Red Velvet Cake is a classic that is perfect for any occasion.

Red Velvet Cake The Southern Lady Cooks

Red velvet cake is one of my very favorite cake recipes.  I have been making them for years!  Everyone loves this red velvet cake and you will make this over and over again.  This is a good wedding cake, birthday cake or just make it to serve family and friends anytime. The movie Steel Magnolias in 1989  featured a red velvet groom’s cake made in the shape of an armadillo. This cake is widely considered a Southern recipe by most people although it is served in many places in the north.  Popular frostings are cream cheese and buttercream.  This is a moist, light, and fluffy cake that is wonderful with coffee.  Red velvet cake is a great addition to any holiday meal or buffet table. You may also like this delicious Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. 

Red Velvet Cake Ingredients Needed:

All-purpose flour



Canola oil



Baking soda



Red food coloring

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

Cream cheese, softened

Butter, softened

Confectionery or powdered sugar


See the full recipe below.

Recipe Notes: You can easily make this cake a three-layer cake. Also, depending on how dark or light you want your red velvet cake will depend on how much red food coloring you add.

Recipe Comments: “Friday my granddaughter and I made this cake for my oldest daughter, my granddaughters’ aunt, for her birthday. Red Velvet and Carrot Cake are her two favorites. It was sooooo delish and oh, sooooo RICH!!!! It’s been a very long time since I’ve made “from scratch” but, it was certainly worth it!!!!”-Beverly

“I made this last year for Christmas. Had never made a red velvet cake before. Several red velvet cake lovers told me it was the best they had ever had! So, if you’re looking for a good recipe, this one is it!”-Carmen

Red Velvet Cake The Southern Lady Cooks

Red Velvet Cake The Southern Lady Cooks

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Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

The Southern Lady Cooks
This is a moist, light and fluffy cake that goes well with coffee and is perfect for any occasion. 
3.93 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Cake


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cocoa
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 1-2 oz. red food coloring

Cream cheese frosting Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 box confectionery or powdered sugar 16 oz
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  • Beat liquid ingredients together with mixer; add dry ingredients. Beat 2 more minutes. Spray 2 round cake pans and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes until center is done. (This can be made in 4 layers or in 9 x 13 long pan.

Cream cheese frosting directions:

  • Whip all frosting ingredients together with mixer until smooth and of spreading consistency.


This cake can easily be made into a three-layer cake. Depending on how light or dark you would like your red velvet cake to be, will depend on how much red food coloring you add. 
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