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Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake is an all-time favorite recipe that has a unique cooked frosting that's lusciously creamy.

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45 min
Prep Time
02 hrs 20 min
Total Time



2 1/4 cups cake flour  

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups sugar

3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 (1-ounce) bottle red food color

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup buttermilk  

1 teaspoon vinegar


2/3 cup milk

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla


 *Substitute 2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour. **Substitute 1 tablespoon vinegar plus enough milk to equal 1 cup. Let stand 5 minutes.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch baking pan; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine cake flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in bowl; stir to mix. Set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar and 3/4 cup butter in bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add food color, eggs and vanilla; mix well. Gradually add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk and vinegar, beating at low speed and scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

  4. STEP 4

    Pour cake batter into prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine milk, 2 tablespoons flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 4-6 minutes or until mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Cover surface with plastic food wrap; cool at least 1 hour.

  6. STEP 6

    Combine 2/3 cup sugar, 2/3 cup butter and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Continue beating, gradually adding cooled flour mixture and scraping bowl often, until light and fluffy. Frost cooled cake.

Nutrition (1 serving)

380 Calories
19 Fat (g)
70 Cholesterol (mg)
380 Sodium (mg)
49 Carbohydrates (g)
1 Dietary Fiber
4 Protein (g)
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