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Red Velvet Cocoa Cake Recipe

Makes: Approximately 6 cups of batter.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8 in. round baking pans with Wilton Cake Release or vegetable pan spray. In large mixer bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs and icing color; blend well. Stir together flour, cocoa and salt; add alternately with buttermilk to batter mixture, beating until blended. Stir baking soda into vinegar; fold carefully into batter (do not beat). Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire rack. Cool completely.

Step 2

*To sour milk, use 1 tablespoon white vinegar plus milk to equal 1 cup.

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1 Oz. Red No-Taste Gel Food Coloring Icing Color (Add until batter reaches the desired shade of red)


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butter or margarine

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine (softened)

granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar


2 eggs

all-purpose flour

2 cups all-purpose flour

cocoa powder

1/4 cup cocoa powder


1 teaspoon salt

buttermilk or sour milk

1 cup buttermilk or sour milk

baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

white vinegar

1 tablespoon white vinegar




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Red Velvet Cocoa Cake is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was a great cake, buttermilk was better choice, I also added 1/4 cup sour cream. This made it very moist, and gave it the true rich red velvet taste. I used this to make a red velvet cheesecake, as well as a birthday cake, and after a few touches, it was perfect...
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was my first attempt at making a Red Velvet cake and it was amazing. I made my cousins wedding cake with it and they loved it. If you are making large quantities of the batter i suggest stocking up on the No-taste red colour. I had to make total of 36 cups of batter and used about 8-1oz bottles. Nice and moist this will be my go to red velvet cake recipe form now on!
Date published: 2012-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my family reunion. Everyone seemed to like it. I feel that it was a bit dry but the taste was very nice. I will be making it again and will see if I can fix the moisture issue by icing it sooner or maybe with simple syrup.
Date published: 2011-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I baked this cake for a friend's son, as it was his favorite. I was a bit nervous, because I didn't want him to be disappointed if his favorite cake did not turn out as he hoped. Fortunately, he LOVED it! The taste was excellent and the consistency was perfect and fluffy. I would totally recommend trying this cake. It is super yummy!
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this for my brother for his birthday and he loved it. He wanted a red velvet cake and I found this recipe and decided to try it. First time making it , was super easy, and it tasted great!!!! I make it for special occasions all the time now, or when i just want delicious easy cake. Definitely recommend this cake for beginners, its so easy , dont be afraid of the buttermilk the cake tastes delicious it wont alter the flavor of the cake as you may think being buttermilk. GOOD LUCK!!!
Date published: 2010-12-06
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