Red Velvet Pound Cake

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 70 min. + cooling


16 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
This delicious red velvet pound cake is the perfect combination of flavors. Make sure the cake has cooled before icing it; for extra crunch sprinkle some roasted pecans on top. —Robin Smith, Old Fort, North Carolina
Red Velvet Pound Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 bottles (1 ounce each) red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • ICING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in food coloring and extracts (mixture may appear curdled). In another bowl, whisk flour, baking cocoa, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating after each addition just until combined.
  3. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 70-75 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. For icing, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Spread over cake; sprinkle with pecans. Store in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 639 calories, 30g fat (14g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 281mg sodium, 87g carbohydrate (67g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.