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Red Velvet Cake

 Published 2008-Feb-13   Updated 2018-Jun-04

- Submitted by Dahlia

Recipe For Red Velvet Cake


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 tbsp
  • 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.

red velvet cake
Baked Red Velvet Cake

red velvet cake with frosting
Apply the frosting

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Comments (12)

Person   ()
Don't we need baking powder for this?
Person   ()
Baking Soda does the job, so baking powder not needed.
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Thank you.
Person   ()
Any substitute for buttermilk??
Person   ()
you can substitute with equal quantity of milk and 1 tsp of vineger.
Person   ()
if you use red food coloring use a drop or two not to much that will make it bitter
Person   ()
For the red velvet cake you need a little more... Just a couple of drops will not give the desired color.
Person   ()
Red food color is adding bitterness, which brand to use?
Person   ()
Please try some other brand. I used great value food colour.
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i have tried it and everyone appreciated.. Thanks for the lovely recipe..
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Old Comments

Comment by ruchi jain
what can be used in place of egg...(for vegetarians)..??

Reply :-
Hi Ruchi, You can substitute eggs with 2-3 tblsp of condensed milk or butter. You can also substitute each egg with 1 tblsp of flax seed powder + 3 tblsp of water.

Comment by anisha sunny
hi....after beating the eggs,what should i add butter or oil...?
and what oil should i add

Reply :-
You can use either butter or some olive oil.

Comment by Merlin in Orkut
Hi, Dahlia...I tried the was good....but it tasted like a chocolate cake.....i think i have added more coca powder...anyway its good....thanks for the recipe..

Reply :-
Good Merlin. It has a chocolaty flavour but it is not as chocolaty as the chocolate cake. good that u enjoyed the cake.

Comment by Merlin on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 7:32:12 AM
Thanks dahlia.....I will try the cake this weekend and let u know how it came out....

Reply : -
Sure Merlin, waiting to hear from you

Comment by Merlin on Sunday, June 01, 2008 12:41:51 PM
and the sugar, is it powdered sugar? or normal?

Reply :-
i used normal sugar only since that is what i had on hand. u can use powdered if u have it,

Comment by Merlin on Sunday, June 01, 2008 12:39:04 PM
Hi, Dahlia, I would like to give a try to this cake....but make me clear "Baking soda" is baking powder or Sodium bi carbonate?because I use baking powder for cakes....

Reply :-
hi merlin, i use baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) for my cakes. baking powder is milder than baking soda.

Comment by Fiza on Monday, May 19, 2008 6:41:02 PM
yeah true,looks really yummy , hi this is fiza, i just wanted to know tht wat is buttermilk?
Reply :-
buttermilk is beaten and diluted yogurt.

Comment by Freeda on Sat 2/16/08 7:09 AM
very different!
hi. went through the recipe. looks very different. i havent come across such a cake. feel like trying it , but i doubt if we would get that red food colouring here.i also wanted to ask u , how much of gms does one cup of ingredient contain? could u pls tell me it in gms and litres?

Reply :-
u will surely get red food colour. may be in spencers daily...
1 cup = 0.23 litres = 16 tblsp
1 oz = 30 gm = 30 ml
1 tsp = 5 ml=5 gm
1 tblsp= 15 gm
i hope this will help you.

Comment by Vijitha on Fri 2/15/08 3:37 PM
Good akka you made it. Even i got the same color when i tried this. This looks very good. When are you planning to courier me some?

Reply :-
Theres nothing left to courier dear. The cake was so yummy, it disappeared in a day.

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