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Easy Classic Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

The holidays are not complete without a classic, creamy and rich red velvet cake. The cream cheese icing is the only respectable frosting for this family-favorite recipe. This is simple to make & easy to devour in one sitting!

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3 cups cake flour

2 Tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

4 Large eggs, room temperature

1 cup vegetable oil (or canola)

1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk, room temperature

1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

liquid red food coloring


16 oz cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

4 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl.

  3. In a separate large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until combined. Add in eggs, vanilla extract, oil and vinegar together. Mix together until combined.

  4. Add the 1/3 dry ingredients into the the wet mix, then 1/3 of the buttermilk into the wet mix. Mix together.

  5. Continue adding 1/3 of the dry mix and buttermilk into the bowl until fully combined.

  6. Add in the red food coloring.

  7. Continue to mix batter until fully combined.

  8. Pour equal amount of batter into 2 cake pans.

  9. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes on 350°F

  10. Take out of oven, then allow cakes to completely cool before frosting.

Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake, if the toothpick comes out clean, without moist batter, that's a sign the cake is ready!


  1. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth

  2. Add in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.

  3. Mix until fully combined. The icing should be smooth, slightly thick and not runny.

  1. Trim and level the top and bottom of each cakes. You want it to be even & flat. Save the cake crumbles for decorations!

  2. Place 1 cake layer on the cake stand. Spread an even layer of frosting on the top side.

  3. Place the 2nd cake on top of the first cake. Apply an even and smooth layer of frosting on the top and sides.

My Icing Decorating Tool: *affliate


  1. Crumble the leftover cake crumbles into smaller pieces.

  2. Gently place crumbles on the sides of the cake. You can fully cover sides or create an ombre design with the crumbles! I also placed more crumbles on the top side edges of the cake. Use a spoon to add cake crumbles to the top of the cake, the smaller, the better.

  3. Use an icing tool to decorate the top of the cake and...


A beautiful homemade red velvet cake for you and your loved ones to enjoy.


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