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Red Velvet Cake

My friend Sarah was turning the big 3-0; but unfortunately I had to miss her birthday party. I invited her over for a birthday lunch the weekend after to celebrate and asked her what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday cake. She requested a red velvet cake; which I have never made before–and I definitely didn’t have a recipe for; which is kind of odd considering this is my dad’s absolute favorite cake! I went looking for a recipe–and really wanted a special cake that would not dissapoint. After all, this was for my friend’s birthday milestone. I then learned that Bridget had blogged about comparison of the recipes from several sources! Score! I was excited by the opportunity to try making this from scratch using a recipe that has been tried and recommended. I decided to make the Saveur recipe, that was originally tested by Kelsey from Apple a Day.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This cake, I have to say, turned out so perfect… as a special birthday cake should be! It stood tall, proud and cut beautifully… the kind that looks incredible on a dessert plate at a party. The bright red color was stunning and elegant against the white creamy cream cheese frosting. The cake itself was moist, not overly sweet, along with a bit of tang. It was delicious! I had originally made only one batch of cream frosting from Smitten Kitchen’s version; and as soon I made it, I realized that I would not have had enough to fill three-layers cake, let alone frost the side and the top. Therefore, I went ahead and made another batch. The recipe version I had written below was doubled to reflect the actual amount that I used although I had about 1/4 cup of leftover. I had originally wanted to make caramelized pecans for decorations but ran out of time; so I just arranged some whole pecans on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah was elated; and so was I. So I must say that we found ourselves a winner here. Many thanks to Bridget for test driving all of the recipes for us!

As seen on The Way the Cookie Crumbles From Apple a Day, who adapted it from www.saveur.com

Ingredients

For the cake:
2½ cups cake flour
1½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1½ cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons (1 oz.) red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

For the frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter room temperature
3 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

For the cake:
Preheat oven to 350°.

Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa, and salt into a medium bowl.

Beat eggs, oil, buttermilk, food coloring, vanilla, and vinegar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until well combined. Add dry ingredients and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Divide batter evenly between 3 greased and floured 8×2″ round cake pans. Or, I used (1) 8×2″ and (1) 8×3″ which I split into two layers.

Bake cakes, rotating halfway through, until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Let cakes cool 5 minutes, then invert each onto a plate, then invert again onto a cooling rack. Let cakes cool completely.

For the frosting: (Adapted from Smitten Kitchen, yield ~ 6 cups of frosting)
Place cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl. With a handheld electric mixer, beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat, on low speed to combine. If too soft, chill until slightly stiff, about 10 minutes, before using.

Put 1 cake layer on a cake plate, level off with a serrated knife, and spread one-quarter of the frosting on top. Set another layer on top, level, and repeat frosting. Set remaining layer on top, level, and frost top and sides with the remaining frosting.

Chill for 2 hours to set frosting.

Yield: (1) 8-inch 3-layer cake

   

21 Responses to “Red Velvet Cake”

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    Bridget — January 24, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I love that photo of the single slice! It just screams “birthday celebration”! I’m so glad you enjoyed this.

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    h2babe — January 24, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I agree!! Thanks again ;-)

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    Kelsey — January 24, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I’m so glad you liked the recipe; it’s the only one I’ll ever use! I love the picture of your friend with her cake. That’s what cooking, baking, and sharing food is all about. Beautifully done!

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    h2babe — January 24, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Yes, we loved it–thanks for the recommendation ;-)

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    Sophia — January 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Love red velvet cake!! This looks so delicious! This cake looks delicious! You should consider entering this cake into Recipe4Living’s 5th Birthday Recipe Contest! The site is turning 5 years old, and we’re giving away a Scharffen Berger gift basket to the top birthday cake that’s submitted!

    • h2babe — January 25th, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

      OK, I will check into it for sure, thanks!

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    darcyeats — January 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    This looks fantastic! There is nothing like red velvet!

    • h2babe — January 25th, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

      Thanks-I agree, it was a special one :)

    • Venus Wright — April 22nd, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

      Wow red velvet cake is my favorite cake!!!! My nana makes it for me most of the time but just looking at the picture makes me want to bite into a slice right now!!!! Wow thats a wonderful thing you did for your friend!!

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    rsmacaalay — January 29, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Wow that is an amazing cake, It looks delicious as well

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    Mark — January 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Yum. This would make my birthday soooo much better. Instead of waiting, I’ll just have to make one this week. Thanks.

    • h2babe — January 29th, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

      Happy Early Birthday… ;-) I hope you give this recipe a try!

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    hanah — January 30, 2013 at 6:17 am

    I love that cake which have a beautiful colour!!! how nice! thanks for recommendation!!!!

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    YaYa — November 29, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Made this cake for Thanksgiving and it was a hit….It was good the first day but wowzers day 2, it was amazing!!

    • Yudith — December 15th, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

      Great to hear YaYa!

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