Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting is one of my all-time favorite cakes. Most of us would love it!! This recipe gives a soft, buttery, moist, decadent chocolate flavored along with vanilla, velvet textured cake. Sounds tempting, yumm!!

I would say red velvet cake as the queen among the cakes. I prepared it for my birthday and this cake made my birthday special . The cream cheese frosting added inbetween the layers of cake and on top made it more rich and creamy.

Refer my page Cream Cheese Frosting to check the recipe for the icing. The quantity mentioned in the ingredients in the page is enough to layer an one kg. cake.

If you would ask me to describe red velvet cake, I would say it is a vanilla cake with mild cocoa flavor, tangy taste from buttermilk & vinegar and colored red. Either beetroot or food coloring can be used to color it red. In this recipe, I have used red food coloring.

The day I baked, I had a big challenge regarding the lights as it was dark the whole day. As the kitchen light is yellow, I have modified it the level best to explain the recipe clear.

The recipe I have shared makes 1 kg. cake. I have made it as two 500 gms. cake. In one 500 gms. cake, I added food coloring and in another 500 gms. cake, I used food coloring gel to check the difference in color. Food coloring gel gave a good bright red color.

I used electric hand beater to beat one 500 gms. cake and I used the normal mixer jar to prepare the next 500 gms. cake. In both the case, the cake turned out fluffy, moist. So if you do not have an electric hand beater or kitchenaid, even a regular mixer jar in your home can make these cakes.

All the ingredients used in this recipe should be in normal room temperature. The key is to beat the butter till it turns light and fluffy. Otherwise the cake will turn dense. These are the key points to note. Otherwise, it is the regular process throughout.

The icing for the cake was done by my daughter, Adina. You can make it more professionally. We have used simple ideas for icing.

Definitely this is a mouth-watering recipe❤


I have shared the quantity for both 500 gms. cake and 1 kg. cake. You can either make it as two 500 kg. cake or as one 1 kg. cake.


  • All-purpose flour- 155 gms.
  • Sugar- 150 gms.
  • Unsalted Butter- 55 gms. ( room temperature)
  • Vegetable oil- 100 gms.
  • Buttermilk- 120 ml.
  • Egg- 1
  • Vinegar- 1/2 tsp
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder- 1 tbsp
  • Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
  • Baking powder- 1/4th tsp
  • Salt- 1/4th tsp
  • Red food coloring/ food gel- 1 tbsp or as needed
  • Vanilla essence- 1 tsp.


  • All-purpose flour- 310 gms.
  • Sugar- 300 gms.
  • Unsalted Butter- 110 gms. ( room temperature)
  • Vegetable oil- 200 gms.
  • Buttermilk- 240 ml.
  • Eggs- 2
  • Vinegar- 1 tsp
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder- 2 tbsp
  • Baking soda- 1 tsp
  • Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Red food coloring/ food gel- 2 tbsp or as needed
  • Vanilla essence- 2 tsp.


  • Cream cheese frosting– Refer my recipe in the page and the ingredients mentioned there is sufficient to do icing on the cake.


As I mentioned above, I made two 500 gm. cakes. You can also make as one 1 kg. cake and slice it into two and layer with icing.

All the ingredients used in this recipe should be in room temperature.

Sieve all the dry ingredients- all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, unsweetened cocoa powder.
Stir it together and keep it separate.
Take the room temperature butter in a bowl.
Add the granulated sugar.
Start beating it using an electric hand beater and beat till the butter turns light and fluffy.
You can also beat the butter first to light and then add the sugar.
Butter starts to turn light. This step is important to make the cake fluffy or the cake will turn dense.
Now add the egg. If you are making 1 kg. cake, add one egg at a time and beat it till it is well combined after each addition.
After the egg, add the oil.
Beat till it is combined well.
Add the buttermilk now.
Then the vanilla essence.
Add vinegar.
Beat everything well till it is combined.
Now add all the dry ingredients.
Now mix everything till it is combined well.

Now add the food coloring/food gel. Add the quantity as needed.
This is the final color I got using food color.
Now take a baking pan. Cover with baking paper or grease all the corners with butter and dust with little flour on top. Add the batter to the pan.
Ready to go into oven.
This is the color I got from food coloring gel.
Keep it in a preheated oven and bake it at 170 degree celsius for 40 to 45 minutes.
Toothpick inserted in the center of the cake should come out clean. It is done.
After 5 minutes, transfer it to the cooling rack. The cake should cool down completely before doing icing.
Left is the cake made using food gel. The cakes are cooled down completely. I leveled the cakes on top surface for icing. Do not throw the crumbles out.
Fill the piping bag with cream cheese frosting. You can fill the icing in the piping bag, refrigerate for 30 minutes and then pipe it for excellent results.
Now fill the icing inbetween as much as you need. My daughter helped me with this.
Place another cake on top.
Now start with icing on top and level it.
Now on the sides and level it.
You can use a bread knife to do this. It spreads easily.
Now crumble the leftover pieces of cake and spread it on top of the cake and on the sides.
Ready. Refrigerate the cake for 2 hours. It will set itself.
Some more decorations on top.
A cake slice. Top of the cake is with food color and the bottom with food coloring gel.


  • The whole cake batter can be prepared in a mixer jar starting with butter if you do not have electric hand beater.
  • Butter should be beaten to light and fluffy.
  • Beat one egg at a time.
  • All the ingredients should be in room temperature.
  • Refrigerate the cake for 2 hours to set. Then you can place it out for 20 to 30 minutes before slicing. The temperature of the room should not be hot. Otherwise cream cheese will start to melt.
  • Baking time varies from oven to oven. Toothpick coming out clean when inserted in the center makes clear that the cake is cooked completely.
  • Using red food colouring gel gives best results. Do not place the batter to bake in oven until it is red in colour.