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Red velvet cake

Red velvet cake

After the last cake which looked good but was abit dry, I have adjusted the recipe to make a cake that slices well & actually tastes pretty good. I'm unsure what an authentic red velvet cake is supposed to taste like. I wasn't after a bright red colour, something more natural, like beetroot.


This is a combiation of Magnolias & Chockylit's red velvet cake, with some alterations by me!!

Let me know what you think. It has alot of red food colouring for my liking....will have to work on that!



200 g butter, soft

460g caster sugar (fine sugar)

4 55g eggs at room temp (In Aust they are sold as 700g cartons)

45 ml red liquid food colouring (I used Queen brand liquid colouring not a paste)

400 ml luke warm butter milk (heat in microwave)

500g plain flour (I didnt use cake flour)

25g cocoa powder (I used 22% cocoa solids)

1 & a 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 & a 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp vinegar (you can use white vinegar, verjus or apple cider vinegar)

2 tsp vanilla extract



Pre heat oven to 160 degrees fan

Line base & sides of 2 x 7.5cm (3") high 22.5 (9") cm round cake tin with heavy duty greese proof paper. I used one layer of paper.

Mix red food colour, vinegar,& luke warm butter milk.

Cream the butter first for approx 1 min

Slowly add the sugar, cream for approx 5 min. Add vanilla essence.

Add eggs one at a time, scraping down bowl after each addition.

Sift flour, salt, bicarb soda, cocoa & baking powder

Add sifted flour mix to creamed mixture alternating with the warm butter milk. Have mixer on low speed.

Remove bowl from stand & with a spatular make sure its all combined.

Pour batter into lined cake pans

Bake at 160 degrees for approx 50 min or until skewer comes out clean, turn cakes half way through cooking.

Remove from oven, stand for 15 min then turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.

Trim the layers, slice in half & fill with your fav icing.

Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.


Note: 1 tsp is 5ml

eggs are 55g out of the shell

liquid food colour was used not paste.


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Taken on January 5, 2009