Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

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I’ve really wanted to share with you before Christmas this wonderful  Red Velvet Cake. It has a soft and moist interior with a great flavor combination coming from vanilla, cocoa powder and buttermilk.

 

This cake has a wonderful red color crumb and frosted with a white cream cheese frosting which I simply adore. I’ve seen various Red Velvet Cakes made in different ways and I’ve finally decided on the perfect recipe to share with you. I didn’t want on overwhelmingly sweet cake so I reduced the amount of sugar used in cake batter and in frosting as well. This cake is very well balanced and makes an impressive dessert for winter holidays.

 

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Recipe slightly adapted after JoyofBaking

 

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Ingredients
  • Makes about 10-12 servings
  • Cake Batter
  • 2 2/3 cups (310g) cake flour
  • 2 tbsp (16g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp (5g) baking soda
  • 1 tsp (5g) salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup (300g) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (220g) vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp (5ml) white vinegar
  • 2 tsp (10g) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (240g) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1- 2 oz (30g) red food coloring gel
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 17 oz (500g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cup (300g) heavy whipping cream, chilled
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup (156g) powdered sugar
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Grease with butter and dust with flour two 9 inch (23 cm) round cake pans.
  2. In   a large bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and whisk to combine.
  3. In another bowl mix butter with sugar until combined. Incorporate eggs one at a time. Mix in oil, vinegar,vanilla extract and buttermilk. Incorporate flour mixture until well combined.
  4. Gradually add red food coloring until the desired color is reached.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Let pans cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove the cakes from the pan and let them cool completely.
  9. Prepare the frosting. In a bowl sift the powdered sugar. Beat the cream cheese with powdered sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.
  10. In another bowl whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold into the cream cheese mixture until well combined.
  11. Assemble the cake. Cut the tops of the cakes to create flat surfaces. Make crumbs out of the left pieces of cake and set aside.
  12. Place 1 cake layer on your serving plate. Spread evenly with a bit less than half of frosting. Add the second layer of cake. Gradually spread the remaining frosting on top and sides of the cake.
  13. Decorate the cake with remained cake crumbs if desired.
  14. The cake is ready to serve.
  15. The leftover frosted cake can be covered and refrigerated for up to a week. Serve at room temperature.
Red Velvet Cake-1
Nutrition facts 1 Serving - 180 g - Calories: 682, Fat:46.1g, Saturated Fat:t 20.8g, Unsaturated Fat: 0.0g, Carbohydrates: 61.8g, Sugar: 38.6g, Fiber:1.1g, Protein:8.0g, Cholesterol:111mg, Calories from Fat 415, Sodium 509mg, Potassium 146mg, Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 8%, Iron 11%, Nutrition Grade F, daily percent values are based on a 2000 calorie diet
On December 30, 2015 at 05:13 am, heba ahmed said...
hello, wish u a happy new year I was waiting for this recipe from you and i am happy that you share it before my daughter birth day. could you pls. advise any possibility to replace the cream cheese with any other cream type or frosting as my father doesn't eat cheese at all :( and he will not touch the cake if he suspected that frosting is containing cheese thanks :)
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I am so glad you like this cake and want to give it a try. Red Velvet Cake is usually made with a cream cheese frosting, and not only is delicious but is very easy to prepare. Does he hate Mascarpone cream as well? Maybe you can try whipping cream with Mascarpone if he enjoy it. If not maybe try a simple vanilla buttercream frosting,  will work as well.

On January 01, 2016 at 05:00 am, Marwa said...
Dear, Wishing you a Happy New Year. Thank you for sharing the recipe of Red Velvet Cake; I was searching for its recipe for a while and I actually I enjoy your website and food recipes. I want to ask if possible is there any possible substitute for Buttermilk for this recipe in case I could not find any. Thank you.
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Happy New Year for you and your family:) Yes, you can substitute the buttermilk with 180g yogurt + 60g milk

On January 04, 2016 at 01:44 am, Yolanda said...
Hi.. What can I substitute for 1 cup of buttermilk? I really enjoy your recipes:) they are just amazing.. Thank you soo much for sharing these amazing recipes with us! Your lava cake is the BEST of all!! This is best cooking website i hv ever been to:) thanks again :) may god bless you in every way
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you can replace with 3/4 cup yougurt+1/4 cup milk.. or add 1 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar into 1 cup of milk.. let it rest for 10 minutes and this should work well as a substitute as well. I just made lava cake for some friends too.. one of my favorite dessert as well..:) thank you Yolanda for your nice words

On January 11, 2016 at 08:28 pm, Natalie said...
Can i make red velvat cupcakes by using this same cake recipe??
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I am sure you can, you will probably need to adjust the baking time.. I would do the toothpich test after 20 minutes of baking,

On February 04, 2016 at 09:23 pm, Dhar said...
Heyy! Your recipes are wonderful and I always keep checking if you've uploaded any new videos on YouTube. I would like to know if I could substitute red food colouring gel with red food colouring powder. If so, how many grams of should I use??
On February 29, 2016 at 06:02 am, Bernie said...
Hi ella!! I really love all your recipes.. Is it okay if i use apple cider vinegar instead of roce vinegar??
On April 14, 2016 at 12:55 pm, stella said...
If I want to make bigger the cake and, also, use 10' inch round cake pans, how much butter shall I use and for how long will I let them baking?Thank you
On April 17, 2016 at 09:48 am, Rachna said...
Which oven do you have?
On April 18, 2016 at 09:18 pm, Mike said...
I absolutely LOVE Red Velvet Cake. It is one of my very favorites ???? Cream cheese frosting is delicious on red velvet cake (and carrot cake!) YUM
On May 05, 2016 at 11:20 am, Margo said...
Hello, could you please tell me if there is any possibility to replace the cake flour with something else? They don't make them in my country :( but I really want to make this cake for my mom. Your recipes are amazing btw! Thanks for sharing them. Have a great day :)
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yes.. you can use all purpose flour.. will turn great :)

On June 30, 2016 at 12:16 am, Maki said...
Thank you soo soooo much! I made this for my friend's birthday last January and she loved it! I'm planing to make it again for my boyfriend's birthday :) I'm living in Japan and it's hard to find buttermilk here... Can I use the normal yogurt? Or does it have to be greek yogurt? Thank you I love all you recipes <3
On September 21, 2016 at 11:41 pm, Adrian Leal said...
Would you kindly provide the brand of the cake pans? Thank you
On September 21, 2016 at 11:42 pm, Adrian Leal said...
Would you kindly provide the brand of the cake pans? Thank you
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This pan is Guardini. https://www.amazon.com/Guardini-Springform-Cake-Pan/dp/B0066RV84I/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8   an Italian brand.. but I have to say I don't buy only a specific brand.. if I like a pan I just buy it.. no matter the brand

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For the Red Velvet Cake I've used some pans, Italian Brand as well https://www.accademiamugnano.it/en/ 

On December 07, 2016 at 07:02 am, Maria said...
Hello, would you recommend this recipe as a wedding cake? I would like to make a two floor cake. Is the cake strong enough to Support itself? Million thanks in advance for your answer <3
On May 17, 2017 at 03:45 am, Rajiv said...
I have learnt how to make cake, with the help of this recipe. It’s taste was fantastic!!! I would like to recommend this cake to all my siblings.
On March 26, 2018 at 02:33 pm, LAKSHMI said...
Can I use gel colors in this? And plz tell me the recipe for buttermilk?
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Hi Lakshmi.

Yes, you can use gel colors, and for buttermilk you can use 3/4 yogurt and 1/3 milk.

On April 09, 2018 at 11:21 am, Summer said...
Hello, thank you for your lovely receipes. I noticed that you didn't mention baking powder at all, is baking soda enough? Thank you x
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Hi Summer.

Yes, baking soda is enough.

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