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Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Amazing real red velvet cake recipe. One bowl, one spatula, one amazing cake! The cake is very light and delicate and very moist. Goes great with cream cheese frosting or ermine buttercream!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword red velvet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 446kcal

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer
  • Paddle Attachment
  • Whisk Attachment

Ingredients

Red Velvet Cake Ingredients

  • 14 ounces AP flour
  • 14 ounces Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs room temp
  • 4 ounces vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces buttermilk room temp
  • 1 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter melted but not hot
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon super red food coloring I prefer americolor super red because it doesn't have a taste

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 26 ounces powdered sugar sifted

Instructions

Red Velvet Cake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F and prepare two 8" cake pans or three 6" cake pans with cake goop or preferred pan spray.
    Make sure your cold ingredients are all room temperature. See notes at the bottom of the recipe for details.
  • Lightly whisk together your room temperature eggs, oil, buttermilk, vinegar, melted butter, vanilla and food coloring and set aside. 
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt into the bowl of your stand mixer
  • Add your egg mixture into your flour mixture and mix on medium speed for about a minute until combined
  • Divide batter into cake pans and bake for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out cleanly. Pairs perfectly with our cream cheese buttercream. 

Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions

  • Place softened butter in the bowl of your stand mixer with the whisk attachment and cream on low until smooth and has no lumps. 
  • Place softened cream cheese in the bowl with butter in small chunks and cream on low until smooth and combined
  • Add in sifted powdered sugar one cup at a time until combined, mixing on low
  • Add your orange extract and salt
  • Frost your cooled cake as desired and serve at room temperature. Cream cheese frosting should be refrigerated until a few hours (2-3) before the cake is served. 

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Notes

Important Things To Note Before You Start
1. Bring all your ingredients to room temperature or even a little warm (eggs, buttermilk, butter, etc) to ensure your batter does not break or curdle. 
2. Use a scale to weigh your ingredients (including liquids) unless otherwise instructed (Tablespoons, teaspoons, pinch etc). Metric measurements are available in the recipe card. Scaled ingredients are much more accurate than using cups and help ensure the success of your recipe. 
3. Practice Mise en Place (everything in it's place). Measure out your ingredients ahead of time and have them ready before you start mixing to reduce the chances of accidentally leaving something out.
4. Chill your cakes before frosting and filling. You can cover a frosted and chilled cake in fondant if you wish. This cake is also great for stacking. I always keep my cakes chilled in the refrigerator before delivery for easy transporting. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 59mg | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg