Desserts · Recipes

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

A moist, delicious chocolate cake in disguise
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time30 minutes
Resting Time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, chocolate, red velvet
Servings: 1 9″ cake


  • Three 9" cake rounds
  • a stand mixer, or hand mixer and large bowl
  • wire racks for cooling
  • another large bowl
  • spatula



  • 18 oz all-purpose flour (about 3 cups)
  • 24 oz granulated sugar (about 3 cups)
  • 3 oz cornstarch (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 oz unsweetened cocoa powder (about 1/2 cup)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp distilled, white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp red food coloring
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 24 oz powdered sugar (1.5 packages; about 6 cups)
  • 24 oz cream cheese (three 8oz packages)
  • 12 oz butter (three 4oz sticks)



  • Butter the three 9" cake rounds
  • Dust them with flour, and tap out the excess
  • Warm the 1-1/4 cup of water somehow (such as a minute in the microwave)
  • Preheat oven to 350°F


  • In the mixer's bowl, mix together at low speed the 18oz flour, 24oz granulated sugar, 3oz cornstarch, 2oz unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tbsp baking soda, 1-1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • Add 4 large eggs, 1-1/2 cups buttermilk, the warm water, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 1 tsp of white vinegar, and 2 tbsp of red food coloring
  • Mix on medium for a couple of minutes until the mixture is smooth
  • Pour the batter evenly among the three cake rounds
  • Bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick stuck in the center of the cakes comes out clean
  • Let the cakes cool in the rounds for about 15 minutes
  • Turn the cakes out onto the rounds and let them cool completely before adding the frosting


  • In another clean large bowl and with the mixer, mix together the 12oz of butter (three sticks) with the 24 oz of cream cheese (three packages) until the mixture is fluffy
  • Add in the 1.5 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Mix until combined
  • About one cup at a time, mix in the 24oz powdered sugar until the mixture is smooth
  • Frost the cake


Adapted from The Stay at Home Chef.