Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

With Valentines Day coming up, I thought I would share with you all, my first attempt at Red Velvet Cake.  I had made it from a box mix in the past, but this was the first time I had ever tried to bake this cake from scratch.  Read on for the recipe!

I made a huge mess!
nom nom filling 😉
Cream Cheese frosting
  • Red Velvet Cake:
  • 1 stick of butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups flour sifted. 
  •         I prefer to use a cake flower for this recipe 
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, 
  •        set these out so they are not “cold” when you begin
  • 2 oz red food coloring. 
  •         I found this at a cake supply store since my local grocery did not carry it
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1 cup buttermilk
Frosting: I use store bought cream cheese frosting, I had always get 2, because hubs tries to steel a spoon full or two while I am baking.  

1/3 cup frosting
1/3 cup raspberry puree.  
     I used frozen raspberries thawed, and pureed

     Preheat the oven to 350.  Grease and flour your cake pans liberally.  Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together.  Cream together, butter, shortening, oil and sugar until smooth.  Add eggs one at a time to the sugar oil mix.  Next add in Food coloring, vanilla and vinegar into the sugar oil mix.  Add 1/3 flour mixture, then 1/3 butter milk, alternating back and forth until both are fully incorporated into the sugar oil mix.  Divide between 2 round pans.  
     Bake for 30-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  Once the cakes are cooled, spread the filling between the cakes.  Then frost.  
     I have made this recipe several times since these photos were taken, in the form of a sheet cake, cupcakes, and cookies/whoopie pies (I added more flour).  I am making hubs whoopie pies for Valentines Day this year.  Shhh don’t tell him.  


  1. The cake looks good. Being from the south we always have a red velvet cake for a celebration that my granny makes from scratch. I love your blog.

  2. That looks really good! I may have to convert it :)

  3. Love red velvet cake but never knew how to make it. Thanks. Yummy!

  4. Sounds delicious! I'll have to try your recipe.

  5. Yum! Looks good!

  6. YUM! This looks delicious!

  7. That is beautiful cake. Yummy!