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Southern red velvet 2-layer cake slice on a plate.
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Southern Red Velvet Cake

An easy Southern red velvet cake that's super moist, delicious, and made entirely from scratch.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Servings: 8
Calories: 335kcal


  • 2 9-inch round cake pans
  • spatula
  • Whisk
  • bowls


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk room temperature
  • 1 tbsp red food coloring or more if needed
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease two 9-inch cake pans. 
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, buttermilk, sugar, oil, vanilla extract, and red food coloring. 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and unsweetened cocoa powder. 
  • Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix until well combined but don't over mix. It's fine if you see some lumps in the batter. 
  • In a small bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Once it foams up, add it to the cake batter and fold it in. 
  • Evenly divide the cake batter into the prepared cake pans and bake for 25-26 minutes. 
  • Allow the cakes to cool completely and then run a knife around the edges to loosen and turn them onto a wire rack. Frost with cream cheese frosting and enjoy!


  • Do not overmix the cake batter or overbake the cake. Overbaking the cake for even a minute can cause it to dry out.
  • Use room-temperature eggs and buttermilk for even baking. And use softened butter and cream cheese! for a silky smooth frosting!
  • It's crucial that you allow the cake to cool completely before frosting otherwise the frosting will melt and run all over the place.


Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 492mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg