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Red Velvet Cake

This cake is one of my grandchildren's favorite. I have made it for a few of their birthdays. It's very hard to keep the whipped cream from turning a pink tone when you cut the cake but hey a few pink tints don't bother me!
I know you can buy red velvet cake mixes but sometimes it's just fun to do one from scratch.
This recipe is from a friend, I made a few changes.
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons liquid red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
1. In a bowl sift together flour, cocoa, salt, and set aside.
2. With mixer beat butter until creamy, add sugar and beat until light.
3. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each one.
4. Add vanilla and beat until well combined.
5. Whisk together buttermilk and red food coloring and add the flour alternately with the buttermilk mixture until well blended.
6. Combine vinegar and baking soda together (it will foam up) then quickly fold into the cake batter. This will help make the cake light and fluffy
7. Divide the batter between two 9 inch round pans which have been lined with parchment paper.
8. Bake in preheated oven at 350ยบ for 30 minutes.
9. Once cakes are done and out of the oven cool for 10 minutes then invert them on a wire rack and let cool completely before frosting.

I frosted the cake with sweetened whipped cream. Sometimes I cut each cake in half horizontally giving me 4 layers which I then assemble with whipped cream between each layer and spread more whipped cream on top and sides. This time I left the cake in 2 layers so as to see the cake texture.
You can also make cupcakes or use in a trifle.



  1. Have you ever tried a Mock Whipped Cream Frosting? That's the only kind I make when I do a Red Velvet... OH so yummy!

  2. I love the contrast of the rich color of the cake with the white frosting. Looks great!!

  3. Gorgeous...I'm not a frosting person and this way the white is so much more stunning. YUM

  4. My husband's been asking me to make a red velvet cake for ages but I've never done it before. Time to try this recipe!

  5. Betty, your pictures are beautful! I had never heard of Red Velvet Cake before I saw it in the draft sure does look like red velvet . . . I love chocolate and whipped cream combination. I'll be looking for an excuse to make this.

  6. Perfect! My daughter just asked if I had a recipe for this...I'll print it off for her right now. Your cake looks wonderful! I wanted to taste it as soon as I saw it. I'll catch the next plane out. Kathy

  7. Hey Mom...I'm coming for a visit if this is still sitting on your counter!! :)

  8. I have never baked...or even velvet cake. It looks wonderful! My niece just posted red velvet cake on her blog this week...maybe it's time to give it a try.

  9. This looks really yummy. I am looking for something to do for Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday). And I might attempt this.
    Thanks for all your wonderful recipes and Bible verses. Sometimes I think you are speaking to me directly.

  10. Hello Betty
    your cake looks scrumptious
    gorgeous looking dark red with the contrast with white frosting...
    never tasted Red Velvet Cake before.I think its about time to bake one...
    Have you ever tried using beets instead of food coloring..

  11. The Red Velvet Cake looks amazing and delicious, I will definitly be making this! Thank You!

  12. I just made a red velvet cake today! I'm waiting for my cream cheese and butter to warm up to room temperature to make the frosting. Mmmmm I love red velvet :D

  13. Betty I have never made red velvet cake or tasted it either. . Yours looks really nice a fine crumb. . and I always love whipped cream frosting too.

  14. I need to try something new.
    Maybe this weekend for the birthday.

  15. The first piece of Red Velvet cake I ever had was at the home of some Mennonite friends. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  16. My mother used to make the absolute best from-scratch red velvet cakes...the five of us loved them so much that we'd scout out the red food coloring at the grocery and make certain she had some in her shopping cart!

  17. I enlarged the picture so that it would fill up my entire screen as I didn't one to miss one delicious detail. I am enamored with this beautiful looking cake...I don't think I've ever made one, but I think I must. This cake looks sooooo GOOD!

  18. I have been longing to make a red velvet cake for such a long time. I can't believe I never have tried. This is something on that 'to do' list which I must really cross off. Looks scrumptious Betty

  19. This looks gorgeous. It's funny how Red Velvet cake has become so 'trendy' in gourmet circles these days. History repeats!

  20. oh my ~ can't wait to give this one a try

  21. ...this reminds me when you bought this in texas! you looked so happy! haha SUCH a gooder.

  22. I would like to add this fun thought as an option to your Red Velvet Cake. (It's kid's stuff too!)
    Take the baked cake and crumble it into a large mixing bowl. You want the entire cake completely crumbled. The red on your hands will wash out or use rubber gloves.
    Now mix one can of ready-made cream cheese frosting with the crumbled cake. If you prefer, you can make your own cream cheese frosting from scratch. I used a spoon to mix it all together.
    Get a baking sheet and line it with waxed paper. It’s now time to make the balls. I used two cookie sheets for the balls. Refrigerate for about 2 hours to set. Using a toothpick, dip each cake ball into ganache to coat evenly. Set on wax paper and cool to set.
    Chocolate Ganache: 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips in a bowl. Add ½ c. Hot cream (35%). Stir until smooth and let stand until just warm.
    Kids (up to age 90) love this and it's fun to do and fun to eat. Imagine decorative display ideas for special functions...


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