Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 35 mins

Don't be afraid of the deep red color-there is more than a hint of chocolate flavor in this fun and very tasty cake to serve anytime, but especially at Valentine's Day and Christmas. I have also made it into cupcakes for the kiddies to take to school and share. The frosting is buttery and not-too sweet. This is a traditional cake from Chicago to the deep south. Back East you will even find cake mixes for an easy version of "Red Velvet Cake". I tried several versions of this cake and favored this adaptation of Gale Gand's from her "Just a Bite" cookbook

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar with electric mixer until fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat well after each.
  5. Make a paste with the food coloring and cocoa.
  6. (It takes a few minutes to get the chocolate to absorb liquid--be patient and keep stirring).
  7. Add this paste to the butter/sugar mixture.
  8. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda.
  9. Add it to the sugar/butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk, mixing well between additions.
  10. (Begin and end with dry ingredients).
  11. After last addition of flour mixture, stir in vanilla and vinegar.
  12. Beat for another minute and then divide into 3 prepared pans.
  13. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until done.
  14. Cool for 10 minutes and then remove from pan to wire rack to cool completely.
  15. To make icing: Mix flour and milk in small pan and cook over low heat until it is thick (stirring often--constantly near end).
  16. This will take about 10 minute.
  17. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  18. Meanwhile, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla.
  19. Beat until it is very light and fluffy, about 10 minutes.
  20. When the flour mixture is cooled, add it to the butter mixture and beat until just mixed.
  21. Assemble the cake with a thin layer of icing between the layers and cover the top and sides of cake.
Most Helpful

I never heard of Red Velvet Cake until my first experience in New Orleans recently. I came home and looked on Recipezaar and there it was! Thank you Sharlene for this amazingly delicious dessert. I made it today for my husband's birthday tomorrow! I only used two layers for his cake and saved the third one for him alone to enjoy. I tasted it and it is awesome. To ice the cake, I used a cream cheese icing and added some coconut and chopped nuts. Between the layers, I smeared a thin layer of the same icing and cut fresh strawberries slices to nestle in between. It came out absolutely delicious! I'll be making this over and over...Thank you again!

Gingerbee April 29, 2002

I made this cake and it came out perfectly! Looked delicious, tasted even better. :D The icing was very unique. Extremely smooth. It tasted a bit like vanilla ice cream and whipped cream to me. Delicious and not too sweet! It paired wonderfully with the cake - maybe even better than the cream cheese icing that I normally use!

I made this cake for a friend's December birthday, and decorated it all christmassy. :) I even dyed the icing green to pair with the red of the cake - it came out beautifully - I'm uploading a picture as I write!

Crys804 December 11, 2010

THIS is the recipe to go with! I baked two 9" layers for about 28 min, and they couldn't have come out better. Cake was light and fluffy, but with rich flavor. The frosting was surprising. When refrigerated, it solidified to a perfect texture. My guests gobbled it up completely - will definitely make again!

sugarpants February 25, 2009