Cakes, Tarts

Red Velvet Cake – Happy 7th Birthday to My Precious Boy!

This cake has an oil instead of the butter and is really moist. Red and white colors make an elegant combination. The richness, the textures, and everything is simply too good.

Red Velvet Cake

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  • For the cake:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups of sugar

  • 1 Tbsp. Dutch-process cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

  • 2 eggs
1 cup oil

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 tsp white distilled vinegar

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tsp red gel food coloring
  • For the cream cheese frosting:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar



Preheat an oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and sprinkle with flour two 8 inch cake pans.


Lightly stir eggs in a medium bowl with a wire whisk. Add remaining liquid ingredients and stir together with a whisk until blended. Set aside. Place all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir together really good. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add together wet ingredients and the dry ingredients and mix on medium-high for about a minute or until completely combined. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans and smooth the top. Bake until the cake is puffed, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer cakes to a wire rack and let it cool completely.


Meanwhile, make the frosting:


In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla on medium-high speed until smooth, light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until thoroughly combined. If the frosting is too soft, refrigerate it until it is spreadable, about 15 minutes.


Spread the cream cheese frosting between and on the top and sides of the cake. Sprinkle with crumbs.


You can substitute natural red food color (made from beets and⁄or hibiscus) for the standard food dye, but the color won’t be nearly as vibrant.

Red velvet cake

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    December 6, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Wonderful! I just don't know what else to say.. 🙂 It looks snow covered and so lovely!

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    December 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    It looks so festive! Love the styling!

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    thyme Sarah
    December 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Just beautiful! Happy Birthday to you son!

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    December 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Yelena, looks fabulous, I am sure it tastes fabulous as well. Could you please post how to make our own red coloring from beets?? I have not been having any luck with it!

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    December 7, 2012 at 2:14 am

    How sweet… Happy birthday to your little boy! I am sure he was very happy to dig in this beautiful cake!

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    December 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Your photos are amazing, dramatic and classy! And Happy Birthday to your son!

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    Rebecca Subbiah
    December 9, 2012 at 4:47 am

    wow great cake and what a stunning photo, you have so much talent and happy birthday to your wee guy

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    December 9, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Happy Birthday to your son again! And I hope you and your family had a nice celebration for him. 🙂 He's one lucky boy who gets mama's homemade cake for his birthday (don't ask my kids… their mama never made a birthday cake!). So elegant, and the red color is so rich and beautiful.

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    Rowena Dumlao-Giardina
    December 10, 2012 at 12:07 am

    What a perfectly beautiful cake for your son's 7th bday! I love using red too because it is very elegant and vibrant. Love the photos!

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    December 10, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Happy Birthday to your son!

    As always, our cake looks very stylish and beautiful!

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    Lisa H.
    December 11, 2012 at 4:51 am

    Happy Birthday to the young man 😀

    Cake is beautiful 😀

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    December 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Happy birthday to your Precious son, Yelena! You prepared a beautiful cake for him!

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    Andreea Dianu
    February 2, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Great cake, but the pictures are gorgeous! Congratulations, my dear!

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