Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Posted on Nov 18 2012 - 10:00am by Susan Bewley

Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

What is your favorite thing about the holidays? For me, it’s baking. Don’t get me wrong, I bake all year round, but during the holidays, I get to make a lot of delicious treats for my family. It isn’t too uncommon for me to make a batch of Chocolate Cherry Cookies and at least one cake to bring to Thanksgiving dinner when we go to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families. While I switch off between a number of cakes, one that seems to get a lot of attention in my family is my Red Velvet cake recipe. This chocolate cake is rich, moist, and is one of the few red velvet cakes I will actually eat myself.  Since my husband absolutely loves red velvet cake, it is likely the most requested dessert I make for him, always popular for birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

My biggest issue with most red velvet cake recipes I have found is that they have a bitter aftertaste. This is mostly due to the large amounts of red food coloring. I have found that just about every recipe that uses food coloring has a bit of an aftertaste, leading to some trial and error to find just the right mixture of ingredients to have a delicious, moist cake without having to worry about that bitter aftertaste.  Since we are planning on traveling home, I decided to do something a bit new this year and make some cute red velvet cupcakes. Not only do cupcakes look adorable, but are much easier to transport than a fully decorated cake! I really hope you enjoy this recipe just as much as my own family will.  If you make it during the holidays, we would loveto hear what you think of our red velvet cake recipe!

Red Velvet Cake Recipe
Red Velvet Cake Ingredients
  • 2½ Cups Cake Flour
  • 4 Teaspoons Baking Cocoa
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1½ Cups White Sugar
  • 2 Stick Salted Butter softened
  • 2 Eggs room temperature
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Teaspoon White Vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Bottle Red Food Coloring
Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients
  • 1 8 oz Package Cream Cheese Softened & cubed
  • 1 Box Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Stick Salted Butter
Cake Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 2 - 9" cake pans or put paper cups in your favorite cupcake pan.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly to make sure everything is evenly blended.
  4. Using a stand mixer, beat the sugar and butter. Once it is thoroughly mixed together, add the two eggs.
  5. Add the buttermilk to the egg mixture, and then start slowly pouring in the flour mixture, about ½ a cup at a time. This will help it blend without making a mess. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Add the vinegar, vanilla, and food coloring to the mixture. Feel free to adjust the food coloring in this Red Velvet Cake Recipe if you wish for the cake to be more or less red.
  7. Pour into a greased cake pan (1/2 full) or into your cupcake cups. If you are using cupcake cups, only fill to about ¾ full.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out of the cake clean.
Cream Cheese Icing Instructions
  1. Cream the butter, cream cheese, & sugar in a stand mixer.
  2. Slowly pour in the powdered sugar and add the vanilla extract. The mixture should be thick.If you used the Red Velvet Cake Recipe above, make sure to let the cake completely cool before icing!




Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

44 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jessica p November 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    You always have the most delicious recipes on your blog! I love Red Velvet cupcakes, especially the cream cheese frosting on top. I think I could eat a whole bowl of it! 🙂 these look so yummy.

    • Susan Bewley November 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      The cream cheese frozing is heavenly! One of my favorite things to also do to the frosting is put heavy cream in it to make it fluffier.

  2. Melinda Dunne November 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the recipe! My son loves Red Velvet Cake I always just make it from a box. I would rather make it from scratch. 

    • Susan Bewley November 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm - Reply

      I used to make it from the box but it just never turned out right. THis recipe is super easy. I takes me about ten minutes to make the batter. I spend most of my time actually decorating 🙂

  3. Dawn November 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    I have never made a cake {or cupcakes} from scratch! You go girl!  

  4. Jessica Cali November 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    These look delicious!! And the frosting looks GREAT!!

    • Susan Bewley November 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you! This was my first time using a decorating kit so I was really nervous!

  5. Melissa Rheinlander November 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Anything with cream cheese is yummy!!

  6. Suzi Satterfield November 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Looks delicious.  Pinned it!

  7. Tom Shewbridge November 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    My wife loves red velvet cake!  I will definitely share this one with her!  Thanks for sharing Susan!  🙂

  8. Mariah November 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Red velvet is my favorite cake!! I love cream cheese frosting. Oh, I want some of these right now!

  9. Malia November 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Yum!  This sounds so good!  I'm going to share the frosting recipe with my sister, she makes a good red velvet, but uses a buttercream frosting.

  10. Kelly R November 19, 2012 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the recipe, my husband loves red velvet…

  11. Elizabeth Towns November 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    I do like red velvet cupcakes. They just look so pretty and the icing makes them absolutely decadent. You make this recipe seem doable. Maybe I will try it out!

  12. Tara November 20, 2012 at 2:00 am - Reply

    I'm not a red velvet fan but my daughter is & she would love these.  However, I would eat cream cheese frosting on just about anything YUM!!!!

  13. Ashley November 20, 2012 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Um- I cannot stop drooooooling!  I am totally making these, just the picture alone is making me crave these!

  14. Jessica Compton November 20, 2012 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Totally pinning this!

  15. Annabelle November 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    I love the way the frosting is piped on- it's probably much easier than fiddling with a spatula. Now I'm hungry!

    • Susan Bewley November 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm - Reply

      I was terrified when I first tried decorating them but it is really easy! THe downside though is that you use more icing (upside is you get more icing 😉 )

  16. Sam November 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Ohhhhhhhhh my fav! We will have to try this.

  17. jheylo November 20, 2012 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    oh my, i'm drooling right now. I want some please ehehhehe. thanks for the recipe susan

  18. LN November 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    I definitely have to try this soon. Thanks for the recipe! I think my girls would love it 🙂

  19. Pam November 21, 2012 at 9:02 am - Reply

    This looks delicous. Actually too good to eat. You did a great job. I will have to try this one for sure.

  20. Alaina Bullock November 21, 2012 at 10:24 am - Reply

    This is my husbands favorite kind of cake!  I cannot wait to bake it!  Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

  21. Sue InVegas November 28, 2012 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    This sounds wonderful! Thanks for the great recipe! And yummy pics! 🙂

  22. Shydub November 29, 2012 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    I love cake, this is mouth watering. i like baking but i think baking don't like me becaus eit always come out ugly hehehe. i also don't have all the ingredients.  I can't bake a cake as pretty as you have right here

  23. Amie Laventhall March 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    These look great. My husband's birthday is next weekend I will have to make these for him!

  24. lisa March 15, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    You are ambitious. I wish I could bake. They look pretty too.

  25. krystel July 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    im in love with love with red velvet especially the cheesecake

  26. Alli September 26, 2013 at 6:01 am - Reply

    Being from the south, I've been enjoying red velvet cake since I was a mere babe!  And, like you, I've never used the full amount of food coloring – just the one bottle.  And, sometimes, when it's not Christmas, I skip the food coloring all together and have black velvet!  Your cupcakes look amazing and now I want them for breakfast!  Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!

    • Susan Bewley September 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them Alli!  Red velvet is one of those fun treats in my house! I have been playing with using natural dyes as well to make it even healthier. I have to admit, there have been red velvet cupcakes eaten for breakfast around here, especially when my husband sneaks them 😉

  27. Erica Ardali November 24, 2013 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    I'm the resident Betty Crocker of my family. I always love finding new cake recipes to try out! 

  28. Elizabeth February 11, 2014 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Interesting to note your comment about the bitterness of the red food dye.  There is a natural food dye color kit out there and I have some friends who have used beet juice or beet powder successfully without affecting the flavor.  I love, love, love cream cheese frosting though….yeah, I might be a little glutonous about it.

  29. Justin Castillo March 2, 2014 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    What a Final Meal to have. Forget the Last Supper.

  30. Shannon March 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    These look very pretty. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  31. katrina c. April 29, 2014 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    I’m a sucker for red velvet, and all things easy! LOL! They look amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  32. nancyfancypink April 30, 2014 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Red velvet cake is my favorite! We had it as our wedding cake, so it always reminds me of my wedding. This recipe sounds like a winner!

  33. laurie damrose August 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Red Velvet is my new favorite flavor!

  34. Jen August 17, 2014 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    this is my favorite cupcake flavor! I’m going to try this recipe :)thanks for sharing

  35. May Lynn Mahler October 31, 2014 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Can never go wrong with cream cheese- yum! these look delicious :). My girls love to bake, I think we’ll try this one!

  36. M.Clark November 8, 2014 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    These cupcakes look delicious, I can’t wait to give them a try. The desserts that I associate with the holidays are apple pie and pumpkin pie. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  37. Rachel Beltz November 15, 2014 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    These look so simple and yummy! I prefer making cupcakes over cake, so much easier for people to share!

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