How to Make Red Velvet Cake
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Perfect Red Velvet Cake – remember these from childhood?

You can make the most perfect red velvet cake ever with this recipe. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cake Recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 560kcal
Author Stephanie Manley


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 bottles red food color
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 cups shifted cake flour

Red Velvet Cake Frosting

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 ounces butter softened
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Cream together margarine and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well each time. Mix cocoa and food color until cocoa is dissolved in food color. Then mix with above. Add flavoring and mix. 5. Mix soda and buttermilk. 6. Add flour and milk alternately, beginning and ending with flour. (I mix using 1/3 of flour or milk each time. Mix well but do not overbeat, as cake will be tough. When adding flour, use low speed.) 
  • Pour into two greased and floured 9-inch pans and bake in the preheated 350-degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Cool and frost. 
  • (For three layer cake, use three 8" pans and cook for 20minutes.) In a medium bowl, cream together the cold cream cheeses and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.


Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 21.1% | Calcium: 7.4% | Iron: 3.5%
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