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The best Red Velvet Cake has a unique flavor and tender, moist crumb that pairs wonderfully with a tangy, sweet cream cheese frosting.  This is a classic cake recipe for a 2-layer red velvet cake that is quite possibly the best red velvet cake recipe in the world.
Red Velvet Cake
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

The best Red Velvet Cake has a unique flavor and tender, moist crumb that pairs wonderfully with a tangy, sweet cream cheese frosting.  This is a classic cake recipe for a 2-layer red velvet cake that is quite possibly the best red velvet cake recipe in the world.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese frosting, red velvet cake
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 593 kcal
Author: Amy Nash, House of Nash Eats
Ingredients
Cake
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2-3 tablespoons liquid red food coloring
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
Frosting
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons cream or milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line two 9-inch or 8-inch cake pans with circles of parchment paper in the bottoms and spray the sides.  Set aside.

  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt together in a large bowl.  Set aside.

  3. Beat the butter and sugar together on high speed for 3-4 minutes in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until light and creamy.  Add the oil and mix again, scraping the sides of the bowl.  

  4. Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla, beating on medium-high speed between each addition until combined.  Add vinegar and food coloring, adding as much food coloring as needed to get the desired color.  If using gel food coloring, it will take less - about 1 tablespoon.  

  5. Turn mixer to low speed and add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk in 2-3 additions, mixing just until combined between each addition and scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl as needed.  

  6. Transfer batter to the prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes (for 9-inch pans) or 38-43 minutes (for 8-inch pans) until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean with just a few crumbs.  Do not overbake.  Remove from oven and cool completely.

For the frosting
  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter together in a large bowl using a handheld mixer until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.  Add the powdered sugar and cream or milk and mix on low speed until incorporated, then increase speed and beat for 2 minutes.  Add vanilla and salt and beat again.

Assembly
  1. Level the cakes (if needed) so the tops are flat.  Save scraps to crumble and use for decorating.  Frost with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle the top of the cake with the reserved crumbs.  Slice and serve.

  2. Cover and store at room temperature for 3-4 days or in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Nutrition Facts
Red Velvet Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 593 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 363mg 15%
Potassium 86mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 97g 32%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 73g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 12%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.