Red velvet cinnamon and chili cupcakes infused with Red Hots syrup topped with Red Hots buttercream make these Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes a spicy, sweet treat perfect for Valentine’s Day… or any day!
I haven’t made a cupcake in a while… so I wanted to make something that I had never done before! And since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought why not make it a themed cupcake… Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes!
Red Hots or Cinnamon Imperials candies are the prefect little spicy red candy to decorate cupcakes or cookies with but often times are used only at Christmas. I know I’ve used them for years to decorate our holiday cookies with. But since they’re red in color, I knew they’d be a great addition to any Valentine dessert!
I didn’t just want to toss the candies into the batter and call it good… I wanted really get the spicy flavor of the candies into the cake. So, I made a simple syrup out of the cinnamon candies and drizzled it over the cupcakes. This way the spicy flavor would soak into the cupcake and would be a prominent flavor! I also used that same syrup in the buttercream frosting and added a bit of chili powder for more of a spicy kick!
These are some seriously unique cupcakes. And they definitely aren’t for the faint of heart… they’ve got a kick with all the chili powder and cinnamon red hots in them!
If you’re looking for something unique and different, then these are the cupcakes for you. Flavor wise, they truly are one of the most different cupcakes I’ve ever made. They aren’t really chocolate… they aren’t really red velvet… they pack a punch of spice and there’s this syrup glaze on top that leaves your mouth going WOOOAAAAAH!
Happy Valentine’s Day!