Red Velvet Layer Cake

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      I’m not sure why there is so much hype over red velvet cake.  I mean, if it was the only cake at a party I’d eat it, but if there were other choices I’d most likely go for something else.  Is it the deep red color, the texture, or the subtle chocolate flavor?  I have no idea why there is such a craze over the red velvet cake but whatever the reason, my cousin has red velvet cake fever too.

    For the past year she has been begging me to make her a red velvet cake.  Last year I was going to make her cupcakes but ran out of time.  Her birthday is this month so being the nice cousin that I am, I made her a red velvet cake.  I’ve made red velvet cupcakes before but I wanted to try a new recipe and I wanted to make a layer cake.

   This cake was easy to prepare and bake.  It turned out moist and delicious.  The cake was a bright red and had a light chocolate flavor to it.  The cream cheese frosting was rich and creamy.  The layer cake was easy to make and decorate.  My cousin loved her cake and it was a huge success at her birthday party.
Red Velvet Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (adapted from I Was Born to Cook)

1 T. butter, softened
2 1/2 c. flour
1 t. salt
2 T. cocoa powder
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1 c. buttermilk
2 T. liquid red food coloring
1 t. white vinegar
1 t. baking soda

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese
1/2 c. butter, softened

3-4 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease two 8 inch round pans with softened butter.  Put parchment paper on the bottom of both pans and set aside.

2.  In a medium bowl combine the flour, salt, and cocoa powder.

3.  In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add the eggs and beat well.  Add in the vanilla and mix.

4.  In a bowl whisk the milk and food coloring.  Alternate mixing the milk and flour into the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour.

5.  In a small bowl combine the vinegar and baking soda.  Let it fizz and then fold into the cake batter.  Divide the batter in between the two pans and put in the oven.  Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

6. Put the cakes on a cooling rack and let cool completely.  Remove from pans.

7.  In a large bowl combine cream cheese, butter, and vanilla.  Mix with a hand mixer.  Add in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until thick and smooth. 

8.  Put one cake layer on a cake board.  Spread cream cheese icing on the top.  Place the second layer on top of the first.  Cover the entire cake with cream cheese frosting.  Decorate and then refrigerate.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow for another party filled with GREAT RECIPES!
    I hope to see you there!

  2. Red Velvet Cake is my favorite…

    So far, the best book I’ve read this year is Dark Places. Its definitely dark, but fascinating none the less!

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