Decadent Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Indulge in the luxurious taste and vibrant color of our Decadent Red Velvet Cake. This classic dessert, known for its moist, velvety texture and subtle chocolate flavor, is paired with a rich cream cheese frosting that perfectly balances its sweetness. Perfect for special occasions or as a delightful treat, this red velvet cake is sure to impress and satisfy your cravings.

A beautifully decorated red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, displayed on a white cake stand. The cake features vibrant red layers and a smooth, thick layer of frosting, topped with a few cake crumbs and a sprinkle of red sprinkles. The background showcases a festive table setting with a hint of elegance, including a vase of flowers and soft lighting, emphasizing the celebratory nature of the dessert.

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooling Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 12
  • Serving Size: 1 slice

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 480
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 58g
  • Fat: 24g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 45g
  • Sodium: 350mg


  • For the Cake:
    • 250g (8.8 oz) all-purpose flour
    • 300g (10.6 oz) granulated sugar
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 240ml (1 cup) buttermilk
    • 240ml (1 cup) vegetable oil
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp white vinegar
    • 2 tbsp red food coloring
  • For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
    • 225g (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
    • 115g (4 oz) unsalted butter, softened
    • 400g (14 oz) powdered sugar
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Cake:

    • Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
    • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
    • In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, vinegar, and red food coloring until well combined.
    • Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
    • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    • Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  2. Prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting:

    • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.
    • Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until well combined. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Assemble the Cake:

    • Place one cake layer on a serving plate and spread a layer of frosting on top. Place the second cake layer on top and frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting.
    • Decorate with cake crumbs, sprinkles, or fresh berries if desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature for the best mixing results.
  • To achieve a deep red color, use gel food coloring instead of liquid.
  • For a more pronounced chocolate flavor, increase the amount of cocoa powder to 3 tablespoons.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Q: Can I make this cake ahead of time? A: Yes, red velvet cake can be made a day in advance. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Q: Can I freeze red velvet cake? A: Yes, you can freeze unfrosted cake layers wrapped tightly in plastic wrap for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before frosting and serving.
  • Q: Can I use a different type of frosting? A: Absolutely! Red velvet cake pairs well with buttercream frosting or whipped cream frosting as well.

Treat yourself and your loved ones to the exquisite taste of our Decadent Red Velvet Cake. Perfect for any celebration or just because, this cake promises to deliver a burst of flavor and a touch of elegance with every slice. Enjoy the rich, velvety layers and creamy frosting that make this dessert a timeless classic.