Red Velvet Cake

It was my husband’s birthday over the weekend. The  man who always speak to me in sweet honesty and truth, my number one supporter, chief food taster for K’s Cuisine, my manager (as Hariat – a friend and sister jokingly put it), my best friend, my love, father of my adorable daughters, my all in all. I know you’re reading and smiling. You see people, he’s probably the first person reading this post- told you he’s my number one fan 🙂

I thank God for the day I met you hun and for the journey so far. Cheers to the beautiful years ahead of us. Love you much Mr Amusa my K baby..heheee.

For his birthday, I made two cakes. A coconut cake covered in fondant and a red velvet cake frosted in buttercream (though red velvet is traditionally frosted with cream cheese). Since I haven’t put up a recipe for red velvet on the blog, I decided to put it now.

Red velvet cake is chocolate cake coloured red. It is traditionally layered and topped with cream cheese. It is moist, chocolatey, delicious and red! By the way, red is one of my favourite colour. Below is my recipe for red velvet cake and I promise to make a post soon on cream cheese frosting. So here we go:

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Baking time: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS (8 inch pan)

200g Butter

500g Sugar

5 Eggs

Dark or bright Red Colouring (depending on the shade you want to achieve) I used dark red on this occasion as that was the colour I had available.

1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

500g Self raising flour

270ml Buttermilk

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 and 1/4 teaspoon Cider Vinegar

3 tablespoons Cocoa powder


Tip: Measure all ingredients ready, grease and line the bottom of the baking pan with baking sheet before commencing.

1) In a mixing bowl add the butter and sugar and beat with electric mixer till it’s fluffy and turns pale.



2) Break the eggs into a bowl, add vanilla extract, lemon zest and beat the mixture lightly.


3) Add the eggs to the butter/sugar mixture very slowly while still mixing with electric mixer. This is to prevent the mixture from curdling. If it does curdle, don’t worry about it.


4) Add cocoa powder , vanilla extract and red colouring and mix lightly.


5) Add in flour alternating with buttermilk till all incorporated.

6) Put cider vinegar in a small bowl, add the baking soda and whisk a little till it bubbles. Add this to the cake batter  and do one final mix.

red velvet cake

Note: The vinegar/baking soda mixture makes the colour develop and stay red when cake is baked.

7) Pour batter into baking pan and bake in  preheated oven

red velvet cake

8) Bake in pre heated oven at 180 degrees centigrade ( gas mark 4) for 45-50 minutes or till cake is done.

Tip: To check if cake is done, dip a toothpick or skewer in the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean then the cake is ready. If it comes out wet then bake some more.

9)  When the cake is done, take it out of the oven and let it cool for about 20minutes then remove from baking pan onto a rack and leave till it is well cooled.

10) Remove the baking sheet from the base.

Got so busy that  i unfortunately stopped taking pictures. I promise to update with more pictures when next I bake a red velvet cake.

I had to takeout the leftover cake picture from the freezer to take this picture below…lol

red velvet

Below are pictures of the second cake. Coconut cake  covered in fondant.

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Happy baking 🙂

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Some of you have asked me to make a blog post on decorating cake. If you would like to see a blog post on that drop a comment below.

15 thoughts on “Red Velvet Cake”

  1. Hi, I tried ur red velvet cake and its d best cake I ever baked! Thanks kemi, am ssure gonna try ur other cake recipes.

  2. Hi kemi, I luv d work ur doin… My baby’s bday’s on sunday nd wld luv to bake ur redvelvet cake for her. Saw d recipe nd it got me thinkin… I was told ur butter flour sugar nd eggs av to b d same measurement, pls lemme knw asap as I dnt wanna get it wrong pls. God bless u.

  3. thanks kemi. please i would a blog post on how to decorate a cake both the foundant icing, buttercream icing and the royal icing. thnk you

  4. Hi Kemi,

    I have never tried RVC before. I used your recipe last week and I can’t stop eating it…lol.

    I want to make a 9″ round pan,please how do I size up this recipe to get a 4″ deep 9″ round cake.

    Using the above recipe gave me an impressive 4″ deep 8″ round cake.


  5. Hi Kemi

    Thanks for the recipe.
    Which brand of cider vinegar will you recommend? Also is cider vinegar same as distilled vinegar and white distilled vinegar? Please help to clarify…Thanks

    1. Hi Toks, You can use any brand of cider vinegar. cider vinegar is not same as distilled vinegar. cider vinegar is lighter in taste and acidic level differs a bit. However you can use distilled vinegar in place of white vinegar.

  6. woow……. i av learnt from this, thank you so much. i will really like to see a blog post on decorating cake, looking forward to that

    1. Tolulope, you’re welcome. I have now decided to make a post on simple decorating technique. Hope you’re subscribed to the blog so u don’t miss the post when it comes 🙂

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