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Horizontal image of a slice of red velvet cake on a gray stand.

Rich and Vibrant Red Velvet Cake

  • Author: Nikki Cervone
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


Red velvet cake is a rich and dreamy dessert with an unforgettably gorgeous bright color. Serve up a slice!


  • Cooking oil spray
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4 cups frosting*


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of 3 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper, and spray the entire pan with a nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Combine the buttermilk, canola oil, red food coloring, and vanilla in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and salt at high speed. Add the eggs one at a time at medium-high speed, mixing fully after each egg. Scrape the bowl down and re-mix.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, alternate between adding the dry mixture and wet mixture until everything is incorporated, and a soft, thick batter forms.
  6. Divide evenly between the three prepared pans. Immediately bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean with a few crumbs sticking to it.
  7. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 15 minutes before removing them, them allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. Once the cake rounds are completely cool, frost and decorate as you wish!


*Use your favorite flavor of icing – anything goes! For sweet inspiration, try Foodal’s recipes for vanilla buttercream or Swiss meringue buttercream.

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: cake, red velvet cake, buttermilk, red velvet, Valentine's Day