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Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Southern Red Velvet Cake is will be your new favorite dessert. With its red color and chocolate flavor, it pairs fantastically with the homemade creamy cream cheese.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time28 mins
Decorating time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: southern red velvet cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 674kcal
Author: Jill


Cake Ingredients

  • 2 boxes of red velvet cake mix
  • 6 large eggs
  • C canola oil
  • 2 C water

Cream cheese frosting Ingredients

  • ½ C unsalted butter softened
  • 1 - 8 oz block cream cheese softened
  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 C reserved red velvet cake crumbs


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spay cake pans with pam baking spray
  • Using a large mixing bowl and hand mixer, beat together all cake ingredients until combined and smooth
  • Divide the cake batter between the three cake pans
  • Bake in the oven for 28-35 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean
  • Allow to cool completely

Cream cheese frosting directions

  • Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter and cream cheese
  • Gradually beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla until combined and smooth

Building and decorating directions

  • Cut off the domes of the cake and crumble into a bowl, set aside
  • Place the first layer of the cake onto a 10inch round cake board
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting into the piping bag
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting onto the first cake layer
  • Smooth evenly
  • Place the second cake layer on top of the first layer of frosting
  • Scoop another cup of frosting onto the second cake layer and smooth evenly
  • Place the last cake layer on top
  • Using the remaining frosting, frost entire cake
  • Using the cake crumbs, coat the bottom layer of the cake
  • Pipe dollops of frosting on the top of the cake
  • Sprinkle some cake crumbs onto the top of the cake
  • Cut and enjoy!


Calories: 674kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 772mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 68g | Vitamin A: 248IU | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 3mg