This Easy Red Velvet Cake Recipe is so delicious and simple to create. Filled and topped with Cream Cheese Frosting and fresh berries, it doesn’t get any better! I like to post recipes that anyone can create, so let me know how this one works for you! Share your experience below in the comments!
BAKING IS MY THERAPY
About a year ago, I was diagnosed with moderate depression. With two babies, a full time student, plus the duties of just being a wife and mom in general, it was just a lot sometimes. Baking has really been my therapy for many years. I love it. The kitchen is my happy place. I really don’t know what it is about baking that is so calming and relaxing for me. I think it is more decorating and coming up with new designs that I really enjoy. It sparks my creativity and I just love sharing new things with you guys!
To me, there is nothing better than a homemade cake. It really makes a difference baking from scratch, plus the bragging rights of making an amazingly delish cake! Everything about this cake is homemade with love. From the cake to the frosting, it just doesn’t get any better than that my friends! Oh, did I mention it is SUPER easy???
I know what you’re thinking, what is cake goop!? Let me tell you, it is THE SINGLE GREATEST THING that I have come across in my baking career. I hate it when I spend so much time, effort, and money on a cake, then get ready to take it out of the pan, and it STICKS TO THE PAN!!! That makes me want to throw the pan right through the window. So, with some research I discovered this amazing little recipe to help you keep your cakes looking beautiful and never stick to the pan!
All you need is 1 cup of flour, vegetable oil, and vegetable shortening. That is it! Combine all the ingredients together in a mixer until smooth and place about a quarter size amount in your cake pans and brush in with a pastry brush or you can even use a paper towel. Super easy and it saves you a lot of headaches! Keep the remaining in an airtight container and just keep it handy for the next time you make a cake!
One thing to remember, is when you make any sort of buttercream or frosting with powdered sugar, sifting is key! I learned the hard way… Now, let’s get to the sweet stuff you came for! Below is a printable recipe for you!Print
This Easy Red Velvet Cake Recipe is so delicious and simple to create. Topped with Cream Cheese Frosting and fresh berries, it doesn’t get any better!
FOR THE CAKE:
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups self rising flour
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tsp almond extract
2–3 tbsp red food coloring
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
1 package of cream cheese at room temperature
1 stick butter at room temperature (salted is fine here)
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two 8″ cake pans with *cake goop or non-stick baking spray.
Combine sugar and eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.
Sift baking soda and flour together and add into the mixer and combine. Add in the oil, buttermilk, food color, and vanilla and mix until combined.
Distribute batter evenly between the two pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 5-10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
If desired, level cakes by cutting off the dome of the cakes and then cutting them in the middle to make 4 layers. This part isn’t necessary, but will make your cake more level.
TO PREPARE THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
Cream together the butter and cream cheese with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
Add in the vanilla extract and mix until combined.
Add it the sifted powdered sugar one cup at a time until fully combined.
Mix on a high speed for 2-3 minute or until the frosting is light and fluffy and easy to spread.
Assemble your cake by putting one layer on a cake board or plate and topping with a generous amount of the frosting and leveling with a spatula. Add the next layer of cake and continue with all of the layers.
Top with fresh berries and serve!
*Cake Goop is 1 cup of flour, vegetable oil, and vegetable shortening. Combine all the ingredients together in a mixer until smooth. Place about a quarter size amount in the cake pans and brush in with a pastry brush or a paper towel. Keep the remaining in an airtight container and keep it handy for the next time you make a cake!
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