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Blue Ribbon Red Velvet Cake

This two-layer beauty features a striking red interior. It calls for more baking cocoa than most red velvet cakes, making it extra chocolaty. Feel free to change the color of the food coloring to suit the occasion. I'm proud to say that this recipe won a blue ribbon in the holiday cake division at the 2006 Alaska State Fair. I think this award-winning red velvet cake recipe will be a winner in your house, too! —Cindi DeClue, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of 2 greased 9-in. round pans with parchment; grease parchment. Beat the first 5 ingredients until well blended. In another bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking cocoa and baking soda; gradually beat into oil mixture.
  • Transfer batter to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove parchment. Cool completely.
  • Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Using a long serrated knife, trim tops of cakes; set tops aside. Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with 3/4 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer, bottom side up. Frost top and sides with remaining frosting.
  • Break cake tops into pieces. Pulse in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Decorate cake with crumbs as desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 559 calories, 33g fat (8g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 208mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Beverly
    Aug 21, 2019

    The cake recipe is okay but this cake is much better frosted with its original erman frosting.

  • Kimberly
    Aug 9, 2019

    I think I’ll ask my daughter to bake this cake next time we gather for a family birthday! I love the way it’s decorated and it looks yum! Cozy up out there in lucky human! ??