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Red Velvet Cake Recipe via Cook's Illustrated

It's really such a classic recipe, light in texture, moist and velvety! I added in a little vegetable oil to help ensure the moistness.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 748kcal
Author: Eden


Red Velvet Cake

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

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter softened and cut into chunks.
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 pound cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt


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 red 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.

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 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.


Calories: 748kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 66g | Vitamin A: 1395IU | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1.5mg