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The most incredible Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! Fluffy, soft, buttery and moist with the most perfect velvet texture!

Super easy to make Red Velvet Cake issimilar to the original recipe that started it all!Made entirely from scratch with a few tips and tricks, this is one cake that takes centre stage! Softer than most cakes with a mouth-watering velvet-like texture in each bite.

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Any cake that layeredand slatheredwith a cream cheese frosting (carrot cake comes to mind) can sit by me with a huge spoon. Out of all cakes on this blog, this one is my favourite.

Red Velvet Cake

Is it chocolate? Is it vanilla? WHAT IS IT! Essentially it’s a chocolate cake made with little cocoa powder. The cocoa reacts with the acidic vinegar and buttermilk, and in turn keeps the cake moist, light, and fluffy. The chocolate taste is fairly mild but the flavours are delicately rich.

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How To Make Red Velvet Cake

This red velvet cake has been adapted from The New York Times, with slight adjustments to the ingredients and the addition of oil for an even softer, richer and buttery melt-in-your-mouth cake. We tested a few versions with just butter, some with only oil, and some with half a dozen eggs! Truthfully, the one we are publishing is the best and received high praise from everyone who tried it. Both young and old!

With all the testing I have a few tips to get you the best results!

  • Cake flour— We tried this version with both all purpose/plain flour and cake flour, and the cake flour version resulted in a softer, velvety cake, fooling everyone into thinking we had purchased it from an expensive baker! You can certainly use all purpose though if that’s all you have. You will still get an incredible cake.
  • Oil — This addition guarantees a moist sponge. Mix it together with your cocoa powder and red dye so the three incorporate really well into the cake batter. This ensures the cocoa powder is mostly dissolved before being mixed through.
  • Buttermilk OR milk with vinegar – We tried one version using buttermilk plus vinegar and one version making our own buttermilk, souring full cream milk with 1-2 teaspoons of vinegar before starting. Both worked INCREDIBLY well!

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The batter is then split into two separate 8-inch baking pans to create two layers. We tried it with 9-inch pans and while the texture was good, the layers were a little too thin for our liking. Trim the dome on top away so the top layer sits better on the bottom layer. When trimming, you will feel how moist this cake really is! Try to save these pieces to decorate the cake with later! (Good luck not sneaking some pieces to eat! If you start, you won’t be able to stop.)

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Just like myBest Fudgy Chocolate Cake, this Red Velvet Cake is so super addictive it’s hard to stop at one piece! Not overly sweet, but perfectly rich at the same time. You’ll see what I mean when you try it!

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Red Velvet Cake

Author: Karina

The most incredible Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is fluffy, soft, buttery and moist with a perfect, velvety texture! Super easy to make with a few tips and tricks for the best results! You will go crazy for a second slice!


Prep: 15 minutes mins

Cook: 25 minutes mins

Total: 40 minutes mins

Serves: 12 slices


  • ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups caster sugar or fine white granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder plus 1 tablespoon extra for dusting
  • 2 ½ tablespoons red food colouring liquid, not gel
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 ½ cups plain cake flour sifted, or all purpose/plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda bi-carb soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 14 ounces cream cheese not spreadable, at room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups icing sugar or confectioners
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice optional - adds subtle hint of lemon


For Cake:

  • Heat oven to 350°F | 175°C. Lightly grease two 8-inch cake pans with butter or nonstick oil spray and lightly dust with 1 tablespoon of the sifted cocoa powder.

  • Cream butter and sugar together until light in colour. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition to combine well.

  • In a smaller bowl, mix together oil, remaining cocoa powder, red food colouring and vanilla until smooth. Stir colour mixture and vinegar through the creamed sugar mixture to combine.

  • Sift together flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Add half of the dry ingredients and half of the buttermilk to the wet ingredients; mix well. Repeat with remaining dry ingredients and buttermilk.

  • Divide batter among the 2 prepared pans and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack completely.

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Beat together cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth lighter in colour (about 3-4 minutes). Beat in icing sugar until frosting is light and fluffy (if frosting is too thin, add more icing sugar and beat again until reaching your desired consistency).

    Optional if using: mix in the lemon juice.

Assemble Cake:

  • Transfer 1 cake onto aservingdish/plate, flat-side down.Trim the top dome off of the cake to create a flat bottom later.Scoop about 1 ½ - 2 cups offrostingonto cake and spread evenly over the top.

  • Place second cake layer on top and use remaining frosting to cover top and sides of cake.

  • Crumble trimmed pieces of cake to decorate.



*To make your own buttermilk, mix 1 cup of full cream milk with 1 teaspoon vinegar before baking. Allow the milk to sour for 5-10 minutes.

Adapted from The New York Times


Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 553mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 569IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Adele April says

    Best Red Velvet Cake (13)
    This cake came out really well for me! I am impressed.


  2. Ângela says

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    Hello. I’m from Portugal and I was trying to find a red velvet recipe that was easy and flavorfull. After trying different recipes, I came across this one and I have to say that is my favourite. I already made this cake twice (as birthcakes) and everyone loved it.

    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!



    Best Red Velvet Cake (15)
    I loved the redvelvet cake alot love NATHANIEL NAREL JOHNSON.


  4. Maria S. says

    Best Red Velvet Cake (16)
    Hello Karina
    Can we make the recipe as cupcakes?
    How long to bake?
    Thank you.


  5. Ashley says

    Best Red Velvet Cake (17)
    Beautifully soft and moist cake! So good I decided to scroll aaaallll to the end to post this comment. I only wish I could add a photo as my cake came out a little different visually – I have young children so only had natural food colouring in the house, used loads extra but couldn’t get the batter red. It actually turned out a lovely rose gold colour though so I coloured my frosting pale pink. This was a birthday cake I made for my mother so all worked out!


  6. Fiona Evans says

    Best Red Velvet Cake (18)
    Totally AWESOME!!! My first ever successful RV cake!! Bye bye brown rubbish failures. Hello luxurious RED, moist, delicious! I can’t thank you enough. I was commissioned to make a RV for a wedding and was freaked out because I had never been successful! I looked on this site for a recipe because I have used it for the awesome Chocolate Fudge Cake! Thank goodness for your blogs. You are a life saver ! Did a test run yesterday on a 10” round using x 1.3 multiplier to get a single layer for a three layered cake. Perfect!


  7. Aina says

    Best Red Velvet Cake (19)
    Can’t believe I forgot the baking soda, what a scruff. Very very delicious though.


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