Red Velvet Cake Recipe

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Colorful and festive, this fabulous red velvet layered cake with its creamy white frosting is a perfect treat for Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, or Christmas. See more eye-catching layered cake recipes when search through our Cake Recipes Collection.
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  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs - large, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces cream cheese - at room temperature
  • 1 cup unsalted butter - softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Container:mixer, 3
30 mins
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55 mins
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla. In a different bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder. Using a mixer, slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  • Spray each cake pan with the non-stick cooking spray and dust each with flour. Divide the batter evenly between the three pans.
  • Place in the oven with room between each pan for the heat to circulate for 20-25 minutes. The cake is done when it begins to pull away from the edges of the pan. Allow cakes to cool for 5 minutes on cooking racks, then invert them onto the racks to remove them from the pan. Allow to cool completely.
  • For the frosting, cream together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla for 2 minutes in a mixer or until light and fluffy. Place one cake on a cake platter and frost the top with 1/4" of frosting, place the second cake, top side down on top of the first and add 1/4" of frosting. Top with the last cake, top side up and frost the top and sides. Store covered.
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