Red Velvet Cake
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Bake: 150 min
Yield: one 8-inch cake about 6-8 servings
An American favorite since the 1920s, Red Velvet Cake's creation has been attributed to John A. Adams, owner of the Adams Extract Company and later, New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where it was a popular menu item during the 1950s. Red Velvet differs from Devil's Food by using cocoa instead of chocolate.
Ingredients

CAKE

  • 2 1/4 cups sifted Swans Down Cake Flour®️ (sifted, then measured)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs

FROSTING

  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Directions
  1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two 8-inch cake pans with 1 1/2-inch-high sides. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl.
  2. WHISK buttermilk, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla in a small bowl to blend. Cream the sugar and butter together in the bowl of a stand or electric mixer, until well blended. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating until well blended after each addition.
  3. ADD the dry ingredients in 4 additions alternating with the buttermilk mixture in 3 additions.
  4. DIVIDE batter between prepared pans. Bake cakes until the tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 27 minutes. Cool in pans on racks for 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto racks lined with parchment paper; cool completely.
  5. MAKE the frosting by creaming together the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand or hand-held electric mixer, until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  6. PLACE 1 cake layer, flat side up, on a platter or cake stand. Spread 1 cup of frosting over top of the cake. Top with second cake layer, flat side down. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake.

*The cake can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.

Reviews
  • Paula says:

    I find myself a little confused about the measurement of the sifted cake flour, If the recipe stated 3 cups before the sifting how much do I measure for the recipe after the sifting if the 3 cups was listed for the recipe?

    • Swans Down says:

      Hi Paula, We apologize if the wording is confusing. The paraphrase after the ingredient is to reiterate that you need to sift the flour first, then measure out the 2 1/4 cups. Please reach out to our Customer Affairs department if this is still confusing. They will be happy to walk you thorough the recipe. Happy Baking!

  • Amy says:

    Will this also work for mini bundts? If so, what would be the difference in baking time?

    • Swans Down says:

      Hi Amy, These would make the cutest little mini Bundt cakes. We’d recommend to grease and flour the Bundt pans well, fill each mold 2/3 way and test at 20 minutes. A tester inserted into the center should come out clean when done. We’d LOVE to see how they turn out. Happy baking!

  • Pat Phillips says:

    Can I use regular AP flour instead of cake flour?

    • Swans Down says:

      Hi Pat, We suggest you remove 2 tablespoons per cup when want to use all purpose flour and recipe is formulated for cake flour. Please know that you may see a difference in texture. We also recommend one to contact the all purpose flour manufacturer to confirm with them what their recommendation is. Happy baking!

  • Melissa says:

    Can this cake be baked in a 9 x 13” pan?

    • Swans Down says:

      Hi Melissa, Yes you can definitely bake the Red Velvet cake in a 9 x 13 pan. You may need to adjust the bake time a bit longer. Test at the 27 minutes, and adjust if needed. Happy baking!

  • Susan says:

    I’d love to have a German Chocolate cake recipe.

  • Eva Lewis says:

    This cake flour is the best I been using it for years love it .

  • Lisa says:

    My grandmother has used swansdown for as long as I can remember. My mom has as well and I would love to, however it is very difficult to find in California (San Bernardino County) What’s the best way to get this in my area?

  • Fannie says:

    I like three layer cakes. What is the recipe to make a three layer Red Velvet Cake using Swans Down flour?

    • Swans Down says:

      Hi Fannie, You can adjust the ingredient measurements by adding 1/2 more of each ingredient to make a 3 layer Red Velvet Cake. For instance, this recipe calls for “2 1/4 cups sifted Swans Down Cake Flour®️ (sifted, then measured)”. Adjust this measurement to 3 cups pls 6 tablespoons. Happy baking!

  • Dyrieathea Smith says:

    I love Swan Down flower I enjoying cooking with swan
    Down.

  • Linda says:

    Swans Down, love this recipe and the flour, my grandmother used it and now I do, I will search until I find Swans Down or no baking will be done. Is there a recipe book?

  • Antoinette Harris says:

    I absolutely love this brand of cake flour. How can I do commercials for this brand?

  • P J Keenum says:

    Please make your pictures of the finished recipe so we can copy them. I like to copy recipes with photos for my file.
    Thanks, PJ

  • linda ervin says:

    i have allways used swans cake flour making my cakes love it would noy use any other kind

  • Emma J. Bentley says:

    SWAN 🦢 CAKE FLOUR IS THE ONLY ONE I USE. IT’S THE BEST EVER

  • Ariela Marie says:

    Can I use a 9 inch cake pan???

    • Swans Down says:

      Hi Ariela, You can definitely use 9 inch cake panes for this recipe. Just watch your bake time as it may bake a bit quicker than it would with the 8 inch ones. Happy baking!

  • Tammy says:

    How can I become a spokesperson that use your product for baking goods. We love your product and use it to bake our goods! Could you send us your product to help us with our nonprofit organization. This would help us with serving children, youth and families that are disproportionate individuals.

    • Swans Down says:

      Hi Tammy, Thank you for reaching out to Swans Down Cake Flour. We will forward your information to our Consumer Affairs department. Someone will be in touch.

  • deanna matthews says:

    hmmmm….in step 6 it says to add raspberries and blueberries, but no mention is made of those items in the ingredient list. i’ve never had a RVCake with fruit.??? is this a typo or an alternate option?

    • Swans Down says:

      Hi Deanna, We love to hear from our consumers! The addition of fruit was a typo and the recipe has been updated. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  • danielle james says:

    can I make cupcakes with the same measurement?

    • Swans Down says:

      Hi Danielle, You can use cake batter per the recipe for cupcakes. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Lower baking time to 15 – 20 minutes and enjoy!

  • jean moshiri says:

    Love the product…..never had a failure!!!!

  • Vickie Rabon says:

    Would love more recipes and a cook book

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