Red Velvet Cake

Hi folks. So here’s the thing. When planning to make a cake you must do these things:

Make sure you have all the ingredients needed!

Make sure you have all the tools needed!

Make sure you do it well in advance of when it is needed!


I did none of those things.

But look at this pretty cake!

This was part of the Crazy Cooking Challenge. Once a month we all make a recipe from another blog we pick ourselves. Then on a specified date we all post those recipes. It’s always fun to participate in these kinds of things. This month it was chocolate cake so I think everyone was excited to make it. Life has been a bit more hectic here at the Bee household than normal so I got to this really late. When someone is sick everything that is planned tends to go to hell in a handbasket. When it’s your kid it goes to hell in a handbasket and that handbasket gets tossed over a cliff. Just the way it is.

I chose to use La Mia Vita Dolce to use as inspiration. Such a gorgeous blog and beautiful food. I knew I wanted to do red velvet cake so when I saw the Red Velvet Cake there I knew it was what I was doing. I made a couple of changes, more due to time than anything else. The cake is the same but we don’t like cream cheese frosting here so I opted to use the Fluffy Vanilla Frosting instead. I did make the raspberry filling but time did not allow for me to use it. So I can just use it on something else.


Red Velvet Cake
Recipe type: Dessert, Baking, Cake
  • Ingredients for Cake:
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 and ½ cups cake flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 and ½ cups caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1 and ½ cups walnut oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring (I used the gel type)
  • 1 cup buttermilk ( I did not have any so I took 1 cup of milk and added 1¾ teaspoons of cream of tartar)
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • Ingredients for Frosting:
  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cups confectioners (icing/powdered) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • (I also added about 2 tablespoons of milk to loosen it up a bit more)
  1. Directions for Cake:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Butter, grease or spray your pan/pans with non stick spray.
  4. Sift flour, cocoa and salt into a medium bowl. Whisk until combined.
  5. In a mixer whisk sugar and oil until well combined.
  6. Add your eggs one at a time and whisk in between each addition.
  7. Add your vanilla and food coloring and mix again.
  8. Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk to the mixer alternating between them.
  9. In a small bowl add your vinegar and baking soda together. Let it bubble and then stir it and add it to the mixer. Whisk for 10 seconds.
  10. Pour the batter into whatever pans you want to use. I chose bundt.
  11. Place in oven and bake for 25 to 35 minutes.
  12. Remove and let cool.
  13. Directions for Frosting:
  14. In a mixer blend you butter till soft and smooth.
  15. Add sugar a little at a time and keep adding and mixing till it is fluffy.
  16. Add vanilla and mix again.
  17. If icing is too thick add some milk to it.
  18. Putting the Cake Together:
  19. Place you cake on a plate.


Make sure you stop by all the other lovely blogs who did recipes this month. Lots of yumminess out there today.

If interested in participating in the Crazy Cooking Challenge feel free to get ahold of Tina at Mom’s Crazy Cooking.

Toodles and smoochies.xx


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  1. Marina says

    My hat is off to you, Kim! I am so intimidated to bake, don't know why, maybe because I have to follow the recipe and have all the ingredients?! I bake a few times a year, mostly around the holidays. I am giving you 10 out of 5 for this cake. Beautiful masterpiece.

  2. Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen says

    Red velvet, one of my favorites!! So yummy. Give me cream cheese frosting with mine. So good. <3

  3. Dara Reppucci says

    all of these cakes look sooo amazing. Now I'm craving cake. Serves me right for surfing blogs when I should be working. This looks delish.

  4. mellissa@ibreatheimhungry says

    Great minds think alike Kim – I'm doing a (low carb) red velvet cake this week too! If I only I could eat the classic though I'd be baking your version! It looks soooo good! Nom nom nom!!!!

  5. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says

    Yum! This looks fabulous Kim! I love that it's a vanilla frosting rather than your usual cream cheese frosting.

  6. mividaenundulce says

    I only did one time a red velvet and it was in a cupcake. I had a very hard time with the food coloring, it's hard to have that beatiful dark red. So, never try again, and never try in a cake, but after seen your, I want to try again…

  7. Lacy @ NYCityEats says

    Oh my favorite! I am obsessed with all things red velvet and with all of the things that you weren't prepared for it looks delicious! I've never tried it with anything but a cream cheese frosting, might have to use this recipe next time!

  8. Happy When Not Hungry says

    This looks delicious! Love red velvet. I often start baking something and realize I don't have all of the ingredients!

  9. AndiWinslow says

    Been waiting to see a red velvet cake. I made my first one awhile ago and loved it. Its made with brown sugar and not white. Then I made some whoppie pies red velvet and used white sugar, I prefer the brown sugar. Nice choice very pretty andi

  10. The Shady Porch says

    Very pretty cake! I make a lot of red velvet cakes and I've never heard of doing one with raspberry filling…I'll have to check that out! (Visiting from the CCC…I'm #60)

  11. The Harried Cook says

    Gorgeous cake, Kim! I adore red velvet! And this one looks so yummy with that fluffy frosting.. The raspberry filling would have been great with it right? Can't wait to see what you do with it! Thanks for sharing :)

  12. Cake Duchess says

    Hi Kim- Love this challenge and your cale turned out just divine! So moist and tempting me wishing I could have a slice:)

  13. Alyssa says

    One of the reasons I don't bake much is because I will get all excited to make something and then not have all of the ingredients. I thought I was the only one who did that! But the cake looks great, perfect for valentines's day!

  14. Jill @ MadAboutMacarons says

    Love the idea of raspberry in there and the frosting is just so much like the view we have of the snow outside Paris just now! What a roundup, too! That is a lot of cakes :-)

  15. Lizzy says

    FABULOUS cake!!! And what a wonderful icing technique…you are so creative :) And who forgot to invite me to this chocolate cake party????? LOL…

  16. thepurplespoon says

    the cake looks delicious! I love your list at the beginning-I frequently never check to make sure I have all my ingredients only to realize midway that I NEED cream of tartar RIGHT this very second lol nice job :)

  17. Curry and Comfort says

    That cake looks sinfully good!! Yummy in my Tummy for sure! :) I like your change with the frosting.. I would eat both versions. :) I have an award for you at my blog today.. hope you enjoy. ~ Ramona

  18. Tya @ Note Etc. says

    well Kim, I only could say that you got talent of cooking and baking from the nature. if I were you that Red Velvet cake will not turn out fabulous like yours


  19. kitchen koala says

    Your cake looks great! I've never had red velvet with raspberry filling before, but I bet I would like it. So how did you end up using your rasberry filling?

  20. Kim Bee says

    Thanks Marina. My son always says I am a better cook than a baker. I think because with cooking you can just wing it more. Baking is so precise you have to be fully prepared. Which typically I am not. Lol.

  21. Kim Bee says

    Thanks Tori. The last time I made red velvet I forgot we aren't all fans of cream cheese and I was giving up cupcakes to random people for days. Lol!

  22. Kim Bee says

    I must check that out. I am now curious how one makes a low carb version. I think the red velvet is just so classic. I love making it.

  23. Kim Bee says

    I have done them before too and it can be super hard to get a good color. Here is the trick, use gel coloring instead of that runny kind. It just holds up better. Some people say to mix it in with the cocoa and it stays truer. I've also heard to mix a touch of black in it but I was too afraid it would be too dark. I may play around more. But the gel colors are outstanding. SO much better.

  24. Kim Bee says

    Aw thanks. I really should know better than to throw it together at the last second. Not bad for a quick cake though.

  25. Kim Bee says

    Thank you so much. We all find cream cheese to thick and heavy. I like it now and again but for the most part I like a classic buttercream.

  26. Kim Bee says

    Thanks. I think it's that we get too excited or something. I need to start remembering to do mise en place so I am sure I have everything. You'd think I'd learn. Lol!

  27. Kim Bee says

    I'll have to try it with brown sugar. I love most things better with brown sugar. I also like most things better with vanilla brown sugar. Just takes it over the top.

  28. Kim Bee says

    Thanks Liz. I honestly had to get creative as it was looking a bit dull. I want to buy one of those fancy edging things but it'll have to wait. I know right, you should be at all cake parties.

  29. Kim Bee says

    Thanks so much. I am so guilty of not having ingredients. I did not have buttermilk, I rarely do. Luckily most things have substitutions or I'd be a goner.

  30. Kim Bee says

    Thanks Ramona. I tend to like light frostings. I'll eat a cream cheese one if push comes to shove but it's not my first choice. Oh how sweet, I shall be stopping by this afternoon to take a peek.

  31. Emily says

    I am drooling over all of the chocolate cake recipes. I do love me some red velvet cake though. Great idea with the bundt pan – all the more frosting. :)

  32. Winelady Cooks says

    Hi Kim, I've never made a red velvet cake, but your post has definitely made me want to give this the old college try. The cake looks delish so I'm going for it, no matter what.

    Thanks for sharing,

  33. Carolyn says

    That's a gorgeous Red Velvet Cake, Kim. And Grace's blog really is astonishingly amazing, isn't it??? Love her, she's a sweetie too.

  34. lavender & lime says

    I cannot comment using my wordpress ID! Your intro sounds just like me. I have never used walnut oil before – great cake :)

  35. Kim Bee says

    Hi Joanne. It is intimidating but once you try you'll wonder why you waited so long. Let me know how it turns out. Gel coloring is far superior.

  36. Kim Bee says

    I love walnut oil. It is pricey though. But I was out of all my normal oils so had to go to the next best thing.

  37. Miz Helen says

    Hi Kim Bee,
    Oh my goodness the cake is awesome and the frosting, oh, I need a slice of this cake. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

  38. Kristen says

    Dang, I am going through these cakes in order and I had to wait until #70 to get to yours. If I could, I would love a big slice of that cake. It looks wonderful….can't wait to see where the raspberry sauce ends up.

  39. Calista @ A House and Yard says

    So pretty! And just in time for Valentine's Day. I've never tried a Red Velvet. Thanks for visiting at A House and Yard.

  40. Cheap Ethnic Eatz says

    So love red velvet cake, it looks awesome. Yeah I am always running late on challenges too. You should add this one to the #chocolatelove blog hop, it is on all month.

  41. Cheap Ethnic Eatz says

    So love red velvet cake, it looks awesome. Yeah I am always running late on challenges too. You should add this one to the #chocolatelove blog hop, it is on all month.

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