Pink Velvet Cake Recipe + Easy way to Decorate it!

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With it’s delicious pink color and beautiful flowers, this pink velvet cake twist on the classic red velvet cake is as tasty to eat, as it is gorgeous to look at! Plus, it’s easy to make and decorate!

Side on shot of white cake with flowers and berries

Do you know how easy it is to decorate a cake?! ANYONE can do it and we’re showing you with this gorgeous, pink velvet cake recipe! We topped this cake strawberries, raspberries, beautiful pansies, and a few pomegranates to give it instant decor that’s not only effortless but stunning!

Your guests will adore this cake and the “effort” you put into decorating it. It’s by far my favorite red velvet cake recipe… we adapted it from Cook’s Illustrated and made it a pink velvet cake!

Although, you can go lighter on the pink if you prefer!

Top down shot of pink velvet cake with flowers and berries

How To Make Red Velvet Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Whisk together buttermilk, eggs, vegetable oil, vinegar and vanilla in a tall liquid measuring cup, set aside.
  • In a small bowl, add the cocoa powder and food coloring together, set aside.
  • In another bowl combine the flour, salt and baking soda, set aside.
  • With an electric mixer and a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high.
  • Reduce speed and then add the buttermilk mixture and flour in 3 additions, alternating.
  • Add cocoa mixture and beat on low until everything is incorporated.
  • Divide the batter into 2, greased 9-inch round pans.
  • Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, try to take it out when the center is just a little wiggly. 
  • NOTE: Everyone’s oven bakes differently based on many factors, do not take the cake out of the oven until you feel it is cooked. Use the toothpick method if you’re nervous to take it out a little before.

How to make Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (must be soft!) and cut into chunks.
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened (must be soft!)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

What Is Pink Velvet Cake?

Pink velvet cake is very similar to red velvet cake, except it uses pink food coloring. Like red velvet cake, it is covered in it’s distinct, and delicious, cream cheese frosting.

Side on shots of slices of pink velvet cake

What Does Pink Velvet Taste Like?

Pink velvet cakes are moist, fluffy and light. They have an addictive and delicious mix of flavors, that come through as:

  • Mild cocoa
  • Tangy buttermilk
  • Sweet vanilla
  • Smooth and buttery

Cake Decorating Made Simple

Cake decorating can sound ominous and time-consuming, but it really doesn’t have to be! For this pink velvet cake, we’ve added berries, pansies, and pomegranates to the top that all complement the cake perfectly, with minimal time and effort.

overhead shot of pink velvet cake

Tips For Making Pink Velvet Cake

  • When baking the cake, make sure you place it in a preheated oven.
  • Grease your cake pan before placing in the ingredients.
  • Make sure your ingredients are all at room temperature before getting started.
  • Sift your dry ingredients to remove any lumps.
top down table shot of cake and strawberries

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Pink Velvet Cake Recipe

This pink velvet cake is perfect for any occasion! 
4 from 13 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10 servings (1 9″cake)
Calories: 392kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon pink food coloring
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Whisk together buttermilk, eggs, vegetable oil, vinegar and vanilla in a tall liquid measuring cup, set aside.
  • In a small bowl, add the cocoa powder and food coloring together, set aside.
  • In another bowl combine the flour, salt and baking soda, set aside. (Lots of setting aside : P)
  • With an electric mixer and a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium high.
  • Reduce speed and then add the buttermilk mixture and flour in 3 additions, alternating.
  • Add cocoa mixture and beat on low until everything is incorporated.
  • Divide the batter into 2, greased 9-inch round pans.
  • Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, try to take it out when the center is just a little wiggly. NOTE: Everyone’s oven bakes differently based on many factors, do not take the cake out of the oven until you feel it is cooked. Use the tooth pick method if you’re nervous to take it out a little before.

Nutrition

Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 505IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

An easy to make cake frosting
3.20 from 5 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10 servings (recipe for a 9″ cake)
Calories: 504kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (must be soft!) and cut into chunks.
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened (must be soft!)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  • With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy about 2 minutes. Add in the cream cheese and beat on high until incorporated. Add in vanilla and salt.

Nutrition

Calories: 504kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 67mg | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 1170IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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20 thoughts on “Pink Velvet Cake Recipe + Easy way to Decorate it!”

  1. 5 stars
    Guys, Thanks For sharing this Great Recipe. My Family Loved it. I am definitely sharing this recipe and this website with my friend. Hope they also love it. Thank you again for sharing such a great recipe.

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  2. Hello, in your ingredient list you don’t specify which flour. I generally use cake flour for velvet cakes. Which did you use. Also, salted or unsalted butter? I usually use unsalted to control the salt myself. Thank you!

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  3. Where did you get the flowers from? I’d be worried if I got them from a garden center they’d have insecticide on them.

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  4. Made the Pink Velvet Cake and it was lovely! I have a couple of questions about the cake batter which was quite thick. Do you melt the butter or just beat in the softened butter (which is what I did)? Do you use gel coloring (which I did) or liquid and what color?

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    • Hi! Yes, you beat the softened butter with the sugar. Also, we used a pink good coloring gel. You can really adapt that part and get the color you prefer. Don’t forget the buttermilk and oil! That will help the thickness a little. But it is a dense moist cake!

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  5. Hi Sugar and Charm,
    I baked this cake for mothers day and it was a huge success! My mum loved it ????
    Just one curious point… the volume of each ingredient for the frosting is outrageous! The amount of frosting I have left over is enough to decorate 4 more cakes!
    Thanks for the amazing recipe.

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    • Thanks Kimberly! I’m so happy you loved the recipe!! You’re right, it does make a lot of frosting and I guess you could cut it in half! I will put a note in there! Thank you!!

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  6. There is no Print button so that you could just print the recipe. Wish there were. It wanted to print all the photos and that was going to take 12 sheets of paper. Wish you could fix that ! Thanks you…other than that…I’m fixing this for a party tomorrow…wish me luck !

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    • Hi Carolyn!! We are going to be having print option on the new site which will be out this year! My suggestion is to copy and paste in a word doc and you can print that!! Good luck with the recipe… it’s one of my FAVES adapted from Cooks Illustrated!!

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