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Red Velvet Birthday Cake

It was my sister's 22nd birthday a little over a week ago and lucky me, I had a reason to make a cake. I asked her to let me know what kind of cake she wanted and was expecting her typical favorite: chocolate with peanut butter. So, I was super surprised and excited to see that she was challenging me with a cake I had never made before: a red velvet cake! I sort of made my own recipe by combining a few and it was an absolute success! The cake was moist and velvety and there was not one slice leftover. Erica, one of my sister's best friends, even asked, "Where did you buy the cake?" which made my night. I didn't have enough food coloring so it ended up being somewhere between pink, red, and brown. To make this cake for your next birthday party,

Red Velvet Cake
Modified from Martha Stewart and Bon Appetit magazine

For cake:
3/4 Cup unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
2 1/2 Cups cake flour, (not self-rising), sifted, plus more for pans
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 Teaspoons baking powder
2 Cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 Teaspoon salt
2 1-ounce bottles liquid red food coloring
3 Tablespoons lukewarm water
1 Cup buttermilk
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
For frosting:
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 1/2-pint baskets fresh raspberries
3 1/2-pint baskets fresh blueberries

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 8-by-2-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, and butter again. Dust with flour, and tap out the excess; set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together cake flour, cocoa, and baking powder; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Add vanilla, salt, food coloring, and water; beat, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until well combined.
  5. Add reserved dry ingredients in additions, alternating with the buttermilk; beat on low speed until well combined.
  6. In a small bowl, stir together baking soda and vinegar; add to batter. Beat on medium speed for 10 seconds. Be sure not to over beat.
  7. Divide batter between prepared pans, and bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove pans from oven, and transfer to a wire rack to cool, about 15 minutes. Turn cakes out onto rack; let stand until completely cool.
  8. Make frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  9. Place 1 cake layer, flat side up, on platter. Spread 1 cup frosting over top of cake. Arrange 1 basket raspberries and 1/2 basket blueberries atop frosting, pressing lightly to adhere.
  10. Top with second cake layer, flat side down. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Arrange remaining berries decoratively over top of cake. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.)
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
I made this today as a Valentine's Day treat for the family. It was good but I'm annoyed with my husband for saying it looked like raw ground beef encased in fat. :(
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
This was so moist. I added melted white chocolate with coconut to the frosting and it was a hit at the babyshower. Thanks
lompoc lompoc 9 years
Great idea......let me know how it turns out!!
DoeADeer DoeADeer 9 years
My sister LOVES to bake, and I think I'll send this to her so she can bake it for me over the holidays. :) :) :)
lompoc lompoc 9 years
You'll love the red velvet cupcakes, they are perfect for Christmas!!
lompoc lompoc 9 years
It is a great dessert to make for Christmas......being that the cake if a deep beautiful red. The cream cheese frosting make these cupcakes very dedcadant. Use some Christmasy sprinkles on top to make more festive. Good luck, and I hope you like them!!
sweetk8ty76 sweetk8ty76 9 years
I've actually never had red velvet cake, is it that good? I'm looking for desserts for Christmas Eve and Christmas and if it's that much of a hit maybe I should make it. This site is great for recipes.
Babycakes1234 Babycakes1234 9 years
I love Red Velvet Cake. Reminds me of my grandma. It's very old fashioned but very hip these days. I made cupcakes instead of the cake for a party a couple of years ago and everyone raved. Something about that deep red color and the white frosting.
lompoc lompoc 10 years
I am going to make this cake today. It looks delicious, what a great idea to put fresh berries on top!!
mizlynz mizlynz 10 years
That cake looks DELICIOUS. I added this to my favorites!
ishop2much ishop2much 10 years
Thank you, thank you, thank velvet is my favorite. I can't wait to try this!!!!! I'm beyond thrilled!!!
Stir-Fry-Kitty Stir-Fry-Kitty 10 years
I gained 10 pounds on Red Velvet Cake one year.
rawkphish rawkphish 10 years
That looks delish!!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
what a masterpiece yum!
Tech Tech 10 years
Oye gosh! That's a beautiful cake. I adore the unaimed candle and berry placement. So beautiful!
pixiechick pixiechick 10 years
My bf will love that cake. He's not a big fan of chocolate so on his Bday I usually make a cherry cheesecake or carrot cake (which is not my faveorite) . This one looks like it'll be good for both of us!!
esk4 esk4 10 years
haha my boyfriends grandmother made him a velvet cake for his birthday a year or so ago... but she made it green because thats his favorite color and even tho its the same cake it just didn't taste the same
chancleta chancleta 10 years
Wow it looks beautiful!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
omg :drool: fantastic party!
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
It does look good!!I've made plenty of these cakes!!I Love to cook :)
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
I'm favoriting this right now. Looks amazing!
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 10 years
Wow that cake looks good! I discovered/and made Red Velvet cake for my dad's birthday 2 months ago, I feel I've missed out on 28 years of one of the tastiest cakes I've ever had! I don't really like cake because of the heaviness with all the frosting and sometimes a dense cake, but Red Velvet is so light and the Cream Cheese frosting is the perfect complement! Thanks for the modified recipe, looking forward to trying it out!
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
How yummy, and great presentation! Now all I need is an excuse to bake a cake! "Party like a rock star, pound like a porn star, play like an all star!"
Katharine Katharine 10 years
It looks amazing Yum! I love Red Velvet Cake :)
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