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Red Velvet Cake

I thought Red Velvet Cake was just a victoria sandwich with waaaay too much red colouring in it, so I have avoided it.

However, we have an American guest who I know loves it, and I thought I'd make one as a welcoming gesture, and actually took the trouble to find out more. One thing it isn't, is a standard victoria sandwich cake!

I've adapted a recipe found on the internet (there's loads out there) because I had to use substitutions for some of the ingredients. I am a complete convert to the RVC and have printed my version below. It is very light, very moist, not too rich, soft, and keeps well. Recipe is under photographs.

You will need 3x 8" cake tins, lined and greased. Preheat the oven to 160C for a fan oven, 180C if not. I think that's gas 4.


300 grms of muscovado sugar (you can use other sugars but this soft brown sugar gives a bit of fudginess) 
2 large eggs
240 ml of vegetable oil. You can use sunflower oil but nothing else - definitely not olive oil or nut oils!
Red food colouring. (You have to be a bit brave - use a gel colouring if possible but if not go with what you have. I used half a small bottle and it's not exactly red is it!)
250g plain flour
1 1/4 tsps of bicarbonate of soda
40 grms of good cocoa powder
1/2 tblsp vanilla extract
100 ml of coffee
240ml buttermilk
1/2 tblsp white wine vinegar


Sieve the flour, bicarb and cocoa into a large bowl.

In another bowl add the oil, eggs, and colouring and whisk for a couple of minutes until slightly lighter in colour and thicker.

Sieve in half the flour mix and lightly whisk. Add coffee, vinegar and buttermilk and beat together. Fold in the remaining flour. Pour the mix into the 3 tins and bake for about 25-30 minutes until done. The cakes will spring back to a light touch when done.


175 gms butter at room temperature
400 grms icing sugar
2 x 180 grms of full fat cream cheese (don't use low fat as it's too liquid when mixed)

I'd say this was an essential part of the cake! Whisk the softened butter and add the icing sugar until well mixed and fluffy. Whisk in the cream cheese. I used Philadelphia and all was well, but if your brand makes the icing a bit too runny just pop it back into the fridge to set.

Sandwich together and use any remaining as decoration. I had enough to coat the sides quite thickly.


  1. I think if you put cream cheese frosting on cardboard, it would taste good. I've never been a cake fan, I prefer pie sans the crust. (Yes, I'm weird. I always thought why ruin good berries or fruit with crust unless it is a butter crust.) Back to the cake, my Grandmother was a cake decorator in our little town's bakery. She solved my dislike of cake by making me graham cracker cookies (graham crackers with icing between them) and we decorated them together. Yummers!

    1. Well to be honest I haven't been a fan of cheese icing, but did feel it went really well with this cake! I've heard of graham crackers being used in this way but can't imagine what they're like - my mind is telling me savoury biscuits with icing?

    2. I thought graham crackers where everywhere! What do you use for a cheesecake crust? My Aunt tells me that Mcvitie's Digestives are close. Graham crackers aren't quite a cookie, but not a cracker. I hope that you have S'mores in the UK - roasted marshmallow sandwiched between two graham crackers and a hunk of good chocolate.

    3. Ahhh, that makes more sense as digestives are really good with sweet things and for making cheesecake bases! When I was a child we had a thing called a Wagon Wheel, which was 2 digestives sandwiched with marshmallow and covered in chocolate. They are still around today but taste as if they are made from cheap ingredients - not something that appeals in my 60's! Also they seemed huge, hence the name, but today are much smaller! Skateboard wheel would be more appropriate.