Easy red velvet cake

Easy red velvet cake


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About this recipe: A moist, light cake that's coloured red, frosted with a vanilla cream cheese icing and covered with chopped nuts. Once your friends and family taste this, it'll become a regular request!


Serves: 12 

  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 225ml vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 225ml buttermilk
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons red food colouring
  • For the cream cheese frosting
  • 225g cream cheese
  • 110g butter, softened
  • 450g icing sugar
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 60g chopped nuts (optional)

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:55min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease or line three 20cm round cake tins.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, oil and eggs. Add food colouring and vinegar to buttermilk. Add bicarbonate of soda to flour. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the sugar-egg mixture. Mix well. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour mixture into prepared cake tins.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Remove and cool on wire racks.
  4. Mix together cream cheese, butter, icing sugar and 1 or 2 teaspoons vanilla. Spread frosting on top of each cake, layer them, then cover the top with the remaining cream cheese icing. Scatter over chopped nuts.

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Reviews (11)


My friend requested a velvet cake for her Birthday, and since I'd never made one before I wanted an easy one. This one came out PERFECTLY and everyone enjoyed it a lot THANK YOU XXX Just don't try and be clever like me and make it blue instead of red as it came out a weird mouldy colour as I had also added cocoa powder...ooops! Will do it by the book next time - 08 Aug 2012


I followed this recipe but the red velvet cake turned into brown cake! Can somebody tell me how to do this cake - 30 Aug 2014


I was really worried about making a red velvet cake because I had never made one before, but not anymore. This recipe is so easy to follow, results is a really tasty cake that everyone loved, Would recommend this recipe to everyone :D thank you so much! - 23 Sep 2013

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