This recipe makes the most delicious red velvet cake with real cream cheese frosting – fit for a king! This step by step recipe shows you how to make a red velvet cake and have it ready in no time!


yummy red velvet cake recipe

Moist Red Velvet Cake

Make your very own Red Velvet Cake
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Cake
Cuisine South African
Servings 10
Calories 801 kcal


  • ½ cup butter
  • cups sugar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • tbsp red food coloring
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 400 grams cream cheese room temperature
  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  • Heat oven to 180°C (350ºF).
  • Grease two 20cm (8-inch) cake pans.
  • Cream together butter and sugar.
  • Add eggs one at a time and combine well.
  • Mix together oil, food coloring, cocoa powder and vanilla.
  • Stir this mixture into the sugar mixture and add the vinegar.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Add half dry ingredients, then half buttermilk to the wet ingredients.
  • Repeat until all ingredients are mixed through.
  • Divide into two pans and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Beat together cream cheese, butter, vanilla and lemon juice.
  • Mix in icing sugar.
  • Spread mix over the lower half of the cake.
  • Add the second layer on top and decorate with the cream cheese frosting.


Calories: 801kcalCarbohydrates: 105gProtein: 8gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 674mgPotassium: 143mgFiber: 1gSugar: 80gVitamin A: 1198IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 2mg
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2 Responses

  1. Why are American terminology such as baking soda used and also we are onto the metric system, yet the recipe refers to 8 inch pans? If a recipe is reworked from American cooking terminology to South African, then the whole recipe must be reworked and not only parts of it.

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