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Make a Red Velvet Cake for a Valentine

Updated on January 25, 2015

Red Velvet Cake tastes as good as it looks

Red Velvet Cake is a hit in my house. Whenever I make it I'm hailed as a supercook and guests never fail to ask if I really made it myself.

This cake is perfect for special occasions, like St valentine's Day, but easy enough to cook any time at all.

It's the look of it that's the first attraction. The impossible redness that makes this cake appear store-bought.

As for the mascarpone topping, that really is the icing on the cake

Slice of Red Velvet Cake with Mascarpone Icing
Slice of Red Velvet Cake with Mascarpone Icing
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

  • 2 1/2 cups sifted self raising flour
  • !/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons liquid red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

Make a Red Velvet Cake - Video

Another Red Velvet Cake demonstration


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven.
  2. Butter two - 9 inch (23 cm) round cake pans and line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl sift together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  4. In bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  5. In a measuring cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food coloring. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.
  6. In a small cup combine the vinegar and baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake batter.
  7. Working quickly, divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans and smooth the tops with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25 - 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  8. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes
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Cream Cheese Icing

8 oz. cold cream cheese
5 Tbsp. softened butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. icing sugar or sifted powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese with butter and vanilla until combined.

Gradually add 1/2 cup of sugar at a time.

Continue to add more of the sugar until you reach the desired consistency.

Extra Special Mascarpone Icing

2 egg yolks
1 and 1/4 cups (250g) caster sugar or finely powdered sugar
300g mascarpone cheese
2 cups (500ml) thickened cream

Add mascarpone to whipped yolks. Beat until combined.

Add sugar and beat.

In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into yolk mixture.

Special Cake for a Special Occasion

The red velvet cake is perfect for an occasion such as St Valentine's day or when you want to show some extra special love in a cake.

Sprinkle some chopped walnuts, toasted almonds or dried fruits.

Christmas is a good time too, particularly if you decorate the red of the cake with a couple of holly and berry toppers, or some little Christmas figures. You could use marzipan for the icing, or stick with the cream cheese

Have you tried mascarpone for icing? Super creamy, super luscious.

© 2010 Susanna Duffy

Do you love red velvet cake? - Please leave your comments here

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Enjoyed returning to this page and remembering my mom's Red Velvet Cakes shaped like a heart. She always put a little food coloring in the icing to make it pink.

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      nickirc lm 6 years ago

      I am trying the red velvet cake recipe as we speak...but you did not put how much baking soda to use in the recipe...I winged it but you may want to add that:)

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      nickirc lm 6 years ago

      Yes...i love Red velvet cake! Who doesn't!!

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      Beadsnresin 6 years ago

      This looks nice and tasty, thanks.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Looks fantastic . . I haven't had red velvet cake in over 10 years (if that's what it was). Thank you for sharing. Perfect for Valentine's Day.

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      christinsword 6 years ago

      i dont know yet...but it is a must-have! will be trying my hand at the red velvet cake well before valentines day

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      ideadesigns 7 years ago

      Yes I like it. Your pictures look great. :)

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Love red velvet cake.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      ~ Cupid Kisses by a Squidoo Angel ~

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      Joy Neasley 7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Wow...I'm drooling...that looks yummy!

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      I love Red Velvet cake! My mom makes the best!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      When I was a child, my mom would always bake a Red Velvet Valentine shaped cake for our teachers. These pictures reminded me of that. Sounds and looks great. Thanks.

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      There's just something special about a red velvet cake. Your recipe sounds good.

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      Wendy Henderson 7 years ago from PA

      Yummy lens. My Dad used to make red velvet cake when I was a kid. I haven't had it is years.

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      Lynne Schroeder 7 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      It really does look fabulous, doesn't it. Now I am slowly backing away from this page...

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      hayleylou lm 7 years ago

      I just have to try this. **Blessed** and featured on My Time as a Squid Angel :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes! My mom used to make it-oh! so good! Nice lens-thanks for the recipe!

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      AslanBooks 7 years ago

      I love this cake!