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Red Velvet recipe – Delicate Cake with a Fluffy Crust

Red Velvet is a famous cake that every sweet lover longs to taste. The preparation is more demanding, but the result will amaze you. Try the red velvet cake recipe that tastes wonderful.

This famous cake not only looks beautiful but tastes amazing. It can be prepared in several ways and will always impress you. Will you try making it?

Red velvet recipe
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The Red Velvet cake is more challenging to prepare, but the result is worth it. This cake, also nicknamed “red velvet,” can also be made in a more diet-friendly manner. You can prepare Red Velvet from red beet, decorate the healthy cake with fruit, and also make it as muffins or Red Velvet cupcakes. There are many variations, but first, definitely try the fluffy cake in its original form.

Cake history

The Red Velvet cake originates from Maryland, where it began to be prepared in the early 20th century. However, this cake truly became famous when the renowned Waldorf Astoria hotel (which also serves the popular Waldorf salad) in New York started serving it to its guests.

Why is Red Velvet red?

The cake dough is colored dark red, hence the name. In the past, the desired color was achieved through a chemical reaction between cocoa powder and acidic ingredients. Nowadays, the typical red color is most often achieved using food coloring.

How does Red Velvet cake taste?

The Red Velvet cake is considered a type of chocolate cake; it’s very delicate, velvety, and fluffy. The dough is layered with a gentle cream, making its taste fantastic, and you surely won’t resist. Red Velvet cake with mascarpone and whipped cream is a real delicacy.

Have you tried baking your cake called red velvet? The combination of crust and cream flavors is excellent, and its taste will surely amaze you. If you’re already drooling, start baking and try making your famous red cake.

The Red Velvet cake is a great dessert that you can prepare for your loved one on Valentine’s Day and is also suitable for more festive occasions, such as a birthday celebration. To celebrate a birthday, you can also prepare an delicious birthday cake.

Red Velvet recipe – Delicate Cake with a Fluffy Crust

Difficulty: Beginner Prep time 45 min Cook time 30 min Total time 1 hr 15 mins
Cooking Temp: 175  °C Servings: 12


Red Velvet cake can indeed be prepared in several ways. There are various recipe variations for this cake, but if you want to try making this popular cake at home for the first time, try our recipe, which will help you succeed, even if you're not the most skilled pastry chef.

Ingredients for the crust

Ingredients for the cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C and prepare a cake mold by greasing it with fat and dusting with coarse flour.
  2. Sift flour and cocoa into a bowl and add salt.
  3. In another bowl, mix buttermilk with food coloring.
  4. Whisk softened butter with sugar, add eggs and vanilla extract, and continue whisking.
  5. Finally, gradually whisk in the flour and colored buttermilk.
  6. Put baking soda in a cup, pour over with apple vinegar, and once the mixture bubbles up, gently mix it into the dough.
  7. Pour the finished dough into the prepared mold and bake until golden. Each oven bakes differently, so continuously check the crust. Test if it's baked using a skewer.
  8. Let the baked crust cool in the refrigerator for about two hours.
  9. In the meantime, prepare the cream by mixing mascarpone with sugar and whisking. Also, whisk the cream and then gently mix it into the mascarpone. The cream should be beautifully whipped and delicate.
  10. Take the crust out of the refrigerator, cut it in half, and fill it with the prepared cream. Then put the finished cake back in the refrigerator to cool for a while.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What food coloring to use for Red Velvet cake?

Apart from gel food coloring, you can color the Red Velvet cake with classic powdered food coloring, which must be dissolved in a little water beforehand. You can also use liquid food coloring or a mixture specifically designed for Red Velvet cake preparation. Can artificial coloring in the cake be replaced with something healthier? A great dye is red beet. The healthy version of this recipe contains red beet.

How to decorate Red Velvet?

If you don't like fondant or marzipan, you can decorate the cake with confectionery icing. But you can also decorate the Red Velvet cake with fruit, whipped cream, grated chocolate, chocolate shavings, or confectionery colored balls.

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