The classic red velvet cake – an iconic, much-loved classic that has been around for decades! Every pastry chef has their recipe for this visually stunning cake! The red color is courtesy of plenty of red food coloring and cocoa powder. My simple recipe made with homemade buttermilk yields a moist, tender and delicious cake! I frost the cake with a simple cream cheese frosting and to garnish the cake, chocolate covered strawberries! I love the simple yet elegant finish. This cake is perfect for special occasions or for the holidays!
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History of Red Velvet Cake
The history of the original red velvet cake can be traced back to the 1920’s, when this cake was served in the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. Housewives picked up the recipe and began serving it for Christmas and Valentine’s Day. The color of the cake comes from cocoa powder and red food coloring, which lends this cake that deep rich red mahogany color. A cake that has been around for almost a hundred years deserves a special place in every baker’s kitchen. I’m proud of this beautiful version!
How to Make Red Velvet Cake
This rich, red-colored cake is actually a chocolate cake in disguise! I make my cake layers with buttermilk, sugar, eggs and butter. The buttermilk helps intensify the red color of the cake! Since buttermilk is not readily available everywhere, I created this recipe with homemade buttermilk – whole milk and vinegar/lemon juice. If you are able to get buttermilk, use that instead.
Next, add in the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. The cocoa powder will add amazing chocolate flavor! This recipe calls for just 2 tablespoons of cocoa. You don’t want to add too much cocoa, otherwise you’ll love the beautiful red color of the cake! Allow the cake layers to cool completely before adding the frosting!
Cream Cheese Frosting
You’ll love the simple and delicious cream cheese frosting I used for this red velvet cake! I even have this recipe in my ‘Back to Cake Basics’ series. For an in-depth tutorial for making this frosting, check out my ‘5-Ingredient Cream Cheese Frosting’ recipe.
For best results, beat the softened cream cheese for 5 to 7 minutes, until it’s really smooth and creamy. You don’t want any clumps in the frosting! To ensure it’s smooth, scrape down the sides of your mixing bowl often to get everything incorporated!
Enjoyed this classic red velvet recipe? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Red Velvet Crepe Cake – rich and red-colored chocolate crepes layered with a fluffy whipped cream frosting!
- Strawberry Red Velvet Cheesecake – rich chocolate cheesecake topped with strawberry mousse and strawberry whipped cream!
- Red Velvet Brownie Cheesecake – you’ll love this red velvet cheesecake prepared on top of a brownie crust, topped with strawberries and cream!
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