Bright Red Cake (for Carving)

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Bright red cake recipe that can be modified for any color!

This bright red cake recipe is based on my yellow cake recipe with some added food color. You can replace the color with whatever color you would like and get the same results. If you want to make a blue cake though I would replace the egg yolks with egg whites so it doesn’t turn out green. This recipe is great for making gender reveal cakes

Bright red cake recipe for lumberjack cake tutorial

I use this bright red cake recipe for my lumberjack tutorial. It’s the perfect shade of red. I didn’t use my red velvet cake recipe because the cocoa powder dulls down the bright color.

This recipe is perfect for making a rainbow cake if you like to bake from scratch like me. Paired with my easy buttercream, it’s a match made in cake heaven!


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Bright red cake recipe (for sculpted cakes)

This is a great basic yellow cake recipe (vanilla cake using whole eggs instead of just the whites) and has a great texture for carving. I add in yellow, orange and red food coloring to get a nice bright red cake. This recipe is enough to make two 10" rounds

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake recipe, carving, red cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 cups
Calories 732 kcal
Author Elizabeth Marek


  • 12 oz unsalted butter room temperature
  • 19 oz granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs room temperature
  • 19 oz AP flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 oz whole milk room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 oz vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp egg yellow food coloring
  • 1 Tbsp Super red food coloring


  1. NOTE: It is SUPER IMPORTANT that all the room temperature ingredients listed above are room temperature and not cold so that the ingredients mix and incorporate correctly. 

  2. Heat oven to 335º F/168º C.

  3. Add butter to stand mixer and beat at medium-high speed until smooth and shiny, about 30 seconds. Gradually sprinkle in the sugar, beat until mixture is fluffy and almost white, about 3-5 minutes. 

  4. Add eggs one at a time, fully combining each egg before adding the next. Add in your yellow and red food color and combine until color is evenly mixed through. 

  5. Combine dry ingredients and whisk together. Set aside

  6. Combine wet ingredients and set aside

  7. With the mixer at the lowest speed, add about a third of the dry ingredients to the batter, followed immediately by about a third of the milk mixture, mix until ingredients are almost incorporated into the batter. Repeat the process 2 more times. When the batter appears blended, stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

  8. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Smooth the tops with a rubber spatula. Bake cakes until they feel firm in the center and a toothpick comes out clean or with just a few crumbs on it, about 35-40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Bright red cake recipe (for sculpted cakes)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 732 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 24g120%
Cholesterol 188mg63%
Sodium 665mg28%
Potassium 378mg11%
Carbohydrates 84g28%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 58g64%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1065IU21%
Calcium 207mg21%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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