Triple layer red velvet cake

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Red velvet layer cake recipe
Red velvet layer cake recipe
  • Serves: 10

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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Our mouth-watering triple layer red velvet cake is a favourite! An impressive centrepiece for a party, this red velvet layer cake will really show someone you care. Layer deep red sponges in a cool cream cheese frosting to make this delicious cake recipe. This recipe serves 10 people and will take only 50 mins to prepare, bake and decorate. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. This recipe shows you how to make a light, cream cheese frosting too.


  • 60g unsalted butter or soft margarine
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 large free-range egg, beaten
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1 sp vanilla extract
  • Red food colouring
  • 125ml buttermilk
  • 150g plain flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
For the frosting:
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 600g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g cream cheese

Be careful not to add too much red food colouring. Use just enough to get the desired colour, too much and youll taste it in the finished cake.


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas mark 3. Grease and line three 20 cm/8 in sandwich tins. Beat the butter or soft margarine and caster  sugar in a mixer (or with an electric hand whisk) until really pale and fluffy. Slowly add the egg, beating wildly as you go.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa, vanilla extract and some red food colouring until you have a thick, dark paste. Then add 1 teaspoon of water at a time and mix well until the mixture just starts to run a bit (but it should still be pretty thick). Add this to the buttery egg mixture and beat well until it is all incorporated. Add half the buttermilk and give it a good beat, then add half the flour and beat again. Repeat this process with the remaining buttermilk and flour. Finally add the vinegar and the bicarbonate of soda and beat away for another 12 minutes.
  3. Divide the mixture between the three tins and bake for about 25 minutes or until a skewer comes away cleanly. Cool the cakes on a wire rack.
  4. To make the frosting beat together the butter, icing sugar, vanilla and cream cheese until fluffy and spreadable. You may need to add a bit more sugar if it is all too runny, or maybe a drop or two of milk if it is too thick. Do taste as you go, though, and make sure youve got enough vanilla in there.
  5. Sandwich the cakes together with a thin layer of frosting and then spread the remains over the top and sides of the cake.

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Cathy Dootson

i made this cake i think the quantities must be wrong there is just not enough mixture it does make a nice cake but i would double the mixture if not treble it, i ended up cutting all 3 cakes in half and doing 6 layers but only having half a cake. try cakeflair christmas red colouring you dont need much as it is a paste and not a liquid

Kelly Hilton

Has anyone successfully made this cake to look anything like the picture? I attempted it twice and both times didn't rise enough to even look like a cake! The first time I put a little too much food colouring in as couldn't get it to look like a dark paste. Please help!

Therese Zammit Munro

I just love cooking !!!!!!

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