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Red velvet recipes - 18 recipes

By Laurapackham

Red velvet is generally a type of buttermilk cake that contains a lot of red food colouring, used to give it a distinctive colour. The exact origins of this cake are unknown, but there is one popular theory that the original red velvet cake's reddish colour was caused by a reaction between cocoa powder and buttermilk. 

Nowadays, red food colouring is more widely used. There has been an explosion in popularity for red baked goods, such as red velvet cupcakes and cakes, often coinciding with Valentine’s day.

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Top rated Red velvet recipes

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Really easy to make cupcakes that'll delight everyone around!

  • 30g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 90g soft sugar
  • 80ml vegetable oil
  • 80ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp red food colouring
  • 1 egg
  • Frosting:
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 150g soft cheese
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tbsp red food colouring
  • 12 small cupcake cases
  • 3 piping bags
  • Star-shaped nozzle (for pipping bags)
4.1/5 (211 Votes)

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Red velvet cake, cheesecake and brownie - a combination of the three best desserts!

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 30 grams red food colouring
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 pack cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3.7/5 (173 Votes)

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Easy and timeless, these cute little cupcakes will make your day oh-so better!

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons red food colouring
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4.7/5 (82 Votes)

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Raspberry Red Velvet Cakes with Rose Water Frosting

  • For the cakes:
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • 30g butter
  • softened
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp red food colouring (I used a 'Christmas Red' paste from hobbycraft)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 60ml buttermilk
  • 75g self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp dried raspberry pieces (small) plus extra for decorating
  • For the frosting:
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 50g butter
  • softened
  • 60g cream cheese
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • edible silver glitter
3.9/5 (118 Votes)

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Follow this fool proof recipe for the best Red Velvet delights! These are ideal as easy snacks for birthdays, celeb

  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g soft unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp red food dye
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 175ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 125g soft unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
3.4/5 (146 Votes)

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Cupcakes

  • RED VELVET CUPCAKES
  • Makes 12
  • 375ml flour
  • 250ml icing sugar
  • 5ml bicarbonate of soda
  • 45ml cocoa powder
  • 80ml oil
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 30m red food colouring
  • 15ml vinegar
  • 10ml vanilla essence
  • ICING
  • 80g butter
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 500ml sifted icing sugar
  • 5ml vanilla essence
5/5 (18 Votes)

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Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line a cake tin

  • 350g butter
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • Pinch salt
  • 300g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 50ml red food colouring
  • 800g ready white icing
  • Buttercream:
  • 244g soft butter
  • 600g icing sugar
  • 75g cream cheese
  • Couple of drops of vanilla essence
3.1/5 (163 Votes)

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Some the easiest, best tasting cupcakes you'll ever have the pleasure to bake (and eat!)

  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarb
  • 100g soft unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 big tablespoon red food colouring
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 175 ml buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • Buttermilk:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
3.3/5 (135 Votes)

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Satisfy your cupcake cravings with these fancy treats!

  • 120g butter
  • 300g white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp red food colouring
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarb soda
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 250g plain flour
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
3.6/5 (152 Votes)

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A sweet filled biscuit to melt your heart, and melt in your mouth

  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 125g soft sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 175g plain flour
  • 50ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp red food colouring
  • For the icing
  • 50g soft cheese
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 225g icing sugar
3.4/5 (121 Votes)

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Red velvet recipes are the best! I prefer to use beetroot juice instead of food colouring, it's more natural and tastes less bitter!

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