Homemade Red Velvet Cake With Cooked Frosting

Homemade Red Velvet Cake With Cooked Frosting

The Spruce / Bahareh Niati

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 32 mins
Total: 47 mins
Servings: 12 to 16 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
449 Calories
27g Fat
50g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 16
Amount per serving
Calories 449
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 16g 82%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 360mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 77mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This red velvet cake recipe is made with butter, eggs, vanilla, red gel food coloring, cocoa, buttermilk, and other ingredients. A favorite red velvet cake recipe with cooked frosting or use a homemade or ready-made cream cheese frosting for this popular cake.

Use gel or paste food coloring for the most vivid color. Make the frosting ahead of the cake and give it plenty of time to cool before frosting.

Ingredients

For the Frosting:

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup milk (or cream)

  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cake:

  • 12 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to the recipe, this red velvet cake is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Whisk together flour and milk in a saucepan and cook, stirring, until thickened.

    milk and flour in a saucepan

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  3. Transfer to a small bowl and cool in refrigerator.

    milk and flour mixture in a bowl

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  4. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer.

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  5. Add cooled flour and milk mixture a little at a time.

    flour mixture added to the butter mixture in the bowl, hand mixer

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  6. Beat well for several minutes or until mixture is not grainy, adding milk (or cream) as needed. Set aside while baking cake.

    frosting in a bowl

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Make the Red Velvet Cake

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Homemade Red Velvet Cake With Cooked Frosting ingredients

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  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Generously grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans or two 9-inch cake pans.

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  3. Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.

    butter and sugar mixture in a bowl, hand mixer

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  4. Add eggs and beat 1 minute longer. Beat in vanilla until blended.

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  5. Combine cocoa, food coloring, and 2 tablespoons water in a separate bowl.

    Combine cocoa, food coloring, and 2 tablespoons water in a bowl

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  6. Beat red cocoa into egg creamed mixture.

    Beat red cocoa into egg creamed mixture in a bowl

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  7. Combine flour and salt in a separate bowl.

    flour and salt in a bowl

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  8. Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk to batter, beating on low to medium speed.

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  9. Combine baking soda and vinegar in a cup.

    Combine baking soda and vinegar in a cup

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  10. Add soda-vinegar mixture to cake batter.

    Add soda-vinegar mixture to cake batter, hand mixer

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  11. Spoon batter evenly into greased and floured cake pans. Bake for 22 to 28 minutes.

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  12. Cool completely on wire racks.

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  13. Remove from pans and frost tops and sides.

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Tips

  • Bundt Cake Conversion: Bake the cake in a generously greased and floured 12- to 15-cup Bundt cake pan, but allow more time. Check for doneness with a long wooden or bamboo skewer. It could take up to twice as long to bake. Use a thin cake glaze to ice a Bundt cake.
  • To make superfine sugar from granulated sugar, measure the amount you need for the frosting into a food processor. Process for about 2 minutes, or until the grains are quite fine. Let the dust settle before you lift the lid off the food processor.​