Red velvet cake

    1 hour 10 min

    A wonderful recipe for the classic American red velvet cake with a white chocolate cream cheese icing.

    1576 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 250g butter, softened
    • 600g caster sugar
    • 6 eggs
    • 2 tablespoons red food colouring
    • 3 tablespoons best quality cocoa powder
    • 375g plain flour
    • 250ml buttermilk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 tablespoon vinegar
    • Icing
    • 2 (200g) tubs cream cheese
    • 350g white chocolate
    • 250g butter, softened

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas mark 3. Grease and flour three 20cm tins.
    2. In a large bowl, cream 250g butter with sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix food colouring with cocoa and add to mixture.
    3. Add flour alternately with buttermilk. Add vanilla and salt.
    4. Mix bicarbonate of soda with vinegar, and gently stir into mixture. Be careful not to over mix.
    5. Divide cake mixture into three prepared tins. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Allow to cool.
    6. To make the White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing: Melt the white chocolate and allow to cool to lukewarm. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in melted white chocolate and softened butter. Beat until it is the consistency of whipped cream, then use to fill and ice the cake.

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    Brilliant recipe! People who are having problem with colour that is due to using liquid food colouring!!! NO NO NO!! Use gel colouring (available is asda ) when mixing the cocoa powder mix for about 3 minutes with a spoon it wont really mix much but when you add it to your mix and put your mixer on..voa-la! ITS RED! if you feel like adding more gel food colouring to it go for it do not be scared. WARNING >> it is a concentrate so only add like 1/2 teaspoon at a time. I made lots of cupcakes out of this recipe and people have actually placed orders for them today. happy baking!  -  10 Dec 2012


    Used different ingredients. I had to add icing sugar to the buttercream, as it wasn't sweet enough otherwise. Im not sure if it was mistakenly omitted as other similar recipes do call for icing sugar. it also helps stiffen the buttercream up for easier frosting of the cake. otherwise a great recipe.  -  01 Oct 2010


    I tried this recipe. It tasted really good.. But i had to do A few adjustments. Well if your using a single cake tin you need to bake the cake for about an hour. When you make the frosting, after you beat the cream cheese add the melted chocolate (make sure its cool down) and mix them. Then add butter little by little while mixing. You don't have to add the given amount of butter as it will make the mixture runny.. By doing this i had a perfect cake and perfect frosting..  -  05 Jan 2013