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bright red cake

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 732kcal


  • 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


  • 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. 
  • Heat oven to 335º F/168º C.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Combine dry ingredients and whisk together. Set aside
  • Combine wet ingredients and set aside
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 732kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 665mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 1065IU | Calcium: 207mg | Iron: 2.5mg