Rainbow Velvet Cakes – Red

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Servings: 10-12
Cuisine: American
Recipe Info

This Red Velvet Cake recipe is made from scratch for the best flavor and a moist, tender crumb that pairs wonderfully with a tangy, sweet cream cheese frosting. This is a classic cake recipe for a 2-layer red velvet cake that is quite possibly the best red velvet cake recipe in the world.

Red Velvet Cake:
3 cups cake flour, scooped & leveled (354g)
1 t baking soda
3 T unsweetened cocoa powder (22g)
½ t salt
½ cup salted butter, softened (113g)
2 cups granulated sugar (400g)
1 cup vegetable oil (224g)
3 eggs, room temperature
1 T vanilla extract
1 T distilled white vinegar
2 T red liquid food coloring or 1 T gel food coloring
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature (240g)

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
½ cup salted butter, softened (113g)
4 cups powdered sugar (520g)
2-3 Tablespoons cream or milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

For the cake:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two 9-inch or 8-inch cake pans with circles of parchment paper in the bottoms and spray the sides. Set aside. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
Beat the butter and sugar together on high speed for 3-4 minutes in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until light and creamy. Add the oil and mix again, scraping the sides of the bowl.
Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla, beating on medium-high speed between each addition until combined. Add vinegar and food coloring (affiliate link), using as much food coloring (affiliate link) as needed to get the desired color.
Turn mixer to low speed and add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk in 2-3 additions, mixing just until combined between each addition and scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl as needed.
Transfer batter to the prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes (for 9-inch pans) or 38-43 minutes (for 8-inch pans) until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean with just a few crumbs. Do not overbake. Remove from oven and cool completely.

For the frosting:
Beat the cream cheese and butter together in a large bowl using a handheld mixer until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and cream or milk and mix on low speed until incorporated, then increase speed and beat for 2 minutes. Add vanilla and salt and beat again.

Level the cakes (if needed) so the tops are flat. Save scraps to crumble and use for decorating. Frost with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle the top of the cake with the reserved crumbs. Slice and serve.

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