An impressive three-layer distinctively red cake with a rich cream cheese frosting the family will love -- great for special occasions.

Recipe Summary

additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

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

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  • Prepare Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray three 8-inch round cake pans with baking spray; set aside.

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  • Combine oil and granulated sugar in large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed. Blend in vinegar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well blended after each addition. Add red food coloring; beat until combined.

  • Combine flour, cocoa powder and baking soda in medium bowl. Add to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk. Beat on low speed until blended after each addition. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.

  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans on wire racks 5 minutes. Remove cakes from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

  • Prepare Frosting: Place cream cheese and butter in medium bowl; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed 1 to 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; blend until smooth.

  • Assemble cake by placing one cake layer onto cake plate or cardboard cake round. Spread with some of the frosting. Place second and third cake layers over first with more frosting between layers. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Garnish with pecans, if desired.

Cook's Tips

No 8-inch round cake pans on hand? Disposable cake pans can be purchased at the grocery store. Cake also can be baked in two 9-inch round cake pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cooled 9-inch cakes can be wrapped, frozen and cut in half horizontally. Frost as directed, to make a 4-layer cake option.

Transporting cupcakes? Spray a thin layer of PAM on the plastic wrap to prevent frosting from sticking.

Nutrition Facts

670 calories; protein 8.5g 17% DV; carbohydrates 95.8g 31% DV; fat 30.7g 47% DV; cholesterol 88.5mg 30% DV; sodium 208mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (24)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2014
I used vegetable oil instead of canola. It was good to me but my son said it should have been sweeter. Maybe next time I add 1/4 cup of extra sugar. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/04/2019
I made this for my husband's birthday.... The recipe is so odd. The cake has almost no flavor and the icing is insanely sweet. It definitely looks impressive but flavour wise is a big miss. Read More
26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2014
I used vegetable oil instead of canola. It was good to me but my son said it should have been sweeter. Maybe next time I add 1/4 cup of extra sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2015
Just made it and the cake is delicious. Frosting made it that much better! Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2015
everyone loved overhere it was really fluffy and velvety.... I didn't make the frosting and made a low fat creamcheese icing to reduce the calories Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2019
I followed some of the reviews and did 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa and another 1/2 cup of sugar. The icing was thin for me so added another cup of confectioners sugar and a pinch of salt. My daughter wanted chocolate flakes on top so that s what we did and yum!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2018
This one turns out every time. My husbands traditional birthday cake. I do use a red velvet suspension for the flavoring and color though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2018
I've made three of these already and other people want me to make them one also. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2017
Good but I wouldn't say exceptional. I used close to 1/4 cup cocoa given another reviewer's remarks that some flavor seemed to be missing and a pinch of salt. Still seemed to be missing something that would make it a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2018
This is a delicious recipe! Not too sweet not too rich! That is a definite turn off for me. Every one at Christmas dinner raved about it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2018
This aws so beatiful yummy mmmmmmmmmm! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
11/04/2019
I made this for my husband's birthday.... The recipe is so odd. The cake has almost no flavor and the icing is insanely sweet. It definitely looks impressive but flavour wise is a big miss. Read More