I find the DH Red Velvet Mix cake to be a bit too fluffy when made using the box directions. By adding an extra egg, sour cream, and buttermilk, the cake is more dense and can withstand fondant. It also retains a nice red color. Enjoy!

Red Velvet Redux–Easy & Durable


  • 1 Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 1 box instant white chocolate (hard to find) or chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 1/3 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Hand mix all ingredients until incorporated and then mix on medium with a hand mixer for 1:30 to 2:00 minutes. Do not overbeat, as it will make the cake tough. Bake at 325 until a toothpick comes out clean, usually about 34-45 mins . Makes great cupcakes, too.
  2. This cake is tasty and sturdy. I often ice with a 50/50 mixture of homemade buttercream and canned cream cheese icing so that the cake can stay at room


princesscatt Says... 2009-09-07 16:43:02

Just made a 3 tier cake with this and it was the hit of the party...thanks for sharing the recipe..it's delicious!

chikie Says... 2009-09-07 19:06:45

I'm gonna try making this recipe...what size box of pudding do you use??

BlakesCakes Says... 2009-10-09 10:00:47

I always use the small boxes of instant pudding--around 3 ounces, I believe.

sugarjunky Says... 2009-10-13 01:53:35

Thanks for posting this recipe. I am planning to try it for a 2 tiered cake for a Halloween party. Can you tell me approximately how many cups of batter this recipe makes? I am making (2) 10 inch rounds and (2) 6 inch rounds. Thanks so much.

Jenny2451 Says... 2009-10-14 23:40:04

Hi! I've been asked to make a 3 tier wedding cake that is all Red Velvet. The tiers will measure 12 inches, 8 inches, and 6 inches. I'm planning on baking three 12 inch layers, square, then splitting them; 3 8 inch round layers, and splitting them, and 2 6 inch round layers and splitting them. She wants a white chocolate cream cheese buttercream frosting. Can you help me with quantities to produce the tiers I will be using? Thanks so very much!

lauralee422 Says... 2009-10-27 10:58:50

Does anyone know ifthis freezes well?

meowmix Says... 2009-10-29 20:17:21

I just did this and it came out amazing. I live in south Florida though so the icing part will be tricky. It's always really hot and humid. Crusting cream cheese icing recipes don't always really crust when it's this hot out! Any suggestions?

rosiecast Says... 2009-11-02 20:39:59

Has anyone tried making cupcakes with this recipe?

Dramatori Says... 2009-11-06 12:52:12

GREAT recipe, holds up well. I'm going to be using this recipe to make whoopie pies :)

Meowmix: Have you tried Christeena's Crusting Cream Cheese recipe? It works pretty good for me here in Indiana. I know it's more humid there, but it's definitely a recipe worth trying.

meowmix Says... 2009-12-09 14:12:38

I will try it Dramatori! Thanks for the tip. Also i wanted to know if anyone did end up making anything higher than 2 tiers with this cake? I am very interested in making a 3 tier cake for a salon opening. Thanks!

mooj Says... 2009-12-18 17:24:47

Yes! This freezes well and makes great cupcakes. Thanks so much for posting this recipe - my family is addicted and I've made it twice now for clients who loved it too!

frankdiabetes Says... 2010-01-05 17:48:34

So good! I used this to make a carved cake, and the trimmings were so tasty that I had to make another batch just for our family...

Firewife54 Says... 2010-01-06 20:34:41

This recipe was so moist and tasty! I will definitely keep this one for the future! Thanks for sharing!

airius Says... 2010-01-28 20:35:38

Are we to leave off the water completely?

mom2counts Says... 2010-02-25 09:58:34

Made cupcakes yesterday & they were great! I also made a 1/2 sheet pan which I am going to use for a spaghetti cake. I plan to carve the the edges down a little bit & use the crumbs for cake "meat" balls. Wish me luck!

Cakes_n_Cookies Says... 2010-03-14 17:32:21

Thank you Thank you.. this is my new go to red velvet recipe.

suedepp Says... 2010-06-04 22:28:54

Do you make the recipe on the box, and then add the ingredients listed? No eggs and no water?

madicakes Says... 2010-06-17 10:43:20

I made some changes to this, which made it taste a little better IMHO. I added some vinegar (to taste) and some additional red food coloring. Both contribute to the unique taste that a red velvet cake has, that the box mix does not seem to provide. All in all though, this is a GREAT cake!!! My husband's new favorite!

amynf1 Says... 2010-07-12 18:53:27

This is the second time I have used this one, it is fabulous. Makes a nice heavy cake perfect for decorating.

cfm328 Says... 2010-07-20 07:50:54

Blakescakes, So instead of the Ingredients on the box use the ones above instead (new at all of this). Can you do the same thing you have above for other cake mixes and does the sour cream and butter milk give it a different taste?

frankdiabetes Says... 2010-09-03 16:06:09

cfm328: I do that all the time, using yellow cake and french vanilla pudding, chocolate cake with devil's food pudding, white cake with cheesecake pudding or vanilla pudding...the possibilities are endless, and all delicious! You do not add the water called for on the box, just these ingredients. The batter is very thick and it makes a quite dense, moist cake.

Malibu516 Says... 2010-09-09 10:17:39

Hello :) I'm new here. I love this recipe & have made it several times. I am trying to figure out how much I need. Do you know how many cups of batter each recipe makes? I see someone else asked that but I don't see that it was ever answered. Please let me know. Thanks & Happy Baking! :)

Malibu516 Says... 2010-09-09 10:20:04

Just realized my last comment didn't really make sense. oops! I am making a wedding cake out of this and am trying to figure out how many times I will have to double or triple the recipe. I'm not at home right now & I'm trying to make a list for the grocery store. I have made this cake before.... but didn't really pay attention to how much batter it makes. So... just need to know.. if anyone does! :) thanks!

Buttafli Says... 2010-10-23 06:30:59

I love this recipe, I get good reviews all of the time! I have tried several recipes and none of them were as moist as this one! And because you are basically using all the ingredients, you cannot tell it's a box cake!

kjbrat Says... 2010-11-15 17:01:50

Love this recipe! Very easy and tastes better than the straight up box mix. I doubled the recipe for one 12 x 18 inch cake...after cooling it was about 1.75-2 inches high. Thank you for sharing!

wc Says... 2010-12-04 14:50:56

This had good flavor and texture, however, it tasted like a red, chocolate cake. It does not have the true flavor of a real red velvet cake.

HeatherDawnC Says... 2011-03-11 00:44:03

I have got rave reviews. I love this recipe!

calicopurr Says... 2011-04-04 17:52:02

Has anyone used milk with lemon juice or vinegar to sub for the buttermilk?

BlueberryMuffin Says... 2011-04-14 11:37:51

All I could find was sugar free white chocolate instant pudding mix. Is that ok or will it taste different because it's sugar free? I think I might just give it a try and see how it turns out. I'm also using low fat buttermilk instead of regular because it's what I have on hand. Fingers crossed:)

inda2681 Says... 2011-05-03 13:46:57

may i know how much instant white chocolate is needed for this recipe?

peggyslee Says... 2011-06-01 16:20:31

I made something very similar to 0this today and my family went nuts over it. I didn't have buttermilk so I omitted it and I used 1/2 butter and half oil instead of all oil. Fantastic recipe.

edensmom Says... 2012-02-15 15:00:37

Hi! Great cake! Thanks! I used the white chocolate pudding and milk/vinager sub. for buttermilk. I also added a 1/4 C of mini-chocolate chips, filled with cheesecake mousse, topped with rasp. puree, and tall whipped cream (Bettercreme) frosting swirls. Crazy good and big, big hit. Will definately be a keeper! Made 36 cupcakes.

Faith70395 Says... 2012-04-23 18:52:30

I purchased some red velvet extract. Can I use this instead of the vanilla extract? It also adds a deep red color so it substitutes for the red food coloring in other red velvet recipes.

chaka1 Says... 2012-05-11 07:35:12

Used this recipe for cupcakes. IT IS AWESOME!!! Thank you so much. The batter is very thick just fyi and I got 27 cupcakes (I like mine to come just a bit over the liner)

nursedall4 Says... 2015-07-24 22:26:35

Can I use a stick of butter instead of the oil? Or is that unnecessary? 

maybenot Says... 2015-07-24 23:03:26

I've never subbed butter for the oil, but according to Duncan Hines:

"Butter, Margarine or Shortening for Oil. You may substitute these fats instead of oil, but you'll have to melt it and then measure in its liquid form. Use the exact amount specified in the recipe. Also, remember to cool it down before adding it to your favorite mix."

kryptonite Says... 2015-10-28 12:35:39

Can anyone tell me if a single recipe will make a nice tall 8" cake or should I make 1.5 recipes? I like for my layers to be a full 2 inches tall. Thanks so much!

maybenot Says... 2015-10-30 03:24:44

No, I don't feel that it will make 2 full 8" round layers that are a good 2" tall.  

The mix sizes have decreased since the original post, so I'd suggest making at least 1.5, or maybe even 2 batches.  You can freeze leftover mix or make cupcakes.

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