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Red Velvet Chocolate Cake


What could make traditional red velvet cake even better? Chocolate, of course!

  • Yield: Makes 1 two-layer cake

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2000


  • Unsalted butter, for cake pans
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour, not self-rising
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • Seven-Minute Frosting for Red Velvet Chocolate Cake


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter two 9-by-2-inch round cake pans. Sprinkle with flour, and tap out the excess; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk cake flour, salt, and cocoa; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar and oil, and beat on medium speed until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add food coloring and vanilla, and beat until well combined. Add flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.

  3. In a small bowl, mix baking soda and vinegar until combined. Add to batter, and beat for 10 seconds. Evenly divide batter between the prepared pans. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool in the pans for 5 minutes. Remove from the pans, and return to the rack to cool completely.

  4. Spread 1 1/2 cups of the frosting on one of the layers. Place the second layer on top; spread and swirl the remaining frosting around the sides and top of the cake.The cake can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 hours. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Cook's Notes

If you want your cake to be even redder, increase the food coloring by one to three tablespoons.

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  • cakengiftsini
    30 MAY, 2017
    With the help of this recipe I made this cake successfully because I did not know how to make it. It’s taste was superb!!! I would like to recommend this cake to all my friends. Same Cake is also given on :
  • cakengiftsindia
    16 MAY, 2017
    I made this cake,it was Fabulous!!!! My w[filtered] family enjoyed very much after eating it. Thanks for this amazing recipe……
  • MS10411910
    31 JUL, 2016
    What could make traditional red velvet cake even better? Chocolate, of course!
  • delaneyechevar
    3 JUN, 2016
    I wanted to make this cake, but I don't have an electric mixer. Is it possible to make it with a normal hand mixer?
  • 14Deb
    16 SEP, 2014
    I feel compelled to comment on this recipe having made it 3 times. Moist and fluffy, this cake is incredibly delicious. I follow the recipe exactly, and each time it has been a huge hit. I always have all ingredients at room temperature, and I use high quality cocoa and butter. I frost it with Martha's buttercream frosting, and if you use that recipe you should be aware that the full recipe will yield too much frosting for this cake, but half will not be enough. Also, add more vanilla.
  • imwende
    11 FEB, 2014
    This recipe is very similar to the one my Aunt made me every yr for my birthday over 40 yrs her's she combined the food coloring and the cocoa to make a paste then added all time favorite cake..or it's possible that the beet cake is..I'm on the fence about whether she made me this recipe or the beet cake recipe.?? just know I loved it which ever it was..wish I had known to ask for her recipe all those yrs ago..I recently got this one from my cousin.
  • jupiter1
    16 DEC, 2013
    hi, can i replace the cream cheese frosting by buttercream or any other frosting? My husband does not like cream cheese frosting. Thank you
  • KSofOhio1
    4 OCT, 2013
    I made this cake for my husband and all he could say was, "Mmmmmm". It is that good! I'm really glad I found this recipe. The cake was tender and very flavorful. I used Cream Cheese Icing since we love the tang of the cream cheese and how it tastes with the cake. I will definitely make this again.
  • abhinav
    26 SEP, 2013
    Hi, i am The Lead Cake designer at, we operate out of gurgaon, india, i had made this recipe for one of our very loyal customer, it was his wife’s birthday and he needed something special so we made this red velvet cake for him in heart shape. those guys loved it. thank you for putting this online. thanks again.
  • inigomontoyayoukilledmyfatherp
    26 AUG, 2013
    Oh lordy! this be delicious!