Red Velvet Cake

A fun cake for birthdays or a cake sale that looks beautiful. This is a lovely change from the norm.


Makes: 1 Cake

For the cupcakes

• 120g butter or cooking margarine • 300g caster sugar • 2 Eggs • 4 tablespoons red food colouring • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder • 225g buttermilk • 1 teaspoon salt • 300g plain flour, sifted • 1 tablespoon white vinegar • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

For the frosting

• 110g butter or margarine • 225g cream cheese • 450g icing sugar • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Prep: 20min › Cook: 30min › Ready in: 50min

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour 2 x 23cm round cake tins.
  2. Cream butter, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Make a paste with food colouring and cocoa powder and add to the butter mixture.
  3. Mix buttermilk, salt, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar; add to mixture. Slowly add flour to mixture.
  4. Put mixture into greased cake tins. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool completely, then cover with cream cheese frosting.
  5. To make cream cheese frosting: Combine butter, cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla. Mix until well blended.
  6. Finally top your gorgeous cake with your Cakeshop cake topper!

Hints & tips

Why not make this as an alternative to a traditional Christmas fruit cake?!

This yummy recipe is adapted from Julie Dugas’s post here: