This Red Velvet Cake Mix recipe with cream cheese buttercream is cake mix based but doctored up to taste like it came straight out of a bakery! It's easy, delicious and beautiful.
Last week I made the Red Velvet Cake with Ganache and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and since that was my very own recipe, I thought I'd share it. I worked from 3 different recipes/cookbooks in coming up with my final recipe.
Before you get started, please note that this is a cake mix based recipe. I prefer to start with a yellow cake mix, but I often use white as well. Bottom line, it's not totally from scratch. For those that are opposed to doctored cake mix recipes, this is not for you.
If you're looking for a from-scratch Red Velvet Cake recipe, check out this one over on Buttery Sweet --> https://butterysweet.com/easy-red-velvet-cake-recipe/ .
Down here in southern Mississippi, at least where I live, all red velvet cake recipes include a little bit of cocoa and a little almond extract. Both of those flavors are essential in any Red Velvet Cake recipe. For that reason, this recipe has both!
I made this cake for a small family birthday get-together and I decided to "keep it simple". So... instead of any fancy decorations, I used some leftover fondant flowers from this cake. It was simple, but my daughter thought "soooo pretty Mommy". I liked it too!
The awesome thing about this Red Velvet Cake Mix recipe is that it's soft and moist, but also sturdy enough for carving and stacking for tiered cakes. I've done it many, many times with no issues!
This Red Velvet Naked Cake was made for a bridal shower and I loved how easy it was to stack and also that I could see the red cake through the thin frosting. I've also done this for a tier of a wedding cake. You can see that in this naked cakes post.
Please note - I didn't include the cream cheese frosting recipe below but you can find it here --> Cream Cheese Frosting recipe. This recipe is one of the most popular on my blog and I'm sure you'll love it too!
Did I miss any details? Do you have any questions about this cake? Please leave them in the comments!
This Red Velvet Cake recipe is cake mix based but doctored up to taste like it came straight out of a bakery! It's easy, delicious and beautiful.
- 1 (15.25 oz.) white or yellow cake mix (I use Pillsbury)
- ½ cup all-purpose flour*
- 1 cup (8 oz.) sour cream
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ⅓ cup oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 oz. red food coloring
- ½ tbsp. almond extract
- ½ tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. vinegar
- 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
Find the cream cheese frosting recipe here.
- Preheat your oven to 325°F.
- Spray two 7-inch or 8-inch pans with non-stick spray or use parchment paper (see how to do this perfectly here).
- Thoroughly mix all ingredients together (I like to mix it for at least 3 minutes).
- Bake at 325° for about 35-45 minutes (for 7" or 8" round pans).
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then flip out and completely cool on a cooling rack.
- Instead of my Aunt Carols Cream Cheese frosting (which is delicious, but not made for decorating), I used my Cream Cheese Buttercream recipe and added 1 Tbsp. of Almond extract to make it more traditional. You can also add nuts to the frosting if you like... something very popular around where I live!
*If you like, you can also use an extra 3 ounces or ½ cup of dry cake mix to match the flavor you used in the cake.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
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