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Red Velvet Cake

- submitted by Dahlia on 02-13-2008


For the cake

  • All purpose flour - 2 1/4 cups
  • Cocoa powder - 4 tbsp
  • Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  • Baking soda - 1 tsp
  • Butter - 1/2 cup (You can also use olive oil instead)
  • Red food colouring - 3 tblsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 1/2 cup
  • Eggs - 2
  • Buttermilk - 1 cup

For the frosting

  • Cream cheese/Butter - 16 oz (should be at room temperature)
  • Sugar - as needed (app. 1 lb)
  • Vanilla extract - 1 tsp


For the Cake

  1. Beat the eggs with a fork or mixer. Add oil and blend again. 
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients i.e flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add this to the beaten egg. Add the buttermilk little by little until the mixture is nicely blended.
  4. Finally blend in the red food colour and vanilla extract.
  5. Divide and spread the batter uniformly in 2 9 "cake pans or 3 8"cake pans.
  6. Bake for 20 -30 minutes in the oven preheated to 350 degree F. Check if the cake is done by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the cake. It should come out clean.
  7. Switch off the oven and cool the cake before applying the frosting. Cut the top to make it flat before applying the frosting.

For The Frosting

  1. In a large bowl beat the cream cheese/ butter or a combination of both.
  2. Beat the sugar and vanilla extract too until a fluffy frosting is ready.
  3. Spread the frosting around and in between the layers of cake.

Baked Red Velvet Cake

Apply the frosting

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Comments (8)

Person Zzam   (February 5, 2016)
Any substitute for buttermilk??
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (February 6, 2016)
you can substitute with equal quantity of milk and 1 tsp of vineger.
Person Anna   (May 6, 2015)
if you use red food coloring use a drop or two not to much that will make it bitter
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 7, 2015)
For the red velvet cake you need a little more... Just a couple of drops will not give the desired color.
Person advis   (September 7, 2013)
Red food color is adding bitterness, which brand to use?
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (September 7, 2013)
Please try some other brand. I used great value food colour.
Person arpita   (June 30, 2013)
i have tried it and everyone appreciated.. Thanks for the lovely recipe..
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (July 2, 2013)
Thanks for leaving your comments.

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