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BEST Southern Red Velvet Cake Recipe

There is something so elegant about a red velvet cake.

Easy, moist red velvet cake recipe full of Southern charm with a secret ingredient! Frosted with Cream Cheese frosting!

Maybe it’s the name or that beautiful, bold red color. Or maybe it’s the delicate crumb and lightly chocolatey sweet taste mellow with a tad bit of tang from the buttermilk.

Whatever it is, I’m totally present for all this RED VELVET!!!


Cook time

30 mins

Total time

30 mins

Author: Divas Can Cook

Serves: 2-layer cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened, cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil or canola
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-2 oz. red food coloring, more or less depending on how deep you want the color
  • ½ cup plain hot coffee, prepared (don't skip this ingredient)
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Generously grease and flour (2) 9-inch round cake pans. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the sugar and vegetable oil.
  5. Mix in the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and red food coloring until combined.
  6. Stir in the coffee and white vinegar.
  7. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients a little at a time, mixing after each addition, just until combined. (Batter will be thin)
  8. Pour the batter evenly into each pan.
  9. Bake in the middle rack for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it. Do not over bake as the cake will continue to cook as it cools.
  10. Let pans cool on a cooling rack until the pans are warm to the touch.
  11. Slide a knife or offset spatula around the inside of the pans to loosen the cake from the pan.
  12. Gently remove the cakes from the pan and let them finish cooling. (The warm cake will be very delicate)
  13. Frost the cake with cream cheese frosting when the cakes have cooled completely.

  1. Be sure to not overbake! Check the cake at 30 minutes as some ovens run really hot.
  2. Cakes are really moist and you may need to refrigerate them to firm them up before stacking and frosting.
  3. To bake cupcakes, bake for 18-20 minutes, checking at the 18-minute mark.

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Cake Magazine: BEST Southern Red Velvet Cake Recipe
BEST Southern Red Velvet Cake Recipe
There is something so elegant about a red velvet cake.
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