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Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
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  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pans
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the pans
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Cream Cheese Frosting


  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Butter two 8-inch round cake pans and dust with flour, tapping out the excess. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, vinegar, and food coloring until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the buttermilk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix just until combined (do not overmix).
  4. Divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool the cakes in the pans for 15 minutes, then turn out onto racks to cool completely.
  5. Transfer one of the cooled cakes to a plate and spread with 1 to 1½ cups of the frosting. Top with the remaining cake and spread the top and sides with the remaining frosting. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 793Calories From Fat 409
  • Fat 46g
  • Sat Fat 29g
  • Cholesterol 168mg
  • Sodium 413mg
  • Protein 9g
  • Carbohydrate 90g
  • Sugar 67g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Iron 2mg
  • Calcium 86mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101 .

Quick Tip

How To: Assemble and Frost a Layer Cake Step 1
Dab some frosting on the plate before putting down the first layer of cake. This will prevent the cake from sliding around.

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