The BEST Red Velvet Cake Recipe ~Easy, Homemade, Moist with Southern Flair~


best red velvet cake recipe
(Same red velvet cake recipe with more food coloring to achieve a brighter red.)

OK OK I’VE HEARD YOU! YOU WANT A GOOD RED VELVET CAKE RECIPE AND YOU WANT IT NOW!!!! (Yeah I’ve got your emails and gosh I love it when you’re forceful!)

I have been on the search for the best homemade red velvet cake recipe too, for a while now actually. I wanted one that was easy,  super moist, melt-in-your mouth soft with that signature light chocolatey buttermilk red velvet taste.

I’ve tried a few recipes that were…OK.  Nothing that really blew my stilettos off though. Until I played around with merging three recipes (God I love chemistry) and out came THE MASTERPIECE!!! Or at least we think so in my house!

This red velvet cake recipe is SUPERB!!!! And it passes the stick to the back of the fork test like a champ!

the best red velvet cake recipe

Of course I had to make this a down home southern red velvet cake and put my G.R.I.T (girl raised in the south) stamp on it by adding in some good ol hot coffee. It takes this cake to the next level!! (don’t worry you can’t taste the coffee) It just kicks up that red velvet taste so don’t skip this step. Even if you have to run to Mickey D’s or the gas station to get a plain cup of coffee. I use Folgers Vanilla Biscotti, but any plain kind will do.


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The cream cheese frosting that goes with this red velvet cake is….how can I say this…. THE BOMB!!! It’s silky smooth, light, and sweet but not so sweet that it overpowers the cake like some cream cheese frosting tend to do, you know what I’m saying?

I hope that you guys enjoy this red velvet cake as much as I do. Lord knows I didn’t want to make this cake AGAIN this week…but I have to give my  readers what they demand…..and now I have all this cake…. that I have to eat all by myself…..*sigh* oh well….life is tough like that sometimes.

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Watch me make this Best Red Velvet Cake Recipe from start to finish!


best red velvet cake recipe

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The BEST Red Velvet Cake Recipe. Easy. Moist. Homemade
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened, cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil or canola
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1-2 oz. red food coloring, depends how deep you want the color
  • 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar
  • ½ cup of prepared plain hot coffee (don't skip this ingredient)
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the sugar and vegetable oil.
  4. Mix in the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and red food coloring until combined.
  5. Stir in the coffee and white vinegar.
  6. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients a little at time, mixing after each addition, just until combined.
  7. Generously grease and flour two round, 9 inch cake pans with shortening and flour.
  8. Pour the batter evenly into each pan.
  9. Bake in the middle rack for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Do not over bake as cake will continue to cook as it cools.
  10. Let pans cool on a cooling rack until the pans are warm to the touch.
  11. Slide a knife or offset spatula around the inside of the pans to loosen the cake from the pan.
  12. Remove the cakes from the pan and let them cool.
  13. Frost the cake with cream cheese frosting when the cakes have cooled completely.
Be sure to not overbake! Check the cake at 30 minutes as some ovens run really hot.
Cakes are really moist and you may need to refrigerate them to firm them up before stacking and frosting.
To bake cupcakes, bake for 18-20 minutes, checking at the 18 minute mark.


  1. Charlene says

    My sister is getting married and asked me to make a RVC for the reception since it’s her fiancés favorite cake, but I haven’t made a RVC in years and lost my recipe for the one I used to make. In my search for a new recipe I decided on the Waldorf Astoria recipe on account of good reviews, but then I saw this one, so what a girl to do. Well I made both and brought them to work for a taste test. This cake won hands down, we actually ended up throwing the Waldorf cake away because its dry texture, which is completely due to something I did wrong, but the Waldorf cake is known to be a very finicky cake. This cake though was awesome, easy to make and cake out perfectly. I had my doubts because of it being made with so much sugar and with all purpose flour, but it was really very delicious! Thank you, I am saving this recipe in my book for life! I also did the frosting and it was also rated 5 stars by my co workers! Amazing!

  2. Veronica says

    Hi. I was looking for a low fat, low sugar recipe for my husband (who’s diabetic)’ my son and his wife (who’s dieting) and I decided to used this recipe because this recipe uses only 1 cup of oil instead of 1 1/2 cups some red velvet cakes has. The changes I made was I used 4 egg whites, homemade low fat buttermilk (didn’t have any at home), truvia sugar blend, 1/4 cup hot coffee, and I didn’t use the red coloring (because I didn’t have any). I renamed this cake for my household, the “low fat, low sugar, not red, red velvet cake” 😄. When I took it out the oven it appeared so moist. My husband ate it and loved it. He needed a glass of milk to go with it. His plate was clean within a few minutes (well, he eats that way with everything 😁). Thank you for this recipe. I can’t wait to try it as you post it.

  3. Cassandra says

    This is a great recipe, I’ve made it several times as a two layer and cupcakes. I was wondering does the baking time change for a sheet cake. I need a 9×13.

  4. fann says

    Can you convert this recipe into green tea velvet cake ? (By replacing the same amount of cocoa powder, red food colouring and hot coffee with green tea powder, hot green tea brew and green food colouring respectively).

  5. fann says

    Dear Mrs Monique, can you convert this recipe into green tea velvet cake by replacing the same amount of cocoa powder & hot black coffee with green tea powder & hot green tea brew (respectively)..

  6. SpaceyStacey says

    And this is the recipe that made me a fan of yours. Thank you for sharing! The cupcakes and cream cheese frosting is all kinds of deliciousness mixed together.

  7. Rachie says

    O.M.G. This is one of thee best cakes I have ever made. Unbelievely soft, moist and not overly sweet! Thank you for sharing this. I will make many birthday cakes with this recipe!

  8. Tiffiney says

    I’ve never made a red velvet cake before. So I duly googled “best ever red velvet cake” and this recipe popped up. The batter was definitely quite runny and I was a wee bit concerned as usually if I was using baking soda I’d probably add it separately, but the cake turned out beautifully and I’m super impressed! Thanks!

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