Lookin’ a little different ’round here! I am still working out some kinks and trying to get the blog more organized, but a HUGE thanks goes out to Seth from Boy Meets Food for jazzing my site up.

I know you must be thinking… ‘another boring red velvet cake recipe?’

Not quite.

I can assure you that is one of the best red velvet cakes I have ever had. In fact, it is the best. And it is pretty simple, too.

This recipe comes from a family friend who is famous for this red velvet cake. We have dubbed her ‘Pretty Patty,’ because . . . well, she is gorgeous and just the sweetest soul. She is also an incredible baker. She is probably one of the people who has influenced my love of baking.

She has made this cake for all of our birthdays, graduation parties, and other spectacular events. ‘Round these parts, our graduation parties were larger than my wedding. Which was large.

Does that make us trashy? Maybe. But we know how to party.

I love the color of the batter. It compliments my love of glitter and sparkles.

I guess it could also make me appear flaky and immature. Either way, pink batter makes me happy. And it stains my hands.

My first 3 attempts at this cake failed miserably. It was actually pretty humorous – one day I will share the photos. Luckly, I have learned to calm my drama-queen attitude down.

I now leave the drama queen behavior up to my husband. He has mastered that art.

I used 2 mini cake pans – about 4 inches around. This way, we had a cute, tiny cake to eat, and I was able to fit into my pants the next few days. Thank goodness for small pans.

5 layers of pure deliciousness. Amazing…

Cream cheese frosting is the only icing that I truly love. I don’t think a red velvet cake is complete without cream cheese frosting.

Neither is my life. That’s why I eat it so often.

My friend, Caitlin, has never had red velvet cake. Caitlin, this is a sin. Come over now so I can fatten you up.

Red Velvet Cake

3/4 cup shortening

2 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs

3 tablespoon cocoa

3 tablespoon red food coloring

3 cups cake flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cup buttermilk

1 1/3 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 tablespoon vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour cake pan/pans.

Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs. Slowly add cocoa and food coloring. Soft together cake flour and salt. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk beginning and ending with flour. Add in vanilla and beat for 2 minutes.

Mix baking soda and vinegar together. Add and stir until combined.

Bake for 30 minutes.



Cream Cheese Frosting

3-8oz blocks of cream cheese

1 stick of butter, softened

1/2 tablespoon vanilla

~ 16 oz powdered sugar (1 bag)

Cream butter and cream cheese. Add in vanilla. Gradually stir in powdered sugar until the frosting reaches desired consistency.

This cake is moist and full of light flavor. Sure, red velvet cake may just be good ‘old chocolate cake, but I love complicating things.

I guess I still have a little diva left in me.

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120 Responses to “Red Velvet Cake.”

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    Melissa — January 20, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

    I am obsessed with red velvet cake. I was SO close to buying a red velvet cupcake the other night, but figured since I was already buying 2, I’d try it another day.

    Cream cheese frosting is the absolute best!


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    Naomi (onefitfoodie) — January 20, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

    WHOA I LOVE YOUR SITE!! and your pics of yourself are beautiful! where have you been hiding?!?!

    this cake looks almost as godo as your new blog LOL :) just kidding it IS as good!! cream cheese frosting to me is pure foodgasm. I love it on anything and its so dangerous I could eat a whole tub of the stuff!

    now come over and bring me a slice?? :)


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    Meg @ be bit bef ull — January 20, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

    Oh wow…your new site looks fantastic! Love it!
    I have a confession – I have never tried red velvete cake either :)


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    Blond Duck — January 20, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

    I love the new look! My friend’s b-day is in March and she loves Red Velvet–I’ll have to make this for her!!!


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    Sarah — January 20, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

    I can’t be on the right site…I can be…*screams* I AM! Omgosh, it looks great! The cake and the new blog look. :) Especially if you like pink. :P Pink’s okay for me as long as it’s not on me. Too girly for me. :D


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    Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) — January 20, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    K, obvi not the first to comment but I really LOVE the layout.. it looks so bright and totally professional!! :)


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    Kacy — January 20, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

    LOOOOOVE the new look. I really need to do something about my blog…

    That cake looks amazing. Red Velvet is one of my faves, and that sucker is a mile high!


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    homecookedem — January 20, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

    Your new look is so gorgeous!! Very sweet and girly!! :) Love it!!

    Your cake is so gorgeous!! I lurve red velvet.


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    Jamie (Food in Real Life) — January 20, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

    The site looks beautiful! And wow that cake looks incredible. I’ve never had red velvet before and it is so pretty! Did you ever see Steel Magnolias when they have that Armadillo cake with the red velvet inside? Hilarious!


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    Kristen @ Change of Pace — January 20, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

    LOVE the site girl! So professional and cute! I’m wondering those words should be used together ;) The cake looks awesome too!


  11. #
    Linda — January 20, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

    Love the new site. The cake looks amazing.


  12. #
    Jenny — January 20, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

    OMG red velvet cake is my FAVORITE! Yum! Thanks for sharing, and I think having multiple levels is genious, more of that delicious icing :)


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    Megan — January 20, 2010 @ 5:26 pm

    Love the new look! Looks great! (The cake looks amazing, too!! Can’t wait to try the recipe out!)


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    intheskinny — January 20, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

    I love the red velvet recipes. I’m planning on making the red velvet cookies for my kids cooking class next week – they were already excited when I mentioned it!


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    Gracie @ Girl Meets Health — January 20, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

    Oh my goodness, your new layout looks AMAZING! Seriously! I absolutely loveeee me some cupcakes ;) And red velvet cake?! Girl, you are quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs =)


  16. #
    Sarah — January 20, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

    The first time I had red velvet cake was about 8 years ago. Not a huge cake flavor in New England. I was in love at first bite!


  17. #
    Nicole — January 20, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

    Jess – blog looks amazing! Great “face lift”!


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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — January 20, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

    I love the new look!!! I wish I could get a new look for my blog – but I am so technology stupid, I don’t even know where to start.

    I have never tried red velvet cake either :-) I guess that better go on my to-do list!


  19. #
    Dorothy — January 20, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

    Holy smokes! FIVE layers of red velvet! That is awesome :)


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    april — January 20, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

    You make the most beautiful desserts! I always wondered why red velvet cakes tasted so much better than regular.. I still don’t know to be honest! haha.

    And I’d love more information on carb cycling! How long should you do it for the benefits? And what does a typical carb up day look like?


  21. #
    Shelley — January 20, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

    i lovee red velvet cake- looks delicious! andd your new format is great


  22. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — January 20, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

    Your site looks great… Love the red velvet cake, too. Gorgeous!


  23. #
    Pink Panda — January 20, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

    Yum. I want some of that ASAP!


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    Allie (Live Laugh Eat) — January 20, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

    I LOVE the new look!! Your glamour shot on the right is pretty gorgey too.

    Red velvet cake looks AMAZING! I love all those layers!


  25. #
    vebe — January 20, 2010 @ 11:39 pm

    that’s awesome!!!


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    sidarieva — January 21, 2010 @ 12:56 am

    I love that cake!!!We don’t make it in Greece, but I think it is a lovely birthday idea!!! And the site is super!!!!Thanks for sharing. Greetings from Greece!!!!Eva


  27. #
    sophia — January 21, 2010 @ 1:02 am

    Seth did a TERRIFIC job!!! your new layout looks STUNNING! I love it, Jessica!
    Your red velvet cake reminded me of the whoopie pie I had!


  28. #
    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — January 21, 2010 @ 5:16 am

    Num, Num, Num!


  29. #
    Nicole — January 21, 2010 @ 6:23 am

    LOVE the new look…it’s wonderful! Congrats! The red velvet looks to die for, too!


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    Emily (The Experimentarian) — January 21, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    Oooh, ain’t nothin wrong with loving pink cake batter! red velvet is one of my faves…oh who am I kidding, CAKE in general is one of my faves, especially with lots of yummy frosting! I love the new look–it seems very “you.” I saw on April’s comments that you had tried carb cycling before. I am very curious to know how it worked for you and how you implemented it into your diet. I am not sure if I’m going to do it myself, but I think the concept is very interesting! Thanks lady! xoxo


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    Simply Life — January 21, 2010 @ 7:00 am

    The new site looks great – as does that cake!!!


  32. #
    katie — January 21, 2010 @ 8:03 am

    yumm! this is my FAV kind of cake ever!! ..well besides ice cream cake or cookie cake


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    Tracy — January 21, 2010 @ 8:14 am

    Wow does that look good, and so very RED – gorgeous! Your site is looking super cute too!!


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    Karin — January 21, 2010 @ 8:46 am

    Love the new layout! I’m also a sinner and have never tried red velvet cake before. Must make some asap!!


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    Lara (Thinspired) — January 21, 2010 @ 9:03 am

    The blog makeover looks great! So unique and eye-catching. And looking at cupcakes always makes me happy :)

    I only “discovered” red velvet cake about a year ago, when I finally tried some at Christmas. It was love at first bite. I have heard they can be tricky to make at home, something about the vinegar being difficult to work with? Anyway, your photos are gorgeous. I probably won’t try this at home (red food die + my poor baking skills = asking for trouble), you can invite me over to be your sampler any day ;)


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    Art and Appetite — January 21, 2010 @ 11:57 am

    Jessica, thanks for this recipe. I’ve been long searching for a good red velvet recipe. I so can’t wait to try this. This would be perfect!


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    Mrs. Practically Pefect — January 24, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    My husband is a huge fan of red velvet cake, but I haven’t been able to eat it for years. It’s all the fault of one of my dad’s patients. She was the sweetest little old lady and she made him a Christmas Tree shaped cake one year when I was in elementary school. It looked so pretty, and then we all had some and it just REEKED of cigarette smoke. Yuck! We had to throw it out, and I’ve never had any since then! But perhaps I should try it again…


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    Ray " cakes " — February 1, 2010 @ 10:50 pm

    Thank you, I went to the website and it’s great.


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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — December 17, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

    Jessica, I am just wondering how many pans this red velvet cake batter would fill if I used a rectangle 9×13 pan? How long would I bake it? Did you try it like that at all?

    I don’t have mini round pans, but I really want to make this cake!!



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    brittany — December 20, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    Could this be turned into cupcakes?? Yum…


    • Jessica — December 20th, 2010 @ 8:35 pm



  41. #
    Anna — January 26, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    oooo i definitely want to try this recipe!!
    would you need to double it for a standard 8 or 9″ pan?


  42. #
    Porsha — January 30, 2011 @ 10:34 pm


    I really want to try this recipe and I’m a novice when it comes to baking, how did you make this cake exactly? Did you bake a few pans worth of the batter to layer it then between the layers apply the icing? Thanks!


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    Jen — March 10, 2011 @ 3:05 pm


    Do you know approximately how many people this recipe “feeds”? I was pointed towards this recipe from Jenna at eatliverun when I asked for a red velvet recipe. It looks delish! I’m going to need to make it bigger though, can I just double or even triple the recipe? Or would anything not be completely doubled?



    • Jessica — March 10th, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

      Hi Jen! You should be able to get 2 8-inch cakes out of that recipe, but I would probably go with a 9 x 13 cake pan and frost it. I think you may get more out of it that way. I honestly can’t say if you should try doubling it. Red velvet can be very tricky with the whole vinegar, baking soda thing. Do you have time to do a trial run before you make it? How many are you looking to feed? I’d say in a 9 x 13 pan this would probably feed 10-12? Depending on how you cut the slices.


      • Jen — March 10th, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

        Thanks so much for your quick response! I think I may try making two separate batches, and making two 9 x 13 cakes & then layering them. The vinegar/baking soda thing does scare me a little. ha. I’ll let you know how it goes!

        • Jessica — March 10th, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

          Good luck! Just be really patient and take your time. This recipe has been passed down through my family for years so I know it works 100%, though sometimes I still have a major red velvet fail. Let me know! :)

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    Jen — March 11, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    one last question! What type of vinegar do you use? I’m assuming just white vinegar?


    • Jessica — March 11th, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

      yes – white!


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    Jen Papaya — April 25, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    I’ve now made this cake twice and i ADORE it!! So delicious – and a HUGE hit! When you say “shortening” I assume you do in fact mean Crisco. Can I use butter instead?


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    Lauren — May 20, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    how can i convert this recipe into cupcakes? thanks!!


    • Jessica — May 20th, 2011 @ 10:38 am

      You can just make it and put it in cupcake tins… it should make about 24 I think? I would cook for 18-22 minutes, but that will depend on your oven, so check after 18-20.


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    Susie3Dbakes — May 26, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    AMAZING!!! After many failed attempts at baking this cake, I figured I’ed give it one last try. I looked over at my husband and said “babe if this one doesn’t come out right I’m done, I’ll never try it again!” So as I jump up and down in my kitchen.. I did it & It came out perfect!!! Thank you so much for the recipe Jessica & thanks to Pretty Patty for sharing it with you!! <3


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    Irmak — June 6, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    What kind of food coloring do you use?


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    Carly — July 8, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    I’m making a 3-layer cake and worried that the frosting isn’t sturdy enough to hold it up. What is your experience with this?


    • Jessica — July 9th, 2011 @ 9:08 am

      If you find that it isn’t sturdy enough, just add more powdered sugar to thicken it up!


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    hannah — November 9, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    can i replace the shortening with veg oil?? and what is the measurement


    • Jessica — November 9th, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

      I can’t say as I’ve never tried it, but I would not suggest doing that. I would think the texture would be completely different and red velvet cake is pretty finicky to make to begin with.



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