Red Velvet Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Cake

Victoria Wall Harris / Photodisc / Getty Images

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 12 to 16 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
492 Calories
27g Fat
59g Carbs
6g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 16
Amount per serving
Calories 492
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 244mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 47g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 132mg 3%
*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 modern and easy. With a nice added crunch of chopped pecans it's sure to be a favorite among family and friends. If you want to make something guests can easily serve themselves, you can also make red velvet cupcakes.


  • 1 box two-layer white cake mix

  • 1 (3.5-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 2 ounces food coloring

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C/Gas 4.

  3. Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, cocoa, vinegar, milk, oil, and food coloring; beat for 4 minutes on medium speed, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl several times.

  4. Grease and flour three 8-inch round cakes pans. Distribute the batter among the pans evenly.

  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center.

  6. Cool the cake on racks.

Make the Frosting:

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth and light. Add vanilla and confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth.

  3. Spread frosting over layers and sides, sprinkling each layer with chopped pecans.

  4. Serve and enjoy!