Classic Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

My friend’s birthday was this week and I knew I wanted to make her a cake.  Like me, she has red hair, so I figured why not make a red velvet cake?  Again, I apologize for only having my phone to take pictures of the cake!  This recipe comes from,  “The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.”  I received this cookbook from my mom for my birthday and even though the recipe is for cupcakes I used it to make a two layered, 9-inch square cake.

Red Velvet Cake



  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of red food coloring
  • ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons distilled white vinegar



  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  2. Beat the sugar and butter together on low until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the vanilla, cocoa, and red food coloring until they thicken.
  5. Add the vanilla, cocoa, and food coloring mixture to the egg mixture.  Beat until everything is well incorporated.
  6. The add half of the buttermilk to the mixture and then add half the flour.  Repeat this step.
  7. Once all is mixed well add the salt, vinegar, and baking soda.
  8. Mix well for about a minute. And your batter is done!
  9. Place into cup cake or cake pans and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean!


You can either use this recipe to make cupcakes or a cake.  But now, onto the best part the frosting! (PS: if you are making a cake you are going to want to double the frosting recipe!)


Cream Cheese Frosting:



  • 2 1/3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 6 oz of cream cheese at room temperature




  1. Beat the butter and sugar first until well mixed.
  2. Then add the cream cheese it will take a little bit for the frosting to fully combine.

Once your cake or cupcake has cooled don’t be afraid to frost generously!!! Enjoy!!



3 thoughts on “Classic Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Karen

    I have seen several recipes from Hummingbird bakery and they have all been for a different cake. Must be a great recipe book and a great bakery.

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