Red Velvet Cake Recipe


  • 3 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Red Velvet Cake Cooking Instructions
  2. For the cake:
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour 2 (9-inch) cake pans and line each pan with a round of parchment paper.
  4. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl
  5. Cream the butter, sugar and oil in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachmentuntil light and fluffy.
  6. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl and beat until incorporated.
  7. Beat in the vanilla, vinegar and food coloring.
  8. Add the flour mixture to the batter in 3 batches alternating with the buttermilk, mixing well after each addition.
  9. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  10. Cool on a baking rack for 15 minutes before removing the cake from the pans.
  11. Let cool completely before frosting. Slice each cake into 2 layers and frost.
  12. For the Frosting:
  13. Combine the cream, milk, vanilla bean and seeds in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  14. Remove the vanilla bean and discard. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened to a paste, about 2 minutes.
  15. Scrape into a bowl, cover and refrigerate until very cold, at least 2 hours.
  16. Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat until the mixture is very fluffy and the sugar is totally dissolved, about 6 minutes.
  17. Add the cold paste, a few tablespoons at a time to the butter mixture and whip until light and fluffy.


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