Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

This makes the perfect red velvet cake! A double recipe of Kittencal's Best Cream Cheese Frosting (Extra Creamy Option) works great with this cake --- not sure why some members had so much trouble with this cake, for myself it turned out light, moist and wonderful!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix (without pudding added)
  • 2 tablespoons sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 3 eggs (or use the amount stated on cake mix)
  • 1 ounce red food coloring
  • 12 cup vegetable oil
  • cream cheese frosting


  1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans.
  3. Place the dry cake mix in a large bowl and add in the amount of water suggested on the box, then add in cocoa powder, vinegar, eggs, food colouring and oil; mix all ingredients thoroughly using an electric mixer until well blended.
  4. Divide into prepared cake pans.
  5. Bake for for about 25-30 minutes or until cake tests done.
  6. Cool slightly then invert onto plates, frost as desired.
Most Helpful

I had the same issue as vlynn. I followed the recipe to the tee and got a VERY dense and FLAT cake. It was very hard, too. The directions need to be more specific. The only thing I can think of that I did wrong was that the I should prepared the yellow cake mix the way I normally do and in addition, add the other eggs and vegetable oil mentioned in the recipe. This needs more clarification BIG time.

GodFeedsUs December 03, 2007

I used butter (as my cake box called for, bumping it to half a cup) instead of oil. I almost forgot the wasn't until after I poored a VERY dense cake batter into the pan that I realized the eggs were still sitting by waiting to be added. Super light, fluffy and will pass for red velvet - it does't have quite the extra bite of a traditional, but the prep and clean up was WAY easier on a weekday time budget.

boulderfood October 10, 2011

Whipped a batch of these up yesterday for Valentine's Day cupcakes. They were moist & delicious! Topped with buttercream instead of cream cheese frosting. I will be using this recipe again & again! Thank you for sharing!

LuvMyWeim February 15, 2011