Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Indulge in the luxurious and velvety smooth taste of this classic Red Velvet Cake. Perfect for any special occasion or just to treat yourself, this recipe ensures a moist, flavorful cake with a tangy cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup), softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the Oven:
    Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. Prepare the Cake Batter:
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
  • In a large bowl, gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vanilla, and vinegar using an electric mixer.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in batches, mixing just until combined and smooth.
  1. Bake the Cake:
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  • Let the cakes cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then remove from the pans and cool completely on a wire rack.
  1. Make the Frosting:
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating on low speed until fully incorporated and smooth.
  • Add the vanilla extract and increase the mixer speed to high, beating until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  1. Assemble the Cake:
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate or cake stand. Spread a layer of frosting over the top.
  • Place the second layer on top and spread frosting evenly over the top and sides of the cake.
  • Decorate as desired and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving for best results.

Enjoy your delicious homemade Red Velvet Cake!

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