Real Red Velvet Cake Recipe

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This recipe is updated from a previous recipe that I used and is a million times better! That’s the thing with baking, you are always learning and improving. I wanted a red velvet cake recipe that was super classic and wasn’t just vanilla cake with food color added (yuck). I tested this recipe out on a client who’s favorite cake flavor was red velvet and she said it was the best she’s ever had so I think that is a win.

real red velvet cake recipe

What makes this red velvet different than the rest? High quality cocoa powder, very little food color, moist fluffy texture and a combo of buttermilk and vinegar gives this cake the REAL red velvet cake flavor.

Anyone who says that red velvet cake is just vanilla cake with cocoa powder and food coloring added is a liar haha.

Real red velvet cake recipe
5 from 11 votes

Real Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Amazing real red velvet cake. One bowl, one spatula, one amazing cake! This recipe makes two 8" round cakes that are 2" tall. The cake is very light and delicate and very moist. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword red velvet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 891 kcal



  • 12 oz AP flour
  • 14 oz Granulated Sugar I prefer super fine
  • 1 Tbsp natural (not dutched) cocoa powder I like Hershey's special dark
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs room temp
  • 6 oz vegetable oil
  • 8 oz buttermilk room temp
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 4 oz melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 oz super red food coloring I prefer americolor super red because it doesn't have a taste



  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare two 8" cake pans with cake good or preferred pan spray

  2. Whisk up eggs with oil, buttermilk, vinegar and melted butter and food coloring until combined and set aside. 

  3. Place dry ingredients into the bowl of your stand mixer and mix for a few seconds to combine

  4. Add wet ingredients into your dry and mix on medium high for about a minute until combined

  5. Pour into cake pans and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out cleanly. Pairs perfectly with our cream cheese buttercream. 

Nutrition Facts
Real Red Velvet Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 891 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47g 72%
Saturated Fat 34g 170%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 794mg 33%
Potassium 145mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 111g 37%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 68g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 12.3%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 16.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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