheese and sugar until well blended.
  2. Add softened butter and mix well.
  3. Add vanilla and heavy cream until desired consistency.
  4. Once cupcakes are completely cooled, frost.
  5. Add red sugar crystals if you like.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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Sunday 14th of February 2021

I made these for Valentine's day and they are delicious, loved them. And yes, the bailey's is not too overpowering in flavour.

Can I ask though, what can I substitute if I dont want to add the Baileys.


Thursday 10th of December 2020

How much red food colouring do you put in the cupcake batter?


Friday 11th of December 2020

Hi Pauline. I used a red velvet cake, so no food coloring needed. Hope this helps.


Saturday 21st of November 2020

These cupcakes look amazing and I hope to make them. However you didn’t say how much red food colouring.


Thursday 25th of June 2020

You had me at Baileys! Thanks for sharing this recipe- will be trying this on the weekend (but for me only, not the kids!).

Nicole Hood

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

I love red velvet but Bailey's Red Velvet?! OMG I need some!

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