Red Velvet Cake

Tender, buttery, and topped with fluffy cream cheese frosting, this exquisiteness delights the eyes and taste buds! The hint of chocolate and vanilla pair perfectly with the sweet and tangy frosting. And this cake is nothing if not dramatic: tall, beautiful, and vibrantly red, a total showstopper!

Whole red velvet cake sliced
How to Make Red Velvet Cake

Mix the dry ingredients, then the wet, and mix them together
Add the red food coloring, pour it into the cake pans, and bake
Make the Cake
Preheat oven to 350℉/177℃. Grease two 9-inch round baking pans with baking spray, line them with parchment paper if desired, and set aside.
Combine Dry Ingredients – In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
Mix Wet Ingredients – Cream the butter and sugar at high speed in a stand mixer until it’s fluffy and starts to look white, about 4 minutes, then add sour cream. Mix thoroughly for another minute. Followed by the oil – then mix for another minute.
Add Eggs one at a time, beating the mixture well between each addition. Next, add the vanilla, vinegar, and buttermilk, and then mix thoroughly.
Create the Color – Add food coloring until you reach the desired color.
Combine Dry and Wet Ingredients– Slowly add flour mixture into the batter.
Leavening – Mix baking soda and water and gently fold them into the cake batter. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl.
Divide the batter evenly between the two pans, then tap them on the countertop to release bubbles. Bake at 350℉/177℃ for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
Cool – Let the cakes sit in their pans for 10- 15 minutes. Then gently place the cakes on a wire rack and invert, lifting off the pan. Once the cakes have completely cooled, wrap them in plastic paper and put them in the fridge for an hour minimum (preferably overnight).

Make the cream cheese frosting
Cream Cheese Frosting
The Frosting – Whisk cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until creamy. You can use a mixer if desired. Gradually sieve in the powdered sugar, mixing as you go until smooth.
Assembly – Place one cake layer on a serving platter. Spread about 1½ cups of cream cheese frosting over the first cake layer.
Final Stretch – Top with the second layer, and spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake. Garnish with candied cranberries, if desired.
Ingredients
Red Velvet Cake
▢2½ cups (295g) cake flour, sifted
▢½ teaspoon salt
▢3 tablespoons (23g) cocoa powder, regular or Dutch-processed
▢½ cup (113g) unsalted butter at room temperature
▢1½ cups (300g) granulated white sugar
▢½ cup (120g) sour cream
▢¾ cup (175ml) oil
▢3 large eggs
▢½ cup (120ml) buttermilk
▢1 tablespoon (15ml) vinegar
▢2 teaspoons (30ml) vanilla extract
▢2 tablespoons (90ml) liquid red food coloring
▢1 teaspoon (6g) baking soda
▢2 teaspoons (30ml) water
Cream Cheese Frosting (double to completely frost cake)
▢8 ounces (225g) cream cheese at room temperature
▢4 ounces (113g) unsalted butter at room temperature
▢1 teaspoon (15ml) vanilla extract
▢4-6 cups (480-720g) powdered sugar
Instructions
Red Velvet Cake
In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350℉ (180℃). Grease two round 9-inch cake pans with baking spray. Line with parchment paper if desired, set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar at high speed in a stand mixer until it’s fluffy and looks white (about 4 minutes). Then add sour cream and mix for another minute. Follow with the oil, and mix for another minute.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating the mixture well between each addition.
Next, add the buttermilk, vinegar, and vanilla and thoroughly mix.
Add the red food coloring until the desired color has been reached.
Slowly add the flour and cocoa powder mixture to the batter. Mix baking soda and water and gently fold into the cake batter, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl as you mix.
Divide the batter evenly between the two pans, and tap on the countertop to release bubbles.
Bake at 350℉ (180℃) for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
Let the cakes sit in their pans for 10-15 minutes. Gently invert the cake pans on a wire rack, lifting off the pan and releasing the cakes.
Once the cakes have completely cooled, wrap them in plastic paper and place them in the refrigerator for at least an hour (preferably overnight) so it’s easier to frost.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Whisk cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until creamy with a hand or stand mixer.
Gradually sift in the powdered sugar, mixing as you go until smooth.
Assembling the Cake
Place one cake layer on a serving platter. Spread about 1½ cups of cream cheese frosting over the cake layer.
Top with the remaining cake layer. Spread the remaining frosting over the top. If you doubled the recipe, frost the sides of the cake as well. Garnish with candied cranberries if desired.
Tips & Notes:
Cake flour produces a lighter and soft crumb texture, but you can use sifted all-purpose flour.
To substitute buttermilk, add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice or white vinegar to a measuring cup and add enough regular milk to make ½ cup. Stir and let it sit for 5 minutes.
You may prep the cakes and frosting a day in advance. Store them in the fridge overnight and let the cream cheese frosting come to room temperature before frosting the cake.
To avoid overbaking, check the cake at 25 minutes.
The cakes are really moist, so they assemble easier when cold.
Someone asked me what brand of cream cheese I use. I usually use Philadelphia, but any brand of cream cheese or even Neufchatel works fine.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
Nutrition Information:
Serving: 1slice| Calories: 990kcal (50%)| Carbohydrates: 148g (49%)| Protein: 10g (20%)| Fat: 42g (65%)| Saturated Fat: 17g (106%)| Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g| Monounsaturated Fat: 16g| Trans Fat: 1g| Cholesterol: 114mg (38%)| Sodium: 306mg (13%)| Potassium: 183mg (5%)| Fiber: 3g (13%)| Sugar: 109g (121%)| Vitamin A: 882IU (18%)| Vitamin C: 0.1mg| Calcium: 65mg (7%)| Iron: 1mg (6%)

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