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Light & Delicious Red Velvet Cake

Updated: Mar 27

Before I started making red velvet cake, I had no idea that it had multiple cake flavours mixed into one batter. Red velvet is like a vanilla cake and chocolate cake mixed together, with other unpredictable ingredients mixed into it like vinegar and cornflour! What I did know however, was red velvet cake was one of my favourite cake flavours and I had to try and make it.

After a few attempts, I finally found a recipe that I loved, and went well with the type of buttercream I use on my cakes. The recipe is from Pretty. Simple. Sweet, and I've posted the recipe below too :)


Prep time: 15 minutes │ Cook time: 35 minutes │ Total time: 50 minutes

Yield: Two 8 inch cakes (for layering).


2½ cups (340g) all-purpose flour

¼ cup (35g) cornflour/cornstarch

2 tablespoons (12g) unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon salt

½ cup (1 stick/115g) salted butter, softened to room temperature

2⅛ cups (425g) granulated sugar

1 cup (240 ml) vegetable or canola oil

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1¼ teaspoons white vinegar

2-3 tablespoons red food colouring

1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk


1) Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.

2) In a bowl, sift together flour, cornflour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3) In a bench mixer (using the paddle attachment), beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes).

4) Beat in the oil. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition.

5) Add vanilla and vinegar and beat until combined.

6) Add red food colouring, until desired colour is reached.

7) With the mixer on low speed, add half of the dry ingredients and beat until just combined. 8) Add buttermilk, followed by the rest of the dry ingredients. Do not over mix.

9) Transfer the batter into two 8 inch cake tins and Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool enough so that they are easy to handle before removing them from the pan, and then leave on a wire rack to cool completely.

If you do try this recipe out or have any questions, then please leave me a comment below! I'd be happy to answer any questions. Also, don't forget to tag Pretty. Simple. Sweet if you try out this recipe :)


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