Southern Red Velvet Cake

Daisy Jay


I've been quite hesitant on sharing this recipe with anybody for a long time... But I'm feeling nice, so enjoy! I guarantee that you'll hold on to this recipe, that is, if you do it correctly! Trust me, I've created a cult with this ha.

PS: Please do NOT mess around with the amount of cocoa powder! Red Velvet is known for the harmony between vanilla and cocoa, it's not meant to be a chocolate cake dyed red.

(This is a recipe I found a long time ago, but I tweaked it a little to make it as best as possible)


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3 8-inch round cake pans
15 Min
30 Min


  • 2 1/2 c
    cake flour
  • 1 1/2 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    cocoa powder
  • 1 c
  • 1 1/4 c
    vegetable oil
  • 2
    large eggs
  • 1 tsp
    white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1 oz
    red food coloring

How to Make Southern Red Velvet Cake


  1. Sift cake flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder onto parchment paper (it's easier for me to sift it onto parchment paper, but feel free to do this process any way you choose). Sift dry mixture a second time and leave on parchment or put it in a bowl
  2. In mixer bowl (or simply a large bowl if using hand mixer), pour buttermilk and oil, then mix on medium-low speed until blended
  3. Add one egg in and mix at same speed until thoroughly mixed in, then add second egg and thoroughly mix that one in
  4. Add in vanilla, vinegar, and red food coloring, blend in on medium speed
  5. Slowly pour in dry mixture on medium-low speed until completely incorporated
  6. Evenly distribute batter into 3 8-inch round cake pans. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. For cupcakes, fill liners between 1/2 and 2/3 full (weird I know, but 1/2 is too little and 2/3 is usually too much). Bake 17-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

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