Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

Super moist and what a lovely looking cake this is. Great for winter holiday get togethers.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil and flour 3 (9 by 1 1/2-inch round) cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In another large bowl, whisk together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla.
  3. Using a standing mixer, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined and a smooth batter is formed.
  4. Divide the cake batter evenly among the prepared cake pans. Place the pans in the oven evenly spaced apart. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through the cooking, until the cake pulls away from the side of the pans, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the cakes from the oven and run a knife around the edges to loosen them from the sides of the pans. One at a time, invert the cakes onto a plate and then re-invert them onto a cooling rack, rounded-sides up. Let cool completely.
  6. Frost the cake. Place 1 layer, rounded-side down, in the middle of a rotating cake stand. Using a palette knife or offset spatula spread some of the cream cheese frosting over the top of the cake. (Spread enough frosting to make a 1/4 to 1/2-inch layer.) Carefully set another layer on top, rounded-side down, and repeat. Top with the remaining layer and cover the entire cake with the remaining frosting. Sprinkle the top with the pecans.
  7. Cream Cheese Frosting: In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand-held electric mixer in a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, and butter on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to high, and mix until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. (Occasionally turn the mixer off, and scrape the down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.)
  8. Reduce the speed of the mixer to low. Add the vanilla, raise the speed to high and mix briefly until fluffy (scrape down the bowl occasionally). Store in the refrigerator until somewhat stiff, before using. May be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.
  9. Yield: enough to frost a 3 layer (9-inch) cake.


Most Helpful

My fiance's favorite cake is red velvet so I made this for his birthday. The cake was great, but my icing was too runny. It was still a good cake recipe.

quirkycook February 20, 2010

This is a pretty good cake. I had to cut the recipe in half and make 2 small layers. It was still plenty for the 6 of us. I had just shy of the amount of food coloring, but the red still came through very well. We did not like the frosting unfortunately. It was very tangy and not what we were looking for. That is our personal preference and not a reflection on the recipe. I think for our tastes I would bump up the sugar and butter compared to the amount of cream cheese. Overall, this is a great and beautiful cake. Made and Reviewed for 123 Hit Wonders Tag - Thanks! :)

LilPinkieJ December 20, 2008

This was exactly what my SO wanted for his birthday, with a few changes specific to what he grew up on. I used 2 oz. food coloring and 1/4 cup cocoa powder, and added 1 cup flaked coconut to the frosting (he insisted). The cake came out perfectly moist, perfectly beautiful, and made him perfectly happy. Thank you!

Felix4067 August 23, 2007

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