My ex-mother in law gave me this recipe when I was married to her son and it was the best cake ever. SO moist and the flavor is very good…. after the divorce she refused to give it to me again when I lost it. Got it back from my daughter so I want to post it all over the net for ALL to try because it really is an awesome cake. And because I never want to loose it again! Truly sweet revenge.


  • 2 1/2 cup self rising flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 – 1oz bottles red food coloring
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 3 eggs


  1. Mix all cake ingredients together. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees in 3 greased cake pans. Cool cakes completely. Frost with cream cheese frosting. top with chopped pecans if you like.
    Cream Cheese Frosting
    1/3 cup softening butter
    8 0z cream cheese
    1 box powdered sugar
    mix together spread over cake



daynise37 Says... 2010-12-20 21:37:24

I'm going to try this recipe always trying out new Red Velvet recipes. I have one with brown sugar ass well

shawna29xx Says... 2010-12-22 18:09:09

love the back story!!! get your revenge!!

mifita Says... 2010-12-28 07:04:38

lol... love your story.

JulieConrad Says... 2011-01-03 10:04:23

Good for you! I needed a Red Velvet cake recipe that came highly recommended! Love the story.

7thheaven Says... 2011-01-03 11:24:13

LOL! Too funny! Gonna try this recipe.

_Zo_ Says... 2011-01-04 04:22:11

Doesn't red food colouring make it bitter? Which food colouring do you use? (Brand + form i.e paste, gel, liquid?)

carlawala Says... 2011-01-04 05:14:33

_z_ I use wiltons food colors no bitter taste..

schawas Says... 2011-01-04 12:54:40

liquid is best

Just4funbaker Says... 2011-01-05 17:12:29

Great Story, LOL!!! I needed a red velvet receipe for Valentines Day. Thank you

Spazmo76 Says... 2011-01-05 19:20:27

Great story love it! Does anyone out there in Australia know where I can get buttermilk from?

Mpw721 Says... 2011-01-06 18:39:07

If you can't find buttermilk, add a tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 cup of lowfat milk. Let it sit for a few minutes and you will have a buttermilk substitute.

tjiemelda Says... 2011-01-08 21:34:54

Love the story! Good job on your revenge! I will surely use this recepie and Thank you!!

dipsystar Says... 2011-01-09 05:23:48

LOL love the story,

Spazmo, Coles and Woolies sell buttermilk :)

Scrapheap Says... 2011-01-09 17:42:12

Thanks girls its a true story and the cake is truly awesome!. As for the food coloring I use just whatever is on the shelf in the bottle... in a bottle like a small vanilla bottle... McCormicks is one brand but the last one I used was Kroger Brand and as for buttermilk the vinegar in the white milk works like a charm!!! I have used that before in this very recipe!

Spazmo76 Says... 2011-01-11 16:55:06

Thanks for the help with the buttermilk ladies - much appreciated :)

_tinky_ Says... 2011-01-12 20:08:47

revenge is best served sweet! luv it! ;)

Isyboe Says... 2011-01-17 10:37:53

Does this cake stand up well in as a 3D cake ( I have never had Red Velvet Cake and am dieing to try this recipe...Also..Does Cream Cheese Icing Pipe?

CallMeCupcake Says... 2011-01-20 16:48:16

Love the story and can't wait to try, you can buy Buttermilk in the Dairy aisle in Australia.

eebeve Says... 2011-01-22 13:32:40

Can you pipe this cream cheese frosting?

Scrapheap Says... 2011-01-22 22:46:48

This particular cream chese frosting is not pipeable... you could maybe tweak it some to make it pipe though? Add more sugar? I dont pipe icing so I am not sure about it.

About the 3D question. this is a very very moist cake. I doubt it is going to stand up to sculpting.

sharont Says... 2011-01-24 15:12:02

Powdered sugar? I'm probably being thick, but please could you tell me what this is and where can I get it. Thanks. Love this story, really made me chuckle. X

LaTanyaGriffin Says... 2011-01-27 14:59:18

i'm going to use this recipe tonight, i love mother in laws revenge story

queeenb Says... 2011-01-28 09:15:55

sharont ... Powdered Sugar is 10x confectioners sugar.

SugarMama5 Says... 2011-02-02 15:24:18

How do you make self rising flour? I googled it and just want to make sure the way I read it is the same way you do it. Thanks!

SugarMama5 Says... 2011-02-02 15:25:53

By the way, I love your revenge! Great story and serves her right!

yadiraliz Says... 2011-02-10 10:06:14

how much is one box of powdered sugar?

bcarb Says... 2011-02-10 14:47:51

Well I'm going to try this cake, maybe for my hubby for V-day, but I won't use the food coloring, as am allergic to food dyes. Thanks for sharing the recipe and story. Too funny.

grammaof3 Says... 2011-02-10 15:38:57

Love the story, Sad that she's such a bitter woman and sooooo glad that your sharing it..

Paris85 Says... 2011-02-11 04:06:02

I haven't tried the recipe yet but I LOVED your story. Found it so funny I read it to my husband but he ruined the joke coz it took him ages to get the point, he was hung up on how u got the recipe for ages coz he didn't understand if it was your daughter or your mother in laws which time he totally ruined the whole joke! I loved it tho! Good for u!

@ 76 U can make buttermilk really easily. Its just half milk and half plain yoghurt. Whenever I run out of buttermilk at the last minute (which is often) i always just mix the two. Its exactly the same so the cake is just as good.

@ _ZO_ I use Dr Oetkers Red Food color, don't know if you get it where you are, but it was advised in one of my recipe books and to be honest it has given me better results than any other brand.

frostedwishes Says... 2011-02-11 20:07:54

Your to my benefit! I was looking for a good red velvet. I use buttermilk in alot of my recipes especially cupcakes recipes, it can make a world of difference. Can't wait to try it! Thanks dearest mother in law!

seashelley68 Says... 2011-02-13 08:29:24

I don't have self rising flour so I am going to try to make my own...1 cup flour, 1 1/4 tsp of Bkng Pwdr, 1/8 tsp. salt. Crossing my fingers!

lynmn2 Says... 2011-02-13 22:03:18

OH MY!!! HOW DELICIOUS!!! THis one is a winner and I have to say I've tried a lot of red velvet recipes! I really prefer baking with self raising flour as it makes the cake more fluffy. Cake flour (which I've seen in most red velvet recipes) just doesn't cut it for me (but thats my opinion). THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE! This tastes exactly like the red velvet cake that is sold at a bakery nearby and its a hit there so I've been searching for a recipe that would come close - this far exceeds!!

snookielo Says... 2011-02-14 12:34:26

I personally have never tasted a Red Velvet Cake and I made this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly but all I could taste was food coloring. Weird. I am going to try again using cake decorating color. I had heard that red coloring does have a distinctive taste. Love the story!!

yadiraliz Says... 2011-02-14 22:06:52

OMG! This recipe was just great! I really loved it. @snookielo Try getting the Wilton no taste red. I didnt have a problem :)

Scrapheap Says... 2011-02-26 18:50:46

Thanks girls I am glad you enjoyed the story AND the recipe.. it is really the best red velvet I have had.... The only regret I have is that my EX mother in law thinks the internet is evil and she will never see this post HA HA HA :-)

mimi10501 Says... 2011-03-03 21:12:33

what do u mean by flour the pan ?

Mademoiselle_Cupcake Says... 2011-03-04 20:11:59

I just finished making this recipe for the second time. The first time I had to substitute a few ingredients but this time I followed the recipe to a T with all the called for ingredients and for someone who has only made red velvet a hand full of times this is by far the best recipe. I know understand why it's called red velvet as the texture of the cake is sooooo smooth. I have yet to ice these for my clients engagement party tomorrow night but I'm sure they will be a hit!!! Thanks for this wonderful recipe :)

KCraine Says... 2011-03-05 22:33:02

Love the story! Will try the recipe myself this week! Thanks for sharing!

pinky_09 Says... 2011-03-16 19:37:31

At what temp and how long do you bake it?

DebbyJG Says... 2011-03-31 20:11:13

I made this last night, followed the recipe exactly. It baked up perfectly and looked beautiful, but when I went to taste test it.... OH so bland. It had no real flavor at all. I even use the good madagascar real vanilla, and - blech. I threw the whole cake out today and started with a new recipe, one I found online called something like "smack your mama red velvet cake". And wow, IT is red velvet cake. I don't know why this one is so bland, but I'm thinking it's because the recipe that turned out delicious used butter, and this one called for only oil. So yes, it was MOIST, but it tasted a bit like oil, too. (Are you SURE 1 and a half CUPS of oil is the correct amount? It seemed to be way too much.) Granted I hadn't put any cream cheese frosting on it yet, but I don't think it would have helped all that much. It was one of those that made me feel "not worth the calories to eat it". Sorry about that. :P

Terny Says... 2011-05-25 15:14:17

Made the cake--thought it was the BEST!!! Didn't use as much food coloring as it called for, but its the best in my taste buds. Good job. Got any more revenge recipes, please post.

mo63 Says... 2011-07-22 03:29:11

Iv never tried a red velvet cake but it does sound delicious so am going to try it very soon. I will let you know what i think. Thanks for the recipe.

mo63 Says... 2011-07-22 03:38:01

What size cake pans would you use? I'm guessing 8"

evy84 Says... 2011-09-04 11:37:20

I used this recipe as my first attempt at a red velvet cake...I must say I loved it! And my fiance that does not care for cake or sweets loved it as well! Thank you for sharing!

Dollys_Delectables Says... 2011-11-07 20:16:51

For those who are asking about whether or not the icing is pipeable.... I always use this recipe for cream cheese frosting and it pipes great! Tastes good too!

leasey Says... 2011-12-20 17:27:58

LOVE this recipe! Ive made it probably 25 times already. Its the only cake I can eat without any frosting. It always is very moist, the taste kind of reminds me of a sugar cookie.Thanks for posting it.

leasey Says... 2012-04-22 10:28:09

Ive to tell you, I have been using your recipe for over a year. it is the best RV cake in my opinion. I love the consistency and the flavor. Def my fave cake to date! Thank you.

Serena4016 Says... 2012-07-22 15:31:53

WOW.....I just tried this recipe and I did NOT like it at all!! It is just a really red cake with no real flavor and VERY greasy!!

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