Red Velvet Cake

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  • Prep Time: 15 Min
  • Cook Time: 15 Min
  • Total Time: 30 Min
  • Yield: 24 Cupcakes 1x


This red velvet cake is the perfect display of affection. It is super moist with a light chocolate flavor. The cream cheese frosting is so rich, creamy and extremely easy to put together.




  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar


  • 8 ounces of room temperature cream cheese
  • 1 stick of room temperature butter
  • 1 pound (about 4 cups) of confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract


Measure out all ingredients. Mix together flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and cream for 3 to 5 minutes until light and fluffy.

Add eggs and vanilla to butter and sugar and mix until incorporated.

Mix together the food coloring and red food dye until it forms a paste. Add that paste to the eggs and sugar.

Add one third of the dry ingredients followed by half of the buttermilk, mixing after each addition. Add second third of dry and final half of buttermilk. Finish with final third of dry ingredients. Lastly, add vinegar and mix until completely combined.

Preheat oven to 350° F.

This recipe will make two dozen cupcakes, two nine inch cake rounds or 1 medium heart pan and a dozen cupcakes. If you are baking cupcakes, line the cupcake tin with paper liners and fill about 2/3 of the way up. Place in preheated oven and bake for about 15 minutes.

If you are making a cake, butter and flour the pan, fill the cake pans about 1/2 the way up and place in a preheated oven for 20 – 25 minutes until the cake springs back and, when inserted, a toothpick comes out clean.

While cakes are cooling, make the frosting. Cream the butter and cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the confectioners sugar one cup at a time until incorporated and smooth. Finally, add the vanilla. Beat until the frosting is one smooth consistency.  Once the cakes have cooled, frost with cream cheese frosting and serve!