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Easy Red Velvet Cake Recipe


red velvet cake recipe

Red Velvet Cake

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This easy red velvet cake recipe is so simple, the kids can even make it by themselves. That's because it starts with a cake mix. Red food coloring adds the right color to this recipe. And yes, you have to add two full bottles of food coloring to get that red hue.

Legend has it that the cake originally turned red due to a reaction between the vinegar or buttermilk and the natural cocoa first used in the cake. I've tried that method, and never been able to produce a cake with the proper red hue without food coloring. But this version is every bit as moist and tender as the original red velvet cake.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 32 minutes

Total Time: 47 minutes

Yield: 16 servings


  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2 oz. red food coloring (2 large bottles -- yes, the whole bottle)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting for Red Velvet Cake
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans or a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.

  2. With an electric mixer, beat cake mix, eggs, sour cream, buttermilk, oil, cocoa powder, vinegar and food coloring together on high for two minutes.

  3. Pour batter into prepared cake pan(s). Bake 28 to 32 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  4. Let the red velvet cake cool completely, then frost.

  5. For frosting, beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and enough powdered sugar until the icing reaches the desired consistency.

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