Black folks Red velvet cake is more than just a white cake dyed red, Red velvet is a celebration cake. After all, for us, red is the color of joy. It’s has buttery, with slightly tangy undertones that makes this cake such a sweet treat during the holidays.
It has history in the black community as it originated in a 1911 cookbook “Good Things to Eat,” authored by a former slave, Chef Rufus Estes who included the recipe for a sweet “velvet cake,” enriched with four eggs and almond flour. A true Red velvet cake bursts with flavors of bitter and sweet and has this particular cake has a unique recipe with no boxed red velvet cake mix required.
Red Velvet Cake
- Vegetable oil for the pans followsCrushed pecans, for garnish
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp fine salt
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
- 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
- 1 large eggs at room temperature
- 2 tbsp red food coloring (1 ounce)
- 1 tsp white distilled vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and prep your cake pans by lining them with circles of parchment paper in the bottoms, then spray bottoms and sides with cooking spray.
- Whisk all the dry ingredients together first – flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt – and set them aside.Beat butter and sugar together until light and creamy – about 3-4 minutes using a hand mixer or stand mixer.
- Then add the oil and beat again, scraping down the sides of the bowl. The mixture will look a little curdled, but there's nothing to worry about.
- Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition, and vanilla.
- Then mix in the vinegar and food coloring.
- Alternately add ⅓ of the dry ingredients with ⅓ of the buttermilk, mixing just until combined after each addition and scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl, repeating until everything has been added.
- Pour the batter evenly between the two cake pans, then bake for 30-35 minutes (for 9-inch pans) or 38-43 minutes (for 8-inch pans), or until a cake tester inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean with just a few crumbs. Be sure not to overbake.
- For the frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter together in a large bowl using a handheld mixer until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add the powdered sugar and cream or milk and mix on low speed until incorporated, then increase speed and beat for 2 minutes.
- Add vanilla and salt and beat again.
- Cool completely before leveling off the tops of each cake layer, if needed.
- Frost with cream cheese or ermine frosting.