Total Time
Prep 8 mins
Cook 25 mins

This recipe is from the "Cake Mix Doctor" book. The book is authored by Anne Bryn. Very quick and simple to make. Great for those that do not have the time to "slave" over a hot stove all day. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. CAKE:.
  2. Move oven rack to center of oven.
  3. Preheat to 350 degrees.
  4. Grease two 9-inch round cake pans with shortening, then sprinkle with flour.
  5. Remove excess flour.
  6. Set pans aside.
  7. Place cake mix, sour cream, water, oil, food coloring, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  8. Mix with electric mixer on low for 1-2 minutes. Stop.
  9. Scrape sides of bowl.
  10. Mix on medium speed for 2-3 additional minutes.
  11. Divide batter among the prepared cake pans.
  12. Place pans in oven.
  13. Bake cakes about 25-30 minutes.
  14. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes.
  15. Run a dinner knife around the edge of each layer and turn each layer upside down onto a wire rack, then turn the cakes right side up on another rack.
  16. Cool completely, 30-45 minutes.
  17. FROSTING:.
  18. Place cream cheese and butter in a large bowl.
  19. Mix with an electric mixer on low, about 30-45 seconds. Stop mixer.
  20. Add confectioner's sugar a little bit at a time, mixing on low speed until the sugar is well mixed, 1-2 minutes.
  21. Add the vanilla.
  22. Mix on medium speed until fluffy, about 1-2 more minutes.
  23. Place one cake layer, right side up, on a serving platter or cake plate.
  24. Spread top with the frosting.
  25. Put second layer, on top of first layer and frost the top and sides.
Most Helpful

5 5

Yummy! I made this recipe but added about 6 Tbsp of raspberry jam and a handful of fresh raspberries. I iced it with a chocolate icing. It really amped up the flavor. Definitely going to make again.

5 5

LOVE this recipe. Made 2 dozen Valentine cupcakes out of it this week and they turned out perfectly. Super easy but tastes like you spent hours in front of the stove. A keeper!

5 5

Excellent! Used a red velvet cake mix,skipped the red food coloring. It was very moist and tasty and was gone before I knew it. 1