183 Reviews

This is a great cake. I wasn't sure about the frosting, but made it anyway. Even when the frosting was done, it wasn't my favorite. BUT once it's on the cake, it's absolutely delicious! I don't know what happens, exactly, but it blends in with the flavors of the cake and is perfect. Will make again and again!

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Camden's Mom February 19, 2012

Troyh, thank you for posting this.
I made half the batter and made 12 wonderful rich cupcakes for my moms birthday. Everyone loved them and said I should give 5 stars. The recipe was easy to follow and the frosting was good and not so time consuming as I thought, because some other reviews said so. I cooked the milk and flour mix before even starting with the cake batter, so it was cool when the batter was in the muffin tins. Than I made the frosting and it was finished when the cupcakes came out of the oven. Thank you for a great recipe.
But if you live in Germany please note: the food coloring isn't that good, they batter turned out more brown than red, but that had nothing to do with the recipe and it didn't effect the great taste.

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Wiebke February 15, 2012

The cake is delicious. It's not difficult at all to make and not time consuming. I used 1/2 cup of butter instead of shortening and one ounce of red food coloring instead of 2 at the suggestion of other viewers. The cake was very moist. Do not overbake it.

NOW for the frosting. It tasted a lot like Dream Whip Whipped Topping ( it is a powder you mix with milk) and I didn't care for it. My mom made it a lot when I was growing up. My family didn't like the Frosting either. Because of the milk in the frosting, I refrigerated the cake because I was afraid it would spoil. And it seemed the icing became heavy instead of light and fluffy like when I first made it. It's also time consuming. If you do decide to make the icing, double it. I used 1 1/2 times the recipe, but I really stretched it to cover all 3 layers and the sides.

My family said that next time I make this, they want me to use buttercream icing. That's why I rated this 4 stars - because of the frosting.

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toni18103 February 15, 2012

Amazing icing, probably the best icing I've ever made... although it was the strangest icing recipe. Overall the cake is delicious but dry, and I checked it early and took it out as soon as the toothpick came out clean. I will definitely try it again, and try to adjust ingredients to moisten it up.

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SugarLandLorrie February 13, 2012

This is, by far, my favorite cake. I grew up with this cake and had it for my birthday every year. We always called it $200.00 Red Cake because of the urban legend regarding someone sending for the recipe and receiving a bill for $200.00 for that recipe. I did not know until I was an adult that the real name was Red Velvet Cake. I find it interesting that after all these years the cake is now more popular than ever! And for good reason... YUM!!!

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krisnjeffrey February 08, 2012

Like others, I used butter instead of shortening and half the amount of food colouring. It looks and tastes great.

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shooter77 January 19, 2012

The frosting is a total winner as well, not sweet at all. It is similiar to one I have been using for years.

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hilty January 09, 2012

Wow...made this for my sons birthday and this is absolute bliss. The frosting is die for! Great recipe!

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Sunnydaze1004 January 08, 2012

I made this cake for the first time today. It turned out beautifully (3 high layers), even at almost 7,000 feet! I'd recommend a traditional cream cheese and butter frosting, however.
The batter is extremely thick, but don't panic -- it's not dry after baking.

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Durango Cook December 21, 2011

I had never had red velvet before this year. I made these for my son's first birthday party on Kentucky Derby Saturday. I picked red velvet just because I thought they would be nice "red rose" compliment to the party. I am now a hooked fan of red velvet forever!

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missteddi December 16, 2011
Waldorf-Astoria Red Velvet Cake