Red Velvet Cake Recipe, an ideal dessert for Christmas

November 6, 2012
(Last Updated On: July 11, 2016)

How to bake Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake Recipe  is the hottest cake flavor out there because  if you watch food channels many chef have their own version of this cake.

Red Velvet Cake is always topped with cream cheese frosting.    What’s so special about it is its moist richness and underlying chocolaty flavor and how it blends so well with the rich cream cheese frosting.  A Southern American version of this recipe with buttermilk gives red velvet cake a very unique flavor.

This recipe is from the famous Chef Bobby Flay’s Throwdown!: More Than 100 Recipes from Food Network’s Ultimate Cooking Challenge

red velvet cake easy recipe

Red Velvet Cake Ingredients


  • 3 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar

Red Velvet Cake Cooking Instructions

For the cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour 2 (9-inch) cake pans and line each pan with a round of parchment paper.
  • Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl
  • Cream the butter, sugar and oil in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl and beat until incorporated.
  • Beat in the vanilla, vinegar and food coloring.
  • Add the flour mixture to the batter in 3 batches alternating with the buttermilk, mixing well after each addition.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  • Cool on a baking rack for 15 minutes before removing the cake from the pans.
  • Let cool completely before frosting. Slice each cake into 2 layers and frost.

For the Frosting:

  • Combine the cream, milk, vanilla bean and seeds in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  • Remove the vanilla bean and discard. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened to a paste, about 2 minutes.
  • Scrape into a bowl, cover and refrigerate until very cold, at least 2 hours.
  • Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat until the mixture is very fluffy and the sugar is totally dissolved, about 6 minutes.
  • Add the cold paste, a few tablespoons at a time to the butter mixture and whip until light and fluffy.


Here’s the Red Velvet Cake

red velvet cake recipe

Here’s the ready to serve Red Velvet Cake Recipe. Yummy!

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    Karen Chayne Sanchez

    December 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Wow! this red velvet cake looks so yummy and delicious! Its so perfect this Christmas! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Ive got to try this one for our Noche Buena dessert. 🙂

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    Juliette Mariano-Carlson

    December 20, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Hi, I’m a new follower. I have never made red velvet cake before. I think I will try your recipe. Thanks!

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    Jennifer Jordan

    December 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I love red velvet cake!! It is my favorite. I will definitely be trying this recipe!!

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    chelesa sims

    December 2, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I love the red in the cake.It looks really festive and i might add delious

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    Lisa R

    December 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    wow, what a colorful cake…you know what would really be cool if you had a green layer as well

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