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Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Course: Dessert
Total Time: Under 4 Hours
Skill Level: Easy
Cost: Inexpensive
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Red Velvet Cake

Photo by: Joseph DeLeo

This cake has made a comeback. It is a rich red color, making it great for Valentine’s Day or your anniversary.

Yield: Serves 10 to 12


  • 2½ cups cake flour (625 mL)
  • 1 tsp salt (5 mL)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (250 mL)
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar (375 mL)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder (45 mL)
  • 1 oz liquid red food coloring (30 mL)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (5 mL)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (250 mL)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (5 mL)
  • 1 tsp baking soda (5 mL)


  • Two 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pans, sprayed with nonstick spray


Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)

1. In a bowl, sift cake flour and salt together two times. Set aside.

2. In a mixer bowl fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, for 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition.

3. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, food coloring and vanilla. Beat into butter mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture alternating with buttermilk, making three additions of flour and two of buttermilk just until blended.

4. In another small bowl, combine vinegar and baking soda. As soon as mixture starts to bubble, fold into batter by hand.

5. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 22 to 26 minutes. Let cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes before transferring to rack to cool completely.

6. For best results for decorating, wrap cakes in plastic wrap and freeze for 1 to 2 days. Decorate with any of the icings(see Notes) or one of your favorites.


© 2007 George Geary

Editor's Note

Nutritional information is based on 12 servings.


Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

360kcal (18%)
39mg (4%)
0mg (0%)
144mcg RAE (5%)
77mg (26%)
10g (51%)
17g (26%)
335mg (14%)
2mg (14%)

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