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Red Velvet Cake

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A moist and fluffy, layered American Red Velvet cake frosted with a rich and creamy cream cheese frosting

Red Velvet Cake is a classic in the cake world. It is an American favorite, but has also grown in popularity in Europe. The cake is almost always made with cocoa powder, which gives the cake its red color. The flavor of this cake includes chocolate and cream cheese frosting.

The origins of Red Velvet Cake are unclear. Some believe that the red velvet cake has origins from New Orleans, Louisiana in the 1940’s, when a bakery owner was trying to create a chocolate high hat for Mardi Gras celebrations and instead came up with a red velvet high hat cake for this occasion. Others speculate that it might have originated from German or Austrian immigrants who wanted to recreate their favorite Austrian cakes which used beet juice or food coloring to achieve the reddish-cream color.

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake
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Red Velvet Cake

A moist and fluffy, layered American Red Velvet cake frosted with a rich and creamy cream cheese frosting
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


  • 1 1/4 cup Maida (Plain Flour)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cocoa Powder unsweetened
  • 1 cup Sugar granulated
  • 1 Egg large
  • 1 cup Oil
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • few drops Red Food Colouring
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 1/2 cup Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Icing Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Almonds/Cashews/Pecans finely chopped + few for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Butter


  • Combine and sift the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt together. Keep aside.
  • Mix the the sugar and egg in a different bowl.
  • Gently pour the oil and beat well.
  • Add the flour mixture and buttermilk.
  • Mix well and add the vanilla extract and food colour.
  • Divide the mixture among 3 round greased cake pans.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350F foro 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Insert a toothpick or skewer in the centre and if it comes out clean, the cake is done.
  • Remove and cool.
  • To make the frosting, combine the cream cheese and butter.
  • Add the icing sugar and beat well till smooth.
  • Add the vanilla extract and almonds.
  • Spread the frosting between the layers, on the sides and on top of the cake.
  • Garnish with the almonds.

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