Classic Red Velvet Cake


A perfectly balanced and moist red velvet cake recipe that will not fail to please you.

Classic Red Velvet Cake w/ Cream Cheese frosting

Servings 10
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Resting & Frosting 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins


For the Cake (*all ingredients should be at room temperature)

  • 100 gm Unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 300 gm Fine Grandulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 2 Nos Large eggs
  • 275 gm Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup Buttermilk (Laban) *Recipe for homemade Buttermilk in the Notes
  • 1-2 tsp Red food color
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp White vinegar

For the Cream cheese frosting

  • 170 gm Unsalted butter softened
  • 340 gm Cream cheese room temp
  • 360 gm Powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 1 pinch Salt


  • Prepare 2 9-inch or 8-inch pans by oiling and flouring the pans and lining with parchment paper.
  • Whip softened butter, oil and granulated sugar for few minutes until light and fluffy, followed by the vanilla essence.
  • Add the eggs one at a time and beat.
  • In a small bowl, combine all purpose flour with unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Add the flour mix alternating with the buttermilk in 3 parts, starting and ending with flour.
  • **Add in the red food colouring 1 tsp at a time until you get the desired colour.
  • Into a small bowl with baking soda add the white vinegar and mix. Quickly add this to the batter and give it a final mix.
  • Divide the batter equally into the prepared pans and tap a few times on the countertop to get rid of air bubbles.
  • Bake in a 325 F preheated oven for 25 mins in a 9-inch pan. (Check if the cake is done at about 20 – 22 mins with a skewer. It should come out clean.) Cool in the pan for 15 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In the meantime prepare to prepare the yummy cream cheese frosting. Beat butter until it turns pale and fluffy.
  • Continue to beat, adding cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Keep beating until light and fluffy.
  • Refrigerate the frosting if its too runny, while you level the cake layers. Lining the serving plate with strips of parchment paper makes cleanup easier.
  • Fill the cake layers with approx. 1 cup cream cheese frosting and give a crumb coat (a light coat of the frosting to lock the crumbs in) and chill in the refrigerator for 20 mins.
  • Spread the final layer of frosting and decorate as you wish using the cake crumbs. Refrigerate for at least an hour so that the cake can set in order to get clean cuts.  Super moist and flavorful red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting is ready to serve. Enjoy!!


  • I used red gel food colouring here. The quantity used and colour will vary depending on the type and brand of the food colouring used.
  • The frosting recipe is just enough to fill and coat a 2-layer cake and to decorate a bit.
Homemade buttermilk recipe:
  1. Mix 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup full-fat yoghurt and 1 tsp white vinegar. Let sit for 5 min.
  2. Mix 1 cup Full-fat milk and 1 tbsp white vinegar. Stir and sit for 5 – 10 min.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Birthday cake, mothers day cake, valentines day cake

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