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

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2000



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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  • ALR4391582DW
    24 NOV, 2018
    This cake tasted good, but it was REALLY OILY! I tried twice thinking I did something wrong the first time. Your hand is visibly greasy after touching the top of the baked cake. I've never made a red velvet cake before so I'm not sure if this is just how they are but I've never had an oily cake. I don't think I'll try a third time unless somebody tells me if there's something else I can try or do differently.
  • 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.

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