Green Velvet Cake

Moist green velvet cake with rainbow buttercream frosting

Green velvet cake is the recipe that I seem to use more and more. I first created it for my St. Patrick’s Day cake tutorial but have since used it for Dr. Seuss cakes, sports-themed cakes, and even birthday cakes. You never know when you’re going to need a good green velvet cake! You can easily switch out the green for other dark colors like blue or purple too if that’s the color that you need.

This cake was adapted from my real red velvet cake and has a wonderful tangy buttermilk cake flavor that is light, fluffy, moist and really delicious. 

How to make a green velvet cake with rainbow buttercream filling. It actually tastes really good! This recipe is adapted from a real red velvet cake and has a delicious flavor

What does green velvet cake taste like?

Green velvet cake is actually just red velvet cake but with green food coloring instead of red. The taste is sweet with a hint of tanginess from the buttermilk. There is cocoa powder in this recipe but the cake definitely doesn’t taste like chocolate. 

The cake is super moist, has a very tender crumb and is actually really delicious! 

How to make green velvet cake

This green velvet cake is so easy to make, my daughter made it for the recipe tutorial. Simple combine all your wet ingredients (including eggs) in a bowl and whisk together. Then combine all your dry ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and let mix for one minute to develop the texture. 

Pour your batter into two 8″ round pans or three 6″ round pans. Let them cool before frosting. I love my easy buttercream to use as a filling but cream cheese frosting works great as well. 

green velvet cake that has a wonderful buttermilk flavor. Soft, tender and delicious cake!

If you’re looking for more ways to decorate your green velvet cake, check out my rainbow drip pot of gold cake for Saint Patrick’s Day. 

I love how the rainbow buttercream looks inside the green velvet cake. Very festive!

How to make rainbow buttercream for green velvet cake

To make my rainbow frosting, I simply colored about 1/2 cup of buttercream with regular food coloring gel. I used red, orange, yellow, lime green, light blue, and violet/pink. Place your colors in a small piping bag and trim off the tip.

Pipe concentric circles onto your cake layers starting with blue and working your way in order to purple. You can start over with red again if you need more buttercream. 

rainbow buttercream cake

The best thing about this green velvet cake is that it actually tastes really really good. It has a nice tangy buttermilk flavor and you can’t taste the food coloring at all. A great way to make your cake fun on the inside and the outside. 


Green Velvet Cake Recipe

How to make a green velvet cake with rainbow buttercream filling. It actually tastes really good! This recipe is adapted from a real red velvet cake and has a delicious flavor
This green velvet cake is so fun to make for St Patricks Day or any other holiday where you need a pretty green cake that also tastes amazing! Adapted from my very popular red velvet cake recipe. 
Servings: 14 servings


Cake Ingredients

  • 12 oz AP flour
  • 14 oz Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp natural (not dutched) cocoa powder I like Hershey's Special Dark
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 oz vegetable oil
  • 8 oz buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 4 oz unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tsp yellow food coloring
  • 1 tsp green food color

Easy Buttercream Frosting

  • 4 oz pasteurized egg whites
  • 16 oz unsalted butter
  • 16 oz powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp food coloring optional


Cake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F and prepare two 8" cake pans with cake good or preferred pan spray
  • Whisk up eggs with oil, buttermilk, vinegar and melted butter and food coloring until combined and set aside.
  • Place dry ingredients into the bowl of your stand mixer and mix for a few seconds to combine
  • Add wet ingredients into your dry and mix on medium high for about a minute until combined
  • Pour into cake pans and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out cleanly. Cool and chill before frosting

Buttercream Instructions

  • Place egg whites and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl with the whisk attachment. Whisk to combine. Add in butter in small chunks then vanilla and salt. Whip on high until light and fluffy and white. Optional: switch to the paddle attachment and mix on low for 15-20 minutes until all air bubbles are gone. 
  • Divide into 7 separate bowls and add your food coloring (yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green) Put the buttercream into a piping bag to fill your cake
  • Frost the outside of the cake as desired


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 1077kcal | Carbohydrates: 112g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 68g | Saturated Fat: 44g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 74mg | Sugar: 92g | Vitamin A: 2035IU | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.6mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: st patricks day cake
Calories: 1077kcal



24 comments on “Green Velvet Cake

    1. So sorry, all my recipes are by weight for accuracy. You can use an online calculator to convert oz to grams easily if you prefer grams.

  1. Thank you Avalon for the “mmmmms and yuks”😂🤣🤣 and for the detailed video too..I enjoy watching you and your mummy work together.

    Thank you Liz,can’t wait tot try it.

  2. 5 stars
    What’s the glaze on top made out of? Looks fruity and delicious 😄

  3. Oh my gosh Liz!! What have you done with her?? She’s a mini you now😂 so cute!!

  4. 5 stars
    My 4 year old son just asked if he can do that now! He also said Avalon is cute and she did a great job 😍😍😍

  5. Hello – Can I use this cake with the champagne cake tutorial? I wanted to make sure it would be sturdy enough to stack up and cover with ganache.

  6. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday for my coworkers and they could not stop raving about how great the cake was. How can I post a picture?! Lol the recipe was bulletproof and your little girl is so cute! Thank you for posting this recipe. It was my first time making a real professional cake 😍

  7. 5 stars
    Hi! I made this recipe and LOVED IT! Can I use any color I want? let´s say…. peach or light blue?

    1. You can’t do light colors for this cake because it has cocoa powder in it. I suggest using the white velvet cake recipe and then adding colors to that 🙂

  8. Ive been so confused with dutch processed vs natural when it comes to Hershey’s brand. I use Hersheys, but the special dark version says its Dutched and when I check online, most dutch processed are darker in color. In this recipe it says Natural but then Hershey’s special dark. I want to try it but I’ve had some failed attempts with other recipes and he wrong chocolate. Can you help clarify for me?

  9. What’s the difference on n AP flour and cake flour? I’m making a cake with multiple colors. The recipe I’m using for my lighter colors calls for cake flour. I want to use yours for my darker colors. I just don’t want there to be an obvious texture difference in the colors, etc. Would you recommend that I substitute cake flour in place of the AP flour? If so, would the measurements be the same? Or am I fine to leave the two different types of flours in my cake? Thanks for your time!

  10. Does it take all that frosting to fill the cake, or should some be left white to frost the top and sides?

  11. 5 stars
    I just discovered your YouTube channel two weeks ago and I’m obsessed – I’ve learned so much. I made this cake this week and LOVED it. I’m so hooked (and not afraid anymore) of measuring vs. measuring. I’m anxious to try a reverse cream recipe. I’m curious why that method and oven temp aren’t used in this recipe!

    1. This cake uses all purpose flour so you can’t use the reverse creaming method 🙂 All purpose flour has more gluten in it than cake flour.

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