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Classic Red Velvet Cake

This ruby-red cake with it's lovely cream cheese frosting has become my "signature dessert." I can't go to any family function without it. The cake is very moist with a buttery chocolate taste. —Katie Sloan, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring
  • 3 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 5-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the food coloring, vinegar, butter flavoring and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  • Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, combine frosting ingredients; beat until smooth and creamy. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 583 calories, 24g fat (11g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 468mg sodium, 87g carbohydrate (61g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Sheila
    Feb 25, 2019

    I was amazed at how well it turned out. I made both cup cakes and regular cake using this recipe. It was soft and delicious. Didn't do the frosting though but it was still great!

  • Chargett
    Nov 3, 2017

    I thought a chemical reaction of the ingredients of red velvet cake is what turns te batter red... if this is the case why the need for red food coloring in the first placeplace??

  • Toni1954
    Feb 4, 2017

    5 star rating

  • Toni1954
    Feb 4, 2017

    This is the recipe to make red velvet cake, i have to say after so many years of baking this is a r star rating. Fantastic recipe. Perfect.

  • isabelle
    Jan 11, 2017

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  • cskrn
    Oct 24, 2015

    I used this recipe to make red velvet cake balls and they turned out fantastic!

  • barb_gordon56
    Apr 27, 2015

    So very sad, to rate a recipe because you don't like the ingredients. I didn't think that this site was for healthy recipes only. If you don't like the ingredients used, don't make it and don't rate it.

  • ladykjt
    Dec 31, 2014

    No comment left

  • roslynrosebud
    Jun 29, 2014

    It was a little dry

  • Mommerz
    Nov 9, 2012

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