Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

from Bakerella

serves 12

you will need a sheet of parchment paper and a 15x10x1 rimmed baking sheet

It seems like a lot of food coloring and it makes a bright red cake.  If you don't want to use so much food coloring, you can use half as much and the cake will still taste the same but just be a lot less bright red.

If you like a lot of frosting, make one and a half times the amount called for here and you should have plenty.


for the cake:

3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 eggs
1-1/2 cups oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoons vanilla
2 ounces red food coloring
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus a little additional to dust the pan with
2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda 

for the Cream Cheese Frosting:

9 cups confectioners' sugar 
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1-1/2 cups butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla


Make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the parchment paper to fit on the bottom of the rimmed baking sheet.  Brush a little of the melted butter on the bottom of the sheet to help the parchment paper stick and place the paper on the bottom of the baking sheet. Brush the rest of the melted butter on the top of the parchment and dust with a little bit of flour.  Shake the pan to distribute the flour and then turn upside down and tap out the excess. 

Lightly stir eggs in a medium bowl with a wire whisk.  Add remaining liquid ingredients and stir together with whisk until blended.  Set aside.

Place all the dry ingredients in a different mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and stir together really well with another wire whisk or the paddle attachment of the stand mixer. Carefully add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium-high for about a minute or until completely combined.  

Pour into the baking sheet and then drop the pan on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.  

Bake for about 25 - 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center is just clean.  Allow to cool in pan for about 10 minutes and then remove cake by placing a wire rack on top and then flipping the whole thing over.  

Cool completely before frosting.

Make the frosting:

Sift sugar and set aside.  Beat cream cheese and butter on high until creamy.  Add vanilla. Add the sugar in batches, scraping down the sides in between each addition. 

Assemble the cake:   Place the cake on a cutting board and cut into equal thirds (4-1/2 inches). Place one third on your serving platter and frost the top.  Place the second third on top of that and frost the top and then the final cake layer. Frost the top of that layer with a thin layer of frosting and then frost the sides with a thin layer of frosting. Refrigerate cake for about a half hour.  This will harden the frosting and then make it easier to frost the rest of the cake without getting red crumbs in the white frosting.  Frost the entire cake with the rest of the frosting.

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