Red Velvet

Am I the only one out there that hadn't experienced the goodness that is a red velvet cake? My younger sister dropped by over the weekend while I wasn't home and gifted our fridge with 4 of these home made red delights. I recommend you all get baking - these were ridiculously good.

2 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
60ml red food colouring
120 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda

Cream cheese icing ingredients
450g cream cheese, softened
120g unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanill extract
2 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted
Pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 180°C
2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside.
3. In a small bowl, mix food colouring and cocoa powder to form a thin, smooth paste. Set aside.
4. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
5. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla and the red cocoa paste, scraping down the bowl frequently with a spatula. Add one third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beat well, then beat in half of the buttermilk.
6. Beat in another third of flour mixture, then second half of buttermilk. End with the last third of the flour mixture, beat until well combined, making sure to scrape down the bowl with a spatula.
7. In a small bowl, mix vinegar and baking soda. Add it to the cake batter and stir well to combine.
8. Working quickly, divide batter evenly between the cupcake papers and bake at 180°C for 15-20 minutes.
9. Cool the cupcakes completely on a wire rack before icing.
10. Icing: With an electric mixer, blend together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
11. Reduce speed to low, and blend in icing sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Increase speed to high, and beat until light and fluffy.
12. Enjoy with a cup of tea.
- Briar


  1. Yum! Thanks for the recipe, though isn't all that red colouring a bit scary? Oh well!!

  2. Lordy, where have I been? This looks delish! A must do for this weekend...perfect for fathers day. Thanks sweets x

  3. gf red velvets are my favourite to make. lovely photo!

  4. yummo! Red velvet... what could be more romantic? And in a CAKE?? Wowsers...

  5. I'm happy you have experienced red velvet cake. Unbelievably delicious!

  6. i think i tried my first one this year!

  7. @Sarah B
    Hi Sarah, I agree, that is a crazy amount! My sister did mention that you can easily use less food colouring - it just doesn't go as red.

  8. My mother is from North Carolina & red velvet is a staple in the southern states; I haven't had one of these in yrs. Thanks for a trip down memory lane!

  9. I love a red velvet cake, so rich and decadent. Thank you for the recipe!


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