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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
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Serves: 10 cups
Calories: 732kcal


  • 12 oz (340 g) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 19 oz (539 g) granulated sugar
  • 6 large (6 large) eggs room temperature
  • 19 oz (539 g) AP flour
  • 4 tsp (4 tsp) baking powder
  • 1 tsp (1 tsp) salt
  • 12 oz (340 g) whole milk room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp (1 Tbsp) vanilla extract
  • 2 oz (57 g) vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp (2 tsp) egg yellow food coloring
  • 1 Tbsp (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 (37%) | Carbohydrates: 84g (28%) | Protein: 9g (18%) | Fat: 40g (62%) | Saturated Fat: 24g (120%) | Cholesterol: 188mg (63%) | Sodium: 665mg (28%) | Potassium: 378mg (11%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 58g (64%) | Vitamin A: 1065IU (21%) | Calcium: 207mg (21%) | Iron: 2.5mg (14%)