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Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Looking for an easy Red Velvet Cake recipe? Learn how to make Red Velvet Cake using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by alwaysinconstant

Makes 12 servings



I thought this really was a great cake. For one thing, it?s absolutely beautiful. But it?s also got a great flavor, although the flavor is really kind of hard to describe. Just trust me, it?s good. It was also very moist, which is my favorite kind of cake! And although the original recipe says you can frost it with either buttercream or cream cheese frosting, I really do recommend the cream cheese!

Recipe Ingredients for Red Velvet Cake

2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
2 oz. red food coloring
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 pinch of salt

Recipe Directions for Red Velvet Cake

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans or three 8-inch round cake pans.

  2. 2. Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside. In a small bowl, mix food coloring and cocoa powder to form a thin paste without lumps; set aside.

  3. 3. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla and the red cocoa paste, scraping down the bowl with a spatula as you go. Add one third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beat well, then beat in half of the buttermilk. Beat in another third of flour mixture, then second half of buttermilk. End with the last third of the flour mixture, beat until well combined, making sure to scrape down the bowl with a spatula.

  4. 4. Make sure you have cake pans buttered, floured, and nearby. In a small bowl, mix vinegar and baking soda. Yes, it will fizz! Add it to the cake batter and stir well to combine. Working quickly, divide batter evenly between the cake pans and place them in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Check early, cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  5. 5. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. To remove the cakes from the pan, place a wire rack on top of the cake pan and invert, then gently lift the pan. Allow cakes to cool completely before frosting. Frost with buttercream or cream cheese icing (recipe below).

  6. Recipe Notes: *Sift cake flour once before measuring, then sift again with the other dry ingredients per recipe instructions. Wear an apron and be careful with the red food coloring?no matter how hard I try, I always end up staining something! As you?re mixing the cake batter, use a spatula to scrape down the bowl frequently throughout the entire process.

  7. Cream Cheese Frosting

  8. With an electric mixer, blend together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Turn mixer to low speed and blend in powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Turn mixer on high and beat until light and fluffy. Use immediately or refrigerate, covered, until ready to use. If refrigerated, the frosting will need to be brought to room temperature before using (after frosting softens up, beat with mixer until smooth).

  9. Recipe Notes: If you prefer a sweeter and/or stiffer frosting, more powdered sugar can be added (up to four cups). But remember, the more sugar you add, the less you?ll be able to taste the tangy cream cheese!

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Dessert

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 168.6g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
579
Calories from Fat
268
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
29.8g
46%
Saturated Fat
18.5g
93%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
114mg
38%
Sodium
566mg
24%
Potassium
185mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates
72.6g
24%
Dietary Fiber
1.0g
4%
Sugars
50.8g
Protein
7.5g
Vitamin A 20% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 9% Iron 11%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
F
    Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
  • Very high in sugar
  • Contains alcohol
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