Red Velvet Cake with Buttercream Frosting Recipe -
Red Velvet Cake with Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Red Velvet Cake with Buttercream Frosting

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"Very moist red velvet cake -- with excellent buttercream frosting. A family tradition, as well as a favorite. Great for holidays!"

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Original recipe makes 1 9-inch layer cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    2 hrs 5 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 9-inch cake pans. In a bowl, sift together the cake flour, chocolate pudding mix, cocoa powder, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup of butter with 1 1/2 cup of sugar with an electric mixer until creamy; beat the eggs in, one at a time, and beat until the mixture is fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in the flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk, in several additions. Mix in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and the red food color until the batter is uniformly colored. In a bowl, stir the baking soda with vinegar, and gently fold the foamy mixture gently into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean or with moist crumbs, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  4. For frosting, place all-purpose flour in a saucepan, and gradually whisk milk into the flour, about 2 tablespoons at a time, until smoothly combined. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat, whisking constantly until thickened and smooth; allow to cool completely. Beat 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of butter in a bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 1 minute, and gradually beat in the cooled milk mixture; add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Beat the frosting until fluffy and spreadable, 1 to 2 more minutes.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 28, 2011

i have searched for the recipe for red velvet cake that would accually taste like chocolate, and be moist also. I must say I was plesantly surprised! this is absolutely the best recipe for red velvet cake I have ever tried. As a testiment to this cake, I made it and wrapped a large slice for my husband who drives trucks for a living. he said the cake was so good that he licked the aluminum foil it was wrapped in! very funny when he told it to me. The only thing i did different was, I used cream cheese frosing instead of the buttercream.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 15, 2011

I had decided to make this cake before the first review was written. I based my decision mostly on the fact that the cake contained pudding so I knew it wouldn't be dry. The cake was just ok. I only had 1 ounce of red food coloring but the cake was plenty red. I probably should have added 1 ounce of water to replace the missing food coloring but I didn't think about it until it was too late. The batter was very thick and when cooked the layers were pretty flat. The icing was not to my liking. My kids thought the buttercream tasted funny and in general the cake lacked flavor. I will not be making this cake again :(


22 Ratings

Jul 04, 2011

This was my first time making red velvet cake (a birthday request from my 14 yr old son). The cake was awesome. It came out perfect! It was so MOIST with great flavor. The entire family loved it. Cake was gone by morning! Will definitely make this one again. The only change I made was I added white chocolate to the frosting. Delicious!

Dec 17, 2011

Loved how moist it was!!! Very good buttercream but might use a little less vanilla next time. Otherwise it was all perfect!

Jan 21, 2012

This is the most moist caake very good. made it at Christmas making it again for another family get together

Jun 04, 2012

it tasted fine, but lacked flavour and tasted more like a chocolate pudding cake then the fluffy sweetness one expects from a red velvet cake. I won't be using this recipe again.

Jan 15, 2013

Excellent and easy red velvet recipe - I had to go with what I had on hand, so I had to use sifted all purpose flour instead of cake flour (you can also use some cornstarch in all purpose as substitute, but I didn't have any of that either). Used only 1 oz food coloring. As a sub for buttermilk I used 1 cup regular milk mixed w/ 1 tablespoon white vinegar (usually you would use 1 T vinegar w/ enough milk to make a cup, but with cutting out some food coloring I did it this way). I also used nearly 3 tablespoons cocoa. Since I was baking in dark, non-stick pans I reduced oven temp to 340 and they were perfect in 27 minutes. For frosting I stuck with a cream cheese - 8 oz reduced fat cream cheese, 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1-3/4 cups confect. sugar - it was perfect - not too sweet! Even with all my subs this is a real hit!

Sep 02, 2012

I had a velvet cake recipe years ago that I truly loved. I lost it and could never find another just like it.This cake is amazing!. I used 2-8inch pans because red velvet cake does not rise very much.I also had to increase my baking time,but DO NOT overbake. But again, it was fantastic.I just returned from a cook out and it was "the hit".so very moist. I used another recipe for the frosting though. I use a "smooth buttercream" recipe. I am making another tomorrow.Thank you so much for sharing. :}


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  • Calories
  • 529 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 72.9 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol
  • 94 mg
  • 31%
  • Fat
  • 25 g
  • 38%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 5.2 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 635 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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