red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting
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Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet is my kids cake of choice.  I make it for just about every birthday and since Christmas is Jesus birthday, Red Velvet is our Christmas Eve tradition, too.  So here it is and it is easy… Just throw it all in the mixer, bake and frost.  I made this recipe into four layers because one layer usually gets eaten before I get the cake frosted!

red velvet cake, red velvet batter, cake

red velvet cake

red velvet cake

red velvet cake

red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting

red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting

red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting, cake


4-Layer Red Velvet Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Ingredients for Cake:

  • 2 ¼ cups Buttermilk
  • 3 cups Oil
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • ¼ cup Red Food Coloring
  • 2 tsp Vinegar
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 5 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3 tsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 cups Sugar

Ingredients for Frosting:

  • 2 sticks of Butter at room temperature
  • 24 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3 cups Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 2 cups Pecans, chopped

Directions for Cake:

  1. Combine and mix first six wet ingredients.
  2. Slowly incorporate remaining dry ingredients, mixing until well blended.
  3. Spray four 9-inch pans with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes at 350°F.
  5. Allow cakes to cool completely before removing from pans.

Directions for Frosting:

  1. Using a hand mixer, cream together butter, cream cheese, and sugar until smooth and creamy.
  2. Place the first layer on a cake plate and place a dollop of frosting in the center of the layer
  3. Using an offset spatula (or any flat knife), spread the frosting to cover the top of the layer, but don’t worry about the sides.
  4. Stack another cake on top of the first layer and repeat the frosting process, do this for all four layers.
  5. Put remaining frosting on the top of the cake and using your spatula, frost the sides of the cake, applying any decorative swirls or marks you desire.
  6. Sprinkle the top and sides with nuts.


Make Ahead Note:

After Baking, freeze the layers individually. When ready to serve, thaw and ice. 


Here are some easy Freezing Tips and more Make Ahead recipes!


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