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A slice of red velvet cake with layers of cream cheese frosting.

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Gorgeous red velvet cake layers with smooth cream cheese frosting.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake, cream cheese, red velvet
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: sherry reuter


Red Velvet Cake

  • 2 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tbs Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 ½ Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Red Food Color Gel or Liquid
  • 4 Eggs
  • Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 ⅓ Cup Buttermilk

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • ½ Cup Butter Softened
  • 6 Ounces Cream Cheese Room temperature
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 ½ Cup Powdered Sugar


Red Velvet Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350° and line 3 9" cake pans with parchment and nonstick spray.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the oil, eggs, buttermilk, vanilla extract, and vinegar.
  • With the mixer on low speed, slowly stream in the wet ingredients.
  • Stop the mixer and scrape the bowl, making sure all dry ingredients are incorporated.
  • Turn the mixer to medium high speed and mix for 4 minutes.
  • Evenly distribute the batter into 3 9" cake pans, and then bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top of the cake springs back when touched.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the room temperature butter until light and fluffy. There should be NO lumps at all.
  • Once the butter is fluffy, add the cream cheese vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  • Slowly add the powdered sugar, on low speed so as to not make a mess! Cream all the ingredients until smooth and combined.

Cake Assembly

  • When the Cake is cooled, level the tops of each layer.
  • Place one layer on a cake board or plate, and then cover with a layer of cream cheese frosting. Repeat until all layers are complete. Cover the cake with the remaining frosting.


Calories: 605kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 441mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg
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