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Perfect Red Velvet

I have been trying and trying to find a recipe that lived up to my expectations. One that is moist, yet dense and can stand up to being made into beautiful works of art. I also wanted the recipe to be my own. So, I borrowed from this recipe and that recipe and modified ingredient amounts and this is what I came up with. It makes 2 9inch square cakes perfectly. You should let the cake cool for atleast 30 minutes in the pan before you remove it. I always have problems with my cakes crowning but this one did not.(did I mention that I live in a studio and bake in a small toaster oven? So for this cake to come out this good is amazing!)


  • 1box of DH butter recipe yellow cake mix 1 stick of butter half melted with the chocolate chips and the other half softened and beat in with the sour cream. 3/4 c of dark chocolate chips 3 whole eggs and 1 egg white 1 c cake flour ( I use Swan's down) 3/4 c sugar 1/2 box Jello instant chocolate pudding mix 1 c sour cream 1 c 2% milk with 1 tsp of lemon juice added ( let sit for 10 minutes or just use buttermilk if you happen to have it on hand) 2 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 oz of red food coloring 2/3 c water 2 Tbs cocoa powder 2 tsp baking soda 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
***Start by sifting together the cake mix, flour, 1/2 box of pudding mix, and cocoa powder into a bowl and set aside. ***Take half your stick of softened butter and put it into the microwave with the chocolate chips. Microwave in 30 second intervals mixing with a spatula in between, util butter and chocolate are melted. ***In your mixing bowl add your softened butter, sour cream, melted butter and chocolate mixture and mix on low speed for about 1 minute or until well incorporated. Next add your eggs one by one and mix well after each incorporation.  Add the vanilla and the red food coloring mixing well. ***Start adding your dry ingredients a little at a time alternating with your milk and water mixing well after each incorporation. If you find that your batter is thick when all of the dry ingredients are added ( which can happen from climate to climate due to humidity) just add a little more water at a time until the cake reaches the right consistency. Once this is all mixed well, beat on med-high for about 2 minutes. ***In a separate container, put your baking soda and your vinegar mix well. Add this to the bowl of batter and mix in well for about 30 seconds. ***If you feel like you need to mix any more, do it by hand with a spatula, scraping the sides and making sure everything is incorporated. ***Spray your pan with Baker's secret spray or use the butter/Crisco and flour method. Fill your pans no more than half full and bake at 325 degrees for approximately 30 to 35 minutes. (Again, mine is in a toaster oven, your oven may bake them faster) Do not open the oven door until at least 20 minutes have passed and then you can peek and judge your cooking time from there. Cake is done when a wooden skewer poked in the center comes out clean. **Again, leave the cake in the pans on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes before you move them to a cooling rack. ***I fill my cake with the Whipped White Chocolate Ganache (the recipe is on here...just remember to let the cooled chocolate and cream mixture rest ATLEAST over night and you MAY have to do what I did and add a box of sugar free Jello White Chocolate Pudding mix to get it to firm is an AWESOME filling!! The BEST I have ever tasted! And I am super picky with this stuff!!) Anyway,  and then I ice it with my own concoction of a Cream Cheese and White Chocolate Buttercream (when I make it this time, I will keep up with the proportions of all of the ingredients and share that with you as well,  as right now I just do it by "feel" and adjust things as I go along to get the finished product that I am happy with.) I am trying to get better about writing these things down!!   I hope you enjoy it!!   Cheers!!!

Comments (35)

Sounds great! I'm doing a wedding cake next month with red velvet, so I may give this a try. There is a lot of discussion about what RV is supposed to taste like...can you taste the chocolate in yours?
I am going to be on the lookout for your cream cheese and white chocolate bc!
Im excited to try this recipe but now Im even more excited to try your cream cheese and white chocolate bc! YUM!
Chocolate chips and chocolate pudding? Sacrilege! ;) I have no doubt this is a yummy recipe with those ingredients....but Steel Magnolias can't call this a Red Velvet cake! =) JustGettinStarted, I would make a few recipes of RV (including this one, of course!) for your bride to try. If she's southern, she doesn't expect to taste chocolate!
This sounds pretty good, does the cake actually turn red with this method .I know that with some chocolates the cake wont turn red so i usually use the red food coloring method . Think I'm going to make this today... :). I have some ghirardelli bittersweet chips in the fridge , wondering if the recipe will work with those .
I made this first as given and then I changed it a little bit. I liked this recipe but omitted the 2 TBS chocolate for a less chocolate taste and instead of butter used 2 TBS canola oil. I did use the buttermilk. I also preferred the Betty Crocker yellow mix to the DH that I used for the first go around.
There is definitely a debate about being able to taste the chocolate in a RV cake. As for being "southern" I am not exactly a Steel Magnolia, but I am a Cajun woman from the deep bayous of Louisiana, and quite frankly, I would put my cooking and baking up against a Magnolia any day of the week... Personally, when the issue of whether you should be able to taste the chocolate in an RV cake comes up, I err on the side of "YES" you Should be able to "taste" it. Otherwise, WHY ADD IT??? And, besides that, I, personally, happen to prefer it. As for the pudding, it is for texture and to help make the cake denser for carving. The butter in my original recipe was used because the cake mix that I used was a "butter recipe" yellow cake. If you are using a different brand of yellow cake mix that calls for oil, by all means, change it. As far as the red showing up, yes, it does show up, however, it IS a dark red. Therefore, you MAY want to change to vanilla pudding and do as GrandmaG did and omit the cocoa. Whatever your preference, you won't hurt my feelings. I just couldn't STAND ANY of the RV recipes that I found on CC (and I tried MOST of them!! We were eating RV for WEEKS!!!) before I decided to do a little concocting of my own. As for my White Chocolate Cream Cheese Butter cream, I will post that shortly. I am making it this coming week for a cake order (Pink Velvet cake with whipped white choc ganache filling and the White Chocolate Cream Cheese Butter cream icing. All covered with a 50/50 mixture of White chocolate choco-pan fondant and fondarific butter cream fondant....YUMMYYYYY!!)
Where exactly is the dense part in this cake. Its just like a cake made from a cake mix- light and fluffy (which i dont like). And not to mention that its pretty flavour less. What a waste of ingredients
Cakeastic, the pudding added to the mix along with the extra egg, and the variation of the other ingredients changes the taste and texture of the final cake. When making a mix based cake, anytime you change the ingredients and proportions, you will end up with a different cake overall than a mix made per the instructions on the box. You are essentially just using the boxed mix for pre-measured dry ingredients.
@ Cakeastic...the "dense" part comes from the pudding, the extra egg, the sour cream and the chocolate chips that, once the melted, incorporated throughout the batter and re-cooled, firms back up after being heated and mixed in with other ingredients, all add their own bit of dense properties. However, if you have a better RV recipe that is not "flavorless", by all means, please feel free to share it!! I am certainly no "expert" and I am always open to suggestions on improving a recipe or trying a different one. So again, I'd love to know what your favorite RV recipe is. Especially, since RV is my family's second favorite cake... Thanks!!
I just made this recipe yesterday for a shower and everyone loved it.
I'm trying it tonight for my own birthday cake, thanks fellow southern belle! I swear it's nearly impossible to find that RV cake we grew up with!! Also, why so serious?? Some comments make me ask myself are we talking about cake here???
I used Wilton gels instead of food coloring, and wasnt' quite sure how much to put in. I used maybe 4oz or 5oz and it isn't quite red enough. I also used white chocolate pudding mix instead of plain chocolate to make the color a bit brighter. Other than that it was great! Thank you for the recipe! Could you post your White chocolate cream cheese icing recipe??
or send me the recipe?? Thanks again!!
Is this a dense cake? I'm worried to try cause all the RV recipes I've tried so far are light and fluffy and I want a dense RV. Thanks :)
I live in the uk and have never made a red velvet cake before. Would love to try this one but the measurements for the ingredients make no sense to me? How much is a stick of butter?? What qualifies as a cup? The problems is, weights and measurements for 'a cup' must differ for different types of ingredients eg: A 'cup' of sugar will have a considerable difference as to a 'cup' of butter. I tend to use oz or grams to measure out my ingredients. I am baffled, can anyone help me out?
shelbell2482, 8 oz is equal to a "cup" & a stick of butter is equal to a 1/2 cup, or 4oz. Your best bet would be to look up a website for measurment conversions. I've had to to use a site like that before when I was using a recipe that had metric measurments. This is the one I use. I hope that helps!
I made this for halloween cupcakes using a whoopie pie cream filling for the frosting. I substituted white cake for the yellow and followed the rest of the recipe exactly. My only disappointment was that they seemed to rise quite nicely. When they were done (I even tested them while still in the oven), I took them out. Within a minute, I had flat tops on all of them. I decorated them with the white whoopie pie filling and made little cats, ghosts, bats & pumpkins out of gum paste to put on top of each with black and orange sanding sugar. The were adorable and very delicious. I took them to the Vets club on Halloween morning and 3 dozen were gone by noon.
shelbell2482 - a cup is 8 ounces and a stick of butter is 8 tablespoons or 1/4 cup. You can check conversion charts to help too :)
the box of jello pugging: the small one or the bigger one???? (excuse my englise I speak french lol)
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