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Red Velvet cake

The BEST Red Velvet Cake Recipe

I might be biased, but I think I've found the BEST red velvet cake recipe! This cake comes out so fluffy and moist, and the homemade cream cheese frosting is perfectly sweet. Try it out for yourself!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Red Velvet Cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tsp unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 oz red food coloring

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 16 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Directions


  • Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and unsweetened cocoa into a large mixing bowl and sift/whisk together.
  • In a separate bowl, crack open the eggs, and beat them.
  • Pour the sugar, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla extract into the bowl with the eggs, and mix until everything is nice and creamy.
  • Slowly combine the wet, ingredients with dry ingredient. Be sure to mix on a low speed!
  • Once everything is manageable, switch from mixing the cake batter to folding it.
  • Next, add it the vinegar, and red food coloring.
  • Fold in until all of the cake batter is red, and there are no streaks.
  • Spray two 9 inch cake pans with baking spray, OR  grease and flour them.
  • Pour an equal amount of cake batter into each cake pan.
  • Shake and tap the pans to release any air bubbles, then let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Bake each cake on 325 F, for 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove the cakes from the cake pans, and place them on cooling racks.
  • While the cakes are cooling, make the frosting.
  • In a large bowl combine the butter, and cream cheese.
  • Cream the two ingredients together, then slowly adding in the powdered sugar, but only 1 cup at a time.
  • Add in the vanilla extract, and milk.
  • Mix until the frosting is nice and creamy
  • Once the cakes are completely cool, frost them.