Cake, Desserts

Red Velvet Cake

January 15, 2014

This is one of the most requested cake flavors that I get when asking about Valentines desserts. Red Velvet Cake is almost like a knock off of a classic chocolate cake… I always feel like it’s missing something. But I really have to give it up to the fact that there is a romantic feel to this flavor. Most likely it’s from the deep rose color. Or maybe the silky texture of the white cream cheese frosting that creates a bright contrast to the deep rich red. I can’t be the only person out there that isn’t head over heals in love it, right??

red velvet cake

Red Velvet Cake


  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of three 8 inch cake pans with parchment and grease the sides.
  2. In the bowl of your electric mixer whisk together your flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa, and salt. Grab a large measuring cup and combine the oil, eggs, buttermilk, food color, extract, and vinegar. Slowly mix into the dry ingredients.
  3. Divide your batter evenly between your prepared pans. Bake 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Frost with your favorite frosting.

red velvet cake slice

Regardless of how I feel, it is pretty. And fun to photograph. The cake itself is super moist. I’ve actually never had an issue with this recipe. Ever. Which means that it is perfect for you to make for the ones you love this February.

red velvet cake recipe

I always think of Florian (the French judge from Cupcake Wars) when I pull one of these out of the oven. Have you seen cupcake wars? He has a serious issue with red velvet and isn’t afraid to rip into contestants that think they can use their recipe to win him over. Occasionally though, someone will impress, and I like to feel like that would be me. With this recipe. Enjoy and create this cake for someone you love this year.

**Love the way this cake is decorated? You can learn more with the Online Atly class Buttercream basics taught by the wonderful Ashlee at I’m Topsy Turvy. Just click HERE.**

Comments (13)

  • Yvonne @ TriedandTasty Reply

    January 15, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Love the pictures. Like LOVE them!!!

  • Jonie Reply

    January 15, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I love everything about this! It looks so yummy and delicious! If I wasn’t on this diet, I would totally be driving over to eat some right now. :) Pinned

  • Debra Reply

    January 15, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I have to admit, I am not sure why people love Red Velvet Cake, but it is SO gorgeous. OK, just talked myself into it. Now I need cake. :)

  • marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings Reply

    January 15, 2014 at 10:29 am

    It’s so true some times people just want a prettier chocolate cake, now me I just want the chocolate piled on 😉

  • Leanne Reply

    January 15, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I have to be honest I don’t see the hype in Red velvet cake, but these pictures are amazing. And I bet yours is the best Red Velvet ever.

  • Ashlee Reply

    January 16, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Thanks for the shout out! I don’t “get” red velvet as a flavor but it is gorgeous!

  • dina Reply

    January 16, 2014 at 7:31 am

    this is one of my favorite cakes!

  • Holly C. Reply

    January 16, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    This would be perfect for my Valentine’s Day dessert. I’ll see if my husband will make it. :)

  • Sumo Reply

    January 17, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I’m also not in on the red velvet craze, but after seeing these pictures, I just want to be. It’s so pretty! I’d eat it. :)

  • Jeri Reply

    January 20, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I also don’t get what’s so wonderful about red velvet but it’s my daughter’s FAVORITE and she wants me to make one for her 18th birthday Saturday. What icing recipe did you use? That’s my favorite part of a cake and this looks delicious!

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