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Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Red Velvet Cake is far from just another chocolate cake! Make it yourself and you’ll see! This Red Velvet Cake recipe has the perfect velvety and fluffy texture!

So, if chocolate cake isn’t your thing, how about Red Velvet cake? 

Red Velvet Cake on a white dish

Can you believe my son claims he has never even had a piece of red velvet cake? I know it’s not true but what in the world is he thinking? 

My favorite part about Red Velvet Cake is the subtle hint of cocoa. It’s just delicious. Feel free to take this Red Velvet Cake recipe and transform it into cupcakes!

Of course, red velvet cake is nothing without cream cheese frosting.

Red Velvet Cake on a white cake stand

Red Velvet Cake on a white dish

So how do you even make a Red Velvet Cake? 

Be sure to scroll down where I have a printable recipe for you with instructions and ingredients.

In a large bowl, mix together all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda. All of the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl or stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on a medium-high speed. You’ll want the butter and sugar to look fluffy and golden. Add oil, eggs, vanilla extract and vinegar and mix on high until well combined with the sugar mixture. 

Don’t worry about the vinegar. It will make that red velvet color bright and bold! 

Add the buttermilk and dry ingredients, alternating between both. Use a low speed to incorporate the ingredients and work up to a medium-high speed. Add in 1-2 teaspoons of red food coloring and combine. 

I love making layer cakes, so I double this recipe so I can make 4 layers. As you can see in the cake I made for this recipe, it only has 3 layers. Why? My 4th layer fell apart. Which is fine, I still had 3 and my kids had a fun snack to enjoy while I photographed the cake! 

Be sure to grease and flour the cake pans before baking. Divide the batter among the four pans and bake! 

You’ll know when your cake is finished when they pull away from the pan slightly and a toothpick comes out clean. 

You’ll want them to cool for 15-20 minutes before removing the cakes from the pans. Cool completely on wire racks before frosting with cream cheese frosting

I’ll be honest, I am not a fan of heavily frosted cakes.  So, I like to do a light layer of cream cheese frosting on Red Velvet Cakes. 

To make slicing your Red Velvet Cake easier, let it chill in the refrigerator for about an hour before slicing. 

Red Velvet Cake on a white cake stand

Slicing into a piece of red velvet cake

Slice of red velvet cake

How to make buttermilk:

Buttermilk is super simple to make on your own! To make a cup of buttermilk, mix in 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 cup of milk. I never buy buttermilk! I just make it! 

Red Velvet Cake on a white dish

Red Velvet Cake on a white dish

If you love cake like I do, you will have to try my favorite cake recipes!

Don’t forget to pin this Red Velvet Cake Recipe!

Red Velvet Cake Recipe by Momma Lew

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Yield: 1 cake = 12 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Red Velvet Cake is far from just another chocolate cake! Make it yourself and you'll see! This Red Velvet Cake recipe has the perfect velvety and fluffy texture!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • red food coloring
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

In a large bowl, mix together all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda. All of the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl or stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on a medium-high speed. You'll want the butter and sugar to look fluffy and golden. Add oil, eggs, vanilla extract and vinegar and mix on high until well combined with the sugar mixture. 

Add the buttermilk and dry ingredients, alternating between both. Use a low speed to incorporate the ingredients and work up to a medium-high speed. Add in 1-2 teaspoons of red food coloring and combine. 

Be sure to grease and flour the cake pans before baking. Divide the batter among the four pans and bake! 

You'll know when your red velvet cakes are finished when they pull away from the pan slightly and a toothpick comes out clean. 

You'll want the Red Velvet Cakes to cool for 15-20 minutes before removing the cakes from the pans.

Cool your red velvet cake completely on wire racks before frosting with cream cheese frosting. 

Notes

To make slicing your Red Velvet Cake easier, let it chill in the refrigerator for about an hour before slicing. 

To make a cup of buttermilk, mix in 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 cup of milk.

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