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Homemade Red Velvet Cake

Updated on August 24, 2017

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Red Velvet Cake is Delicious especially when properly prepared.
Red Velvet Cake is Delicious especially when properly prepared. | Source
Red Velvet cake can also be used to make Red Velvet Cup Cakes. The cream topping is awesome.
Red Velvet cake can also be used to make Red Velvet Cup Cakes. The cream topping is awesome. | Source
Red Velvet cheesecake is a perfect combination of cheese cake and a red velvet cake.
Red Velvet cheesecake is a perfect combination of cheese cake and a red velvet cake. | Source

Recipe for Red Velvet Cake

When I want to make a cake from scratch, this is the recipe that I reach for. This a must try cake for anyone who enjoys the art of making a cake from scratch. This is truly a labor of love but, it is worth the trouble when it's done.

I don't want anyone to think that this is a hard cake to make because it really is not but, there is a certain order that the steps must be done in for this cake to turn out it's best. I guess the best way to describe it is that it can be tedious or detailed but, not hard. Making this sweet tasting food is actually easy and fun to boot.

For the very best results, you will want to do the steps in order as directed by the recipe instructions. I have once again learned the hard way by getting a couple of steps out of order and the cake wasn't as moist as it could have been. It was still good but, if you are going to go to the trouble of making the cake, it is best to follow the instructions.

Talk about a favorite!!! This is a truly amazing bright red cake with delicious cream cheese icing and it is sure to please. This very festive at Christmas and it looks like you went to a lot of trouble over this cake. Everyone is always impressed and several of your guests will probably ask for the recipe.

I always think of the holidays when I think of red velvet cake because it's not a cake that you can just whip up in a few minutes so, I think of the holidays as a time for special recipes and this is one is a special one of them to me. Plus, the cake is a bright red color that is beautiful served on a nice glass cake plate at Christmas time. This cake is almost too pretty to eat. Once it is cut into and served, this cake will not last long. I hope that you enjoy the cake.

It also travels well so, you can put it on a travel cake plate and just take it wherever you need to bring a dessert. So, I would take this cake to a family dinner at Christmas or dinner with the church family. If you are having a function at work where everyone is going to bring a dish, you could definitely take it to work as well. Red velvet cake is always a big hit, no matter where you choose to serve this cake.

If you have someone in your family that would love a red velvet cake and is not fond of having nuts on the cake, then you can leave those off. It is entirely up to you. I have seen this cake with nuts just on the top or you could put nuts in the cake or on the outside of the cake.

This is great cake for someone's birthday as well. Someone that you know, may just love red velvet cake. The time for serving this cake does not just have to be limited to Christmas. It just seems to be more related to Christmas because it has such a bright red color and then the snowy white cream cheese icing is very festive and can be dressed up on a cake plate to resemble a Christmas masterpiece.

It is also very fun to receive this cake as a birthday surprise! My mom is a great cook and she would make this cake if we chose for our birthday cake. You can also make cup cakes out of this

This cake is even better I believe, when you do have the pleasure of eating this cake. The flavor of a red velvet cake is unbelievable. To me, it seems like you could easily do each individual cup cakes. These are just as good in cup cake form as and they are just a different way to prepare the red velvet cake either way. Either way a cake or cup cake using a couple of ingredients that you wouldn't think about being in this cake are cocoa and baking soda. The baking soda combined with the vinegar makes that tart taste in this cake and the cocoa gives it a flavor that you just won't believe. The cocoa gives the cake a rich flavor. This is a great cake to drink with a large glass of milk.


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 bottle red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped, optional

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Cook Time

  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
  • Yields: Makes three 9" pans or in a 9 X 13" pan

Making The Cake

Sift cake mix and cocoa together. Blend in one stick of butter, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring and vanilla. Combine soda and vinegar and add to the batter. Beat for four minutes with an electric mixer. Pour the batter into three greased nine inch cake pans and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool and frost the cake.

For the frosting; Blend one stick of butter (softened), and the cream cheese (softened), Gradually add the box of powdered sugar (sifted), mixing until smooth.

Stir in one cup of the chopped pecans, if desired. Spread the icing between the layers of the cake and top it with the nuts, if desired.

This cake can also be baked in a greased and floured 9 x 13" pan, for a sheet cake instead of a layered cake. If you are taking this cake to a work or family function, you may just want to cook it in this kind of pan versus making the cake in layers. Whatever fits your situation. Sometimes you might want to be really fancy and make the layered cake.

If you would like (and I would), make some extra icing and really smother the cake with the icing. It is a fantastic flavor combination.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I've heard about red velvet cake many times, but I don't think I've ever eaten it. I like your recipe better than the one demonstrated because you start with a cake mix. I like quick and easy.

      I can cook and bake from scratch and sometimes do, but usually time is limited for me, and I think that's probably true for so many people nowadays. Being able to make a fabulous desert quick and easy is just what is needed.

      Voted up!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      This looks so good. I love red velvet but I have not made it. Will keep track of your recipe. Voted up.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I love red velvet cake. It is very interesting, how different each bakery or individual makes it. Some are really bright red, some are brownish red, etc. The only thing I have found that is consistent is the cream cheese frosting. Regardless, I pretty much enjoy every version! Your pictures and demonstrations are great.