Red Velvet Cake


This red velvet cake recipe is a family favorite. A classic cake for the Christmas holiday!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
1 2-layer 9-inch cake



  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • ½ cup shortening

  • 2 eggs

  • 4 tablespoons red food coloring

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda


  • 1 cup milk

  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 9-inch round pans.

  2. Make the cake: Beat 1 1/2 cups sugar and shortening together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine red food coloring and cocoa to make a paste; add to creamed mixture.

  3. Mix buttermilk, salt, and 1 teaspoon vanilla together in a small bowl. Add flour, alternating with buttermilk mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Mix vinegar and baking soda together; gently fold into cake batter and pour into prepared pans.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool, about 30 minutes.

  5. Make the icing: Heat milk and flour in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Set aside to cool completely.

  6. Meanwhile, beat sugar, butter, and vanilla together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add cooled flour mixture and beat until frosting is a good spreading consistency. Frost cake layers when completely cool.

    close up view of a slice of Red Velvet Cake with white icing on a black plate
    Brittany McBride

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

513 Calories
26g Fat
67g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 513
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 503mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 124mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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