Classic Red Velvet Cake

Classic Red Velvet Cake


This delectable, scarlet-hued cake is a classic for a reason. Layers of smooth cream cheese icing and rich red velvet cake will impress even the pickiest of guests.

Cook Time
40 minutes
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
8 slices

How to Make It

1. Step
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease 2 8-inch cake pans with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper.
2. Step
In a medium bowl, sift together the cake flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Whisk to combine.
3. Step
In a large liquid measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, vegetable oil, vinegar, and red food coloring.
4. Step
In a large bowl, cream the butter and granulated sugar together with an electric hand mixer on high speed until light, fluffy, and homogenous, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and beat on medium speed until incorporated. Add the vanilla and beat to incorporate.
5. Step
Add ½ of the buttermilk mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Beat on medium speed until well combined, 1–2 minutes. Add ½ of the dry ingredients and beat until well-combined, 1–2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining buttermilk and dry ingredients. With the mixer running, slowly pour in the coffee and beat until just combined.
6. Step
Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and smooth the tops. Bake for 40–45 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes before flipping the cakes out onto a wire rack, then let cool completely
7. Step
While the cakes are cooling, make the cream cheese frosting: In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric hand mixer on high speed until well combined and fluffy, 3–5 minutes. Add the heavy cream, salt, and vanilla and mix to combine. Add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, and beat until the frosting is fluffy and smooth.
8. Step
Once cakes have cooled, trim off the domed tops, reserving the scraps. Cut each cake in half so you have 4 even layers.
9. Step
Place 1 cake layer, cut-side up, on a cake stand. Spread an even layer of frosting over the cake. Place another cake layer cut-side down on top of the first layer, spreading another even layer of frosting on top. Repeat with the remaining 2 layers. Spread a thin layer of frosting all over the sides and smooth out with an offset spatula or bench scraper. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes, until the layer of frosting has hardened.
10. Step
Frost the outside of the cake with a thick layer of frosting. Crumble the reserved cake scraps, then press into the frosting around the bottom of the cake.
11. Step
Slice and serve.
12. Step
13. Step
RECIPE BY: Amanda Berrill


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