Red velvet cake

Bake a modern classic with this fabulous red velvet cake. With a light chocolate flavor and bright red sponge cake, it’s both delicious and beautiful to look at.

The secret of its velvety texture lies in the combination of buttermilk, cocoa powder and a touch of spicy vinegar. The result is a moist and tender cake that melts in your mouth with every bite.

Be it a birthday party or a special occasion, this red velvet cake is sure to impress your guests. The rich cream cheese frosting provides the perfect finishing touch, creating a harmonious balance of flavors that will have anyone craving seconds.

So why wait? Indulge your senses and create an unforgettable dessert experience with this irresistible Red Velvet Cake recipe.


  • some candy to decorate, we used jelly hearts from a candy store (optional)
  • 250g butter, plus some butter for greasing
  • 200g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 500g plain flour
  • 500g golden powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 200g natural yogurt
  • 400 g cooked beetroot in natural juices (no vinegar)
  • 4 tbsp or 2 x 28ml bottle red food coloring (optional – natural liquid coloring won’t work; we used Scarlett Langdale)
  • 200 g full-fat soft cheese, at room temperature
  • 250 g butter, soft
  • 400g powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Preparation steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
  2. Prepare the first batch of sponge cake dough by greasing and lining 2 x 20cm round tins.
  3. Carefully melt half of the butter and chocolate in a saucepan.
  4. Mix half the flour, sugar, cocoa, bicarb and ¼ teaspoon salt in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Mix one egg and half of the yogurt and beetroot in a food processor or blender until fairly smooth.
  6. Put the kettle on.
  7. Add the beetroot mixture to the dry ingredients along with the melted chocolate mixture and 150 ml boiling water and stir.
  8. If using, stir in half the food coloring and divide the mixture between the cans.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Let the cakes cool completely on a wire rack.
  11. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make two more sponge cakes. If you’re lucky enough to have 4 x 20 cm sandwich pans, you can also bake a large batch at once.
  12. To make the glaze, briefly mix the soft cheese and butter, then stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla.
  13. Use a small amount to assemble the cooled cakes, then swirl the rest over the entire cakes and decorate with candy as desired.
  14. Place the cake in a cool place (not the refrigerator) to firm up a little before serving.

Nutritional Information

656 31g 11g 86g 66g 1g 6g 1.5g

Equipment and tools

Here are some essential equipment and tools you will need to make this red velvet cake:

  • mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer or hand mixer
  • baking molds
  • Baking paper or parchment paper
  • Cooling rack
  • Spatula or spatula
  • Piping bag and nozzle (optional for decorating)
  • Cake stand or plate for serving

Allergen information

This Red Velvet Cake contains the following allergens:

  • butter
  • Dark chocolate
  • Plain flour
  • Natural yoghurt
  • Soft cheese
  • powdered sugar

Please note that depending on the products used, this recipe may also contain traces of nuts or other allergens. Always check labels for possible allergens.

Storage and leftovers

After baking, you can store this Red Velvet Cake for several days. Here are some storage tips:

  • Allow cake to cool completely before storing.
  • Wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out.
  • Store the cake at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • If desired, you can refrigerate the cake for longer shelf life, but bring it back to room temperature before serving.

If there are any leftovers, you can enjoy them within a few days or freeze them for later consumption. Simply wrap individual slices in cling film or place them in a freezer-safe container. Before serving, thaw the frozen cake slices in the refrigerator overnight.

Health Benefits of Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake is a delicious treat that has become increasingly popular in recent years. While it may not be the healthiest dessert option, it offers some surprising health benefits when consumed in moderation. Let’s take a closer look at the health benefits of Red Velvet Cake:

1. Dark chocolate

The presence of dark chocolate in Red Velvet Cake can provide several health benefits. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, particularly flavonoids, which are known to have anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits. These antioxidants may help reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases and improve heart health.

2. Beetroot

One of the unique ingredients in Red Velvet Cake is cooked beetroot. Beets are a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, including folic acid, manganese and potassium. It also contains nitrates, which can improve blood circulation and help lower blood pressure. Additionally, beetroot is known for its potential anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

3. Yogurt

Plain yogurt is another ingredient in Red Velvet Cake that offers health benefits. Yogurt is packed with probiotics, beneficial bacteria that support a healthy gut. Probiotics can improve digestion, boost the immune system, and contribute to overall gut health. Additionally, yogurt is a good source of protein, calcium and other essential nutrients.

4. Soft cheese

The soft cheese frosting used in Red Velvet Cake may provide some health benefits. Soft cheeses like cream cheese are a good source of protein and calcium. It also contains vitamin A, which is essential for maintaining healthy skin and good vision. However, due to its high calorie and fat content, it is important to consume soft cheese in moderation.

5. Vanilla extract

Although vanilla extract in red velvet cake is used primarily for flavor, it does offer some potential health benefits. Vanilla has antioxidant properties that may help protect against cell damage caused by free radicals. It can also have a calming effect and help reduce anxiety and stress.

Although red velvet cake can be enjoyed as a special treat on occasion, it is important to note that it is usually high in sugar and calories. Eating too much cake can lead to weight gain and other health problems. For optimal health, it’s always a good idea to maintain moderation and balance in your overall diet.

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