Monday, February 22, 2010

Red Velvet Cake

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After yesterday’s post, I thought it was only appropriate to follow up with the real thing. No purse this time. This is all cake.

Velvety and yes … red.

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And delicious. And moist. And one of my favorites.

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It’s covered in cream cheese frosting that’s to die for. Help me.

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There’s something about a red velvet cake that always makes me feel good inside. And it’s not just the taste. It’s the memories it brings of family and holidays and home. But it doesn’t have to be saved for special occasions. I think it should be loved all year long.

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Red Velvet Cake

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 oz. red food coloring

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour two 8 inch cake pans.
  • Lightly stir eggs in a medium bowl with a wire whisk. Add remaining liquid ingredients and stir together with whisk until blended. Set aside.
  • Place all the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl and stir together really good with another wire whisk.
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium-high for about a minute or until completely combined.
  • Pour into cake pans and then drop the pans on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • After about ten minutes, remove from pans and cool completely on a wire rack. I also cover in plastic wrap while the cakes cool.
  • Then make the frosting.

Note: This cake has a pretty good amount of oil and is really moist. I haven’t tried this one with cake balls yet. But, if I did, I would either use less oil or less frosting to mix together. Next time I make it, I’ll do a little experimenting.

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Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups confectioners’ sugar

  • Sift sugar and set aside.
  • Beat cream cheese and butter on high until creamy. Add vanilla.
  • Then, add the sugar in batches. Scrape down the sides in between each addition.
  • And frost away.

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Please enjoy your heart out.

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Lindsay Pietroluongo said...

That frosting looks delicious. I’m looking for a great red velvet cake recipe – I’m going to give yours a try!

June 5, 2014 11:27 AM
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Jo said...

This has been my go-to red velvet recipe for the past year and although it’s good even in cupcake form, I find the frosting a bit too sweet for my taste. Will doubling the amount of cream cheese or substituting about half of the butter for cream cheese affect the texture of the frosting? I just want a little more tang from the cream cheese and still firm enough to pipe into the red velvet cupcakes :) Thank you very much!!

June 10, 2014 05:06 AM
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Brina Bragg said...

I make this cake all the time. Love it!

June 23, 2014 11:50 AM
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ts tidbits said...

This cake was absolutely amazing!! So moist! I didn’t have enough patience to wait for it to completely cool, but it turned out great nonetheless. I even reviewed it and added it to my blog (and cited you) http://tstidbits.blogspot.ca/

July 27, 2014 11:39 PM
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ana said...

I will make this recipe, but I will use 300 grams of cream cheese and 100 grams of butter. I hope it stays good.

July 31, 2014 02:13 PM
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Julie said...

Please – how does this cake rise using just plain flour and not self raising

August 25, 2014 02:27 AM
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nina said...

is it possible to transport a red velvet cake 1 1/2 hours? should a freeze it?

October 7, 2014 11:35 AM
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nina said...

is it possible to transport a red velvet cake 1 1/2 hours? should I freeze it?

October 7, 2014 11:35 AM
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Anonymous said...

I love cream cheese frosting. But I never succeed in making it firm…. :( Is there any secret I should know?

October 14, 2014 12:42 PM
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paul gover said...

Will use recipes for desert for our plays coming up in 2 weeks I just have to adjust to feed 100 people at a time.

October 21, 2014 09:02 PM
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S Roberts said...

Anyone tried Cupcakes??? If so how many does it make?
I want to make Cupcakes out of this recipe for my daughters Birthday.
Thanks

October 23, 2014 04:05 PM
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KT Muz said...

I made this today for my mom’s birthday and she loved it! Even my brother who doesn’t especially like cakes loved it! Also, my brother’s girlfriend wants me to make their wedding cake now and ate a nice big piece even though she is watching what she eats really carefully! Just wanted to pass on the great compliments that are very rightfully yours :) This is a magical cake!

November 6, 2014 12:43 AM
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Samantha said...

in response to 706 try adding 1 tablespoon of milk…. I made red velvet cupcakes and added milk… just the right amount of firm!

November 24, 2014 07:08 PM
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Jennifer said...

Cake is currently in my oven baking. I know they say it’s bad to eat the batter but oh well. Taste great. I’m patiently waiting.

November 25, 2014 07:51 PM
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pauline said...

this cake looks so good, i’m going to try and do a sugar free cake since i have diabetes

December 1, 2014 12:29 AM
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charlene said...

Do you have to make any adjustments to the recipe to make cup cakes? I’m not a baker so that’s why I’m asking. And is the icing good for piping?

December 20, 2014 06:45 PM
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