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I wanted to make something creative for Christmas, but I didn't want to make a simple red velvet cake. So this is what I came up with! A very colorful red and green velvet cake! This is fairly simple, and meant to prevent dirtying up a lot of dishes.

Recipe Summary

25 mins
30 mins
1 hr 10 mins
15 mins
1 9x12-inch sheet cake


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Grease a 9x13-inch sheet pan.

  • Mash vegetable shortening and sugar together in a large bowl until smooth and creamy; beat in eggs until fully incorporated.

  • Stir buttermilk, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla extract into the shortening mixture until the liquid ingredients are an even color and texture.

  • Sift flour into the liquid ingredients until combined.

  • Pour half the batter into a separate bowl.

  • Lightly stir red food color into one bowl of batter and green food color into the other bowl of batter.

  • Quickly fold 3/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar into the bowl of red batter; quickly fold 3/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar into the bowl of green batter.

  • Pour the red and green batters into the prepared sheet pan in alternating colors.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cake is lightly browned on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Cook's Note:

I prefer to ice this cake with a buttercream icing, sometimes simple white icing if I don't have the buttercream on me. If you're using two 9-inch round pans, you could easily make one layer red and one layer green instead of alternating the colors in both layers.

Nutrition Facts

290 calories; protein 4.6g; carbohydrates 46.4g; fat 9.9g; cholesterol 31.8mg; sodium 385mg. Full Nutrition