Practical Red Velvet Cake

Practical Red Velvet Cake, Eays Red Velvet Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Red Velvet Cake

Hands-On Time 45 Mins Total Time 2 Hours 15 Mins Yield Serves 10

Practical Red Velvet Cake
Practical Red Velvet Cake, Eays Red Velvet Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Red Velvet Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pans
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the pans
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Cream Cheese Frosting

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat oven to 350° F. Butter two 8-inch round cake pans and dust with flour, tapping out the excess. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; set aside.Step 2

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, vinegar, and food coloring until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Step 3

Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the buttermilk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix just until combined (do not overmix).

Step 4

Divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool the cakes in the pans for 15 minutes, then turn out onto racks to cool completely.

Step 5

Transfer one of the cooled cakes to a plate and spread with 1 to 1½ cups of the frosting. Top with the remaining cake and spread the top and sides with the remaining frosting. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

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