Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

April/May 2006

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This rich, chocolaty Southern favorite has its own culinary mythology: a couple at the Waldorf-Astoria, a shared slice of bright red chocolate cake, a request for the recipe, and the surprise of later finding a $100 charge on their room bill. Maybe all desserts this good deserve a legend.

"Didn't have any pastry flour, so I used 1 cup all purpose flour, and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, substituted "sour" milk for buttermilk and 8 oz fat free cream cheese and 4 oz full fat cream cheese for the 12 low fat cream cheese, didn't...
Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

15 Reviews for Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


This cake is fabulous, will make again for sure. It's much lighter in calories than other red velvet cakes but tastes sooooo good you'd never guess!! Only thing I'd say is use half the cocoa because mine turned out too brown, more like chocolate. I baked it in one pan and cut it in half and it rose well, but it's better to bake it in 2 separate ones if you really want a tall cake. Also make sure to use enough food coloring! I haven't made the icing stated here because I have my own recipe but from my experience the icing recipe seems trustworthy too. Don't listen to the people who said it was awful, if you follow the recipe properly it'll work out fab!

This cake was so super easy to make, very very moist, rose well and didn't sink, v tasty
Healthy? Not by a long shot!

Never use food dyes as they contain harsh chemicals such as red dye #40 in them. Do a search on the use of these food dyes and stop putting those chemicals in your body. Also, red coloring is full of "natural flavors" do you know what natural means? Insect parts from Beatles. Yep.

No thanks I will pass on adding artificial and natural flavors to any recipe. My health means more to me than a vain colorant.

Also the cream cheese has Carageenan in it. Something that is known to cause inflammation in the bowels.

Comments (2)


Anonymous wrote 44 weeks 6 days ago

Use organic red beet powder

Use organic red beet powder instead of red dye

Anonymous wrote 1 year 6 weeks ago

If you're eating this

If you're eating this everyday, I'd say you have cause for concern. But most people don't. And if you do, you have more to worry about than red food colouring and carageenan.


it was lovely ...the texture was great too


it was lovely ...the texture was great too

Subtle, simple, satisfying!

I just used all-purpose flour (couldn't find wwpf anywhere) and lowfat buttermilk (couldn't find nonfat) and only .25 oz food coloring. Maybe these were necessary changes because I loved how the cake came out! Surprised that several people had such negative experiences, but my whole family really enjoyed the cake. Frosting was perfect - not too sweet. I decorated it with raspberries, definitely a great addition! I will definitely bookmark this one.

Not too difficult to make, good flavor and texture

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