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There’s a reason why they call this soft and ultra-moist Red Velvet Cake the queen of desserts. When baked right, the result is an ULTRA-MOSIT, lightly cocoa flavored cake that when paired with my dreamy Cream Cheese Frosting is a melt in your mouth experience in every bite.

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Honestly, it’s like no other cake you’ve had. It’s light, it’s dreamy and it is the first cake I try when I go to a bakery. If you can get a Red Velvet cake right, and it’s not that hard with the right recipe, you’re a star baker!

For today’s recipe you’ll need to make a batch of my Cream Cheese Frosting. It’s super creamy. But this cake pairs well with Chocolate Ganache and Chocolate Buttercream too!

And if you’re looking for more amazing cake recipes, I have heaps on the blog, but I’d recommend my Easy Chocolate Cake, Hungarian Chocolate And Hazelnut Cake and my Raspberry Lamington Sponge Cake. They’re crowd pleasers!

I have been making this recipe for 10 years!

Well, sort of. This recipe is an updated version of my older recipe. It’s easier to make, comes out even more moist and isn’t as high. It’s a sensible 4 layers. But here’s some other reasons you’ll love my recipe over others!

  • Rich, unique flavor! – Red velvet cake is known for it’s super unique flavor. It’s a moist vanilla cake with a hint of cocoa which, when paired with Cream Cheese Frosting is other wordly!
  • It’s MOIST! – I know, I used the M word but honestly, it has to be said! The buttermilk in this recipe gives this cake it’s light, yet moist texture. And here’s a secret, it’s even better the next day!
  • Cream Cheese Frosting – Look, there are a lot of frosting recipes out there, but the smooth, tangy and creamy flavor you get from this frosting is a match made in heaven with this cake. It’s science.
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Why is red Red Velvet Cake, Red?

Traditionally, Red Velvet cake started off as a really deep red color because of a chemical reaction between the cocoa powder and the vinegar. Personally, I love the addition of food dye to make this a bright red color. It makes it a perfect seasonal cake that you can make for valentine’s day or Christmas. Although it’s a great all-rounder cake you can have any time of the year!

Ingredients You Need To Make Red Velvet Cake

Note: the whole recipe, including the ingredient quantities, can be found at the bottom of this page – just scroll down to the bottom, or click the ‘Jump to Recipe’ button at the top of this post.

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  • Cake Flour – Cake flour is a low protein flour that is used to make desserts light and moist. You can use store bought which has a much finer flour consistency, or simply make your own with my simple recipe. Click here to get the recipe and learn all the tips and tricks.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – Dutch or natural will work. The small amount use is where this cake gets it’s super unique flavor from and combined with the bright red food dye. its deep red color too.
  • Baking powder – helps the cake rise.
  • Bicarb soda – also known as baking soda.
  • Salt – I used fine salt.
  • Caster sugar – otherwise known as superfine sugar.
  • Buttermilk – I always use store bought because I think that even though you can make your own, it just always comes out more moist. At a pinch, it’s easy to make your own.
  • Vegetable oil – or canola oil. Any light oil will work. Olive oil, coconut oil, those are too heavy and the cake won’t be light in texture with a heavy oil.
  • Eggs – make sure your eggs are at room temperature. Super important.
  • Vanilla ExtractAlways use good quality vanilla extract when baking, it makes a huge difference. I have a great recipe here for it if you’d like to try your own!
  • Red food dye (liquid) – I know a lot of people don’t like using food dyes. I used to use them a lot, but I avoid using them as much as possible now. for this cake, there is no substitute. Can you add less than the recipe says? Sure. It won’t be as red though. And let me be clear, you need to use liquid food dye, not food gel.
  • White vinegar – reacts with the bicarb soda to help give this cake a boost in the oven as it bakes making it light and fluffy.

How to make The BEST Red velvet Cake!

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  1. Mix your dry ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Mix your wet ingredients in a separate bowl
  3. Combine both ingredients, taking care not to overmix!
  4. Divide batter amongst two 8-inch cake tins. Bake in the middle rack. Allow to cool.
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  1. Trim the top of your cakes.
  2. Then trim in half again. You’ll end up with 4 layers.
  3. Turn the tops into crumbs.
  4. Add a smear of cream cheese frosting on the bottom of your serving plate.
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  1. Add frosting on the first layer of cake and smoothen out
  2. Add the next layer of cake and repeat
  3. Cover the cake in frosting
  4. Smoothen out.
  5. Add crumbs on the outside to finish.
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Tips and Tricks For Recipe Success!

  • Don’t overmix your batter! Mix only until no dry ingredients are showing to avoid a tough cake.
  • Trim the tops of your cake to flatten them – it results in a neater looking cake and you can use the crumbs to decorate the outside of your cake.
  • Use scales to measure your ingredients! You get far more accurate results.
  • Use room temperature ingredients.
  • Sift the dry ingredients to make sure there are no lumps. That’ll help stop the risk of overmixing as you try to get rid of lumps.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Red Velvet Cake

What does it taste like?

This cake has a light cocoa flavor, a slight tang which pairs perfectly with my smooth, creamy Cream Cheese Frosting!

How do I store this?

Red Velvet Cake should be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge for up to 5 days. It’s even more moist the next day!

Can I turn these into cupcakes?

I’ve done the hard work for you and have a great Red Velvet Cupcake recipe here on the blog!

Can I freeze it?

Yep! Wrap each slice tightly in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 2 months.

Can I use other frostings?

Yes! Chocolate Ganache, Chantilly Cream and Chocolate Buttercream are also great with this cake. But hey, if you want it plain you can just dust powdered sugar on top!

Can I use food gel instead?

No. Sorry, I’ve tried using red food gel for this recipe and the color, weirdly, just isn’t as bright. Liquid food dye works best. If you don’t want to color your cake, that’s fine. It won’t affect the end result or the flavor, but your cake just won’t be red.

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How do I make buttermilk? Can I use regular milk?

You could use regular milk, but the cake wont come out as moist. Buttermilk is also acidic which helps react with the bicarb soda in the cake to help give it its light texture.

To make 1 cup of your own buttermilk whisk together 1 cup (250ml) milk and 1 tsp of white vinegar together and allow to rest for 5 minutes. The milk will curdle. Whisk again before using.

Couple more notes:

  • Store bought buttermilk is always better than home-made. For some reason the end result of your cake just comes out moister and lighter. I would use store bought if you can get it.
  • Make sure your buttermilk is at room temperature.

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Red Velvet Cake

There’s a reason why they call this soft and ultra-moist Red Velvet Cake the queen of desserts. It’s easy to make and utterly luscious in every bite!

Serves 12

4.8 from 35 votes
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Prep: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 55 minutes
Cool: 2 hours
Total: 3 hours
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 840kcal

Ingredients

Red Velvet Cake

  • 450 g cake flour, (see notes)
  • 2 tbsp / 15 g unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 260 g caster sugar, (see notes)
  • 600 ml buttermilk, (see notes)
  • 175 ml vegetable oil, or canola oil
  • 4 / 212 g large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp / 10 ml vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp / 40 ml red liquid food dye, not food gel (see notes)
  • 1 1/4 tsp / 7 g white vinegar

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 375 g unsalted butter, softened (see notes)
  • 375 g full-fat cream cheese, chilled (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 tsp / 7 ml vanilla extract
  • 230 g milk powder, (see notes)
  • 465 g powdered sugar, sifted


Instructions

Red Velvet Cake

  • Preheat a fan forced oven to 140C / 285F (convection oven to 160C / 320F). Spray two 20cm / 8-inch cake tins with oil spray and line the bottoms with baking paper.
  • Add the cake flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarb soda, salt and caster sugar to a large mixing bowl and use a whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • To a large jug or medium sized mixing bowl add the buttermilk, vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla extract, red food dye and white vinegar. Use a whisk to combine.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until no dry ingredients are showing. Small lumps are ok, the key is to not overmix.
  • Distribute the batter amongst both cake tins evenly. Bake in the middle rack of your oven for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Once baked allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Place the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Alternatively, you can use a hand mixer. Mix on low speed to begin with, to help break up the cream cheese a little, then increase the speed to high for a couple of minutes to help combine the cream cheese and butter.
  • After a couple of minutes, stop your mixer and scrape down the side of the bowl with a spatula. Add the powdered sugar, milk powder and vanilla. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated, then bring the speed back up to high. Continue beating on high speed, about 5 minutes, until your frosting is fluffy and turns pale in color. Scrape down the bowl and beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Add to a piping bag.

Let’s decorate!

  • Start by trimming the tops off your cake layers to make them flat. Then slice each cake in half. You’ll end up with four cake layers.
  • Add the tops of the cakes into a food processor and pulse until you reach crumbs. You can also do this by hand, but a machine will give you finer crumbs.
  • Add the first layer of cake to a serving plate or cake board. Pipe some frosting on top and use an offset spatula to spread around flat. Add the next layer of cake and repeat that until the fourth layer of cake is on top.
  • Cover the cake in frosting and even off the sides and top as neatly as you can. Stick some red velvet crumbs on the side of the cake. Finish the cake by fitting the end of a piping bag with a star tip and pipe swirls on top of the cake. Slice and serve at room temperature.

Notes

Buttermilk – To make 1 cup of your own buttermilk you will need:
  • 1 cup cow’s milk (250ml) (vegan, plant based or cow’s milk)
  • 1 tsp white vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice
Whisk both ingredients together and allow to rest for 5 minutes. The milk will curdle. Whisk again before using.
Couple more notes:
  • Store bought buttermilk is always better. I would use store bought if you can get it.
  • Also make sure your buttermilk is at room temperature.
Cake Flour – Cake flour is a low protein flour that is used to make desserts light and moist. You can use store bought which has a much finer flour consistency, or simply make your own with my simple recipe. Click here to get the recipe and learn all the tips and tricks.
Red Food Dye – For this recipe, you need to use liquid food dye. Not food gel. To get that bright red color, you would have to use the entire bottle of red food gel. Trust me, I’ve tried it.
Caster sugar –  also known as superfine sugar, is a fine sugar often used for cakes which helps give you a finer and more delicate cake crumb. If you don’t have it, you can use granulated sugar.
ButterIt’s important to use butter that is high in fat and softened. Usually, butter made in New Zealand and France is good quality butter. Using cheap butter can cause your frosting to split. You also want to make sure your butter is softened. If you keep your butter in the fridge you can soften it by adding it to the microwave for 10 seconds at a time, turning over each time until softened. It usually takes about 2-4 goes.    
Cream cheese – You want to use what is called ‘block style’ cream cheese for this recipe and straight out of the fridge, cold. This is different to ‘spreadable’ cream cheese which is soft even when it’s cold. ‘Block style’ cream cheese helps give this frosting structure. If you’re in the UK, you can use any brand block style cream cheese, I would recommend the Philadelphia brand cream cheese. It’s important that you use cold cream cheese, straight out of the fridge.
Milk Powder – Milk powder is what people used to use to make milk before fridges were widely used in kitchens. It can be found in the long-life milk isle of your supermarket. Skim or full fat can be used. To learn more about Milk Powder, take a read of the post I wrote up!
Storage – this cake can be stored in an airtight container, the fridge for up to three days. Thaw to room temperature before serving.
Nutrition – is based on per slice. This recipe makes 12 slices.
A note on measurements – all ingredients in this recipe are offered in Australian cup measurements and weight measurements. Weight measurements are created by me, in my kitchen here in Melbourne Australia. The best way to get recipe success is to measure ingredients by weight, using kitchen scales.

Nutrition

Serving: 20g
Calories : 840kcal
Carbonhydrates: 81g
Protein: 16g
Fat: 45g
Saturated Fat: 27g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g
Monounsaturated Fat : 12g
Trans Fat : 1g
Cholesterol: 185mg
Sodium: 550mg
Potassium : 478mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar : 52g
Vitamin A: 1551IU
Vitamin C: 2mg
Calcium: 338mg
Iron: 1mg
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70 comments

Anissa April 30, 2021 - 12:14 pm

5 stars
Hello I can use one cake pans 8 inch x 5 inch please ? A French fan

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Nick Makrides April 30, 2021 - 9:25 pm

Hi Anissa! You can certainly use that cake pan, but you would still need to bake the cake three times of type making the cake pictures on this page (3 layered, each one cut into two, 6 layered cake)

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selina May 12, 2021 - 3:31 pm

hi, how much of the ingredients would i need to make a 20cm pan 6 layer cake? thx

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Nick Makrides May 19, 2021 - 8:18 am

Three batches of this recipe. I’d carefully read through the recipe as it is mentioned in there. Happy baking!

Nx

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Jenny June 4, 2021 - 10:57 pm

Hi Nick! Thank you so much for the recipe and the video. I’m wondering if I could add more cocoa powder (two more spoons?), since I’d really like to be able to taste the chocolate in this cake but without compromising the red color of the cake.

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Nick Makrides June 5, 2021 - 5:49 am

Hi Jenny! You certainly can do that. it will make the cake more of a chocolate colour. Can i suggest something else? These cupcakes go really well with chocolate frosting! Or for an added hit of chocolate you could core the centre and fill with chocolate sauce 🙂 Happy Baking! N x

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russell June 14, 2021 - 4:15 am

5 stars
hii i would like to ask, is it better to use melted butter instead of the vegetable oil you call for?

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Nick Makrides June 15, 2021 - 10:49 am

For this recipe. No. I would recommend sticking tot he oil 🙂 N x

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Jennifer July 26, 2021 - 5:23 am

Please tell me what red dye you use!! My caked kee coming out almost brown!😭😭

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Nick Makrides July 27, 2021 - 6:25 am

Hi Jennifer. The brand I used is Queen Fine Foods brand. Is the inside brown too? N x

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Arzoo July 27, 2021 - 12:49 am

5 stars
Oh my god! This is absolutely delicious. I had to use vegan egg substitute (dietary req) and it was just so good. Made it for my partner’s ‘lockdown’ birthday and he loved it (never compliments in life, ugh). Also made a few cupcakes with the same batter (amazing too). Thank you for this recipe! ❤️

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Nick Makrides July 27, 2021 - 6:23 am

How Wonderful! N x

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Megan January 8, 2022 - 8:29 am

Hi Nick,
Just woof I can use an oil based gel food colour for this recipe? (Eg colour mill) if yes, would it still be the same amount? Thanks!

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Nick Makrides September 10, 2022 - 1:01 am

Hi Megan! Unfortunately, food gel doesn’t work for this recipe. I tried it out last week and I ended up using the entire bottle.

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Kausar August 5, 2021 - 3:10 pm

I have a 9inch pan So how many times i have to make the recipe???

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Nick Makrides August 9, 2021 - 12:23 pm

Same as the 8-inch one. It’ll just be slightly shorter. N x

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Marcia Hart August 14, 2021 - 10:16 pm

5 stars
I loved the video and all the tips! Best cream cheese frosting ever!!!

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Nick Makrides August 15, 2021 - 10:33 am

Thanks so much N x

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Liz August 27, 2021 - 3:37 pm

Please may I ask what size eggs to use, medium or large? as it just says 3 eggs. Thanks x

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Nick Makrides September 19, 2021 - 2:56 am

Hi Liz! For this recipe large eggs will work. N x

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Anita September 9, 2021 - 8:32 am

Good day i have 10 inch and what did you use for the red crumbs

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Nick Makrides September 19, 2021 - 1:55 am

Hi Anita. if you’re going to make a 3 layered 10-inch cake (which is going to be quite large) you’ll need to double the recipe. Otherwise use the same recipe but make it just a two layered cake (shorter). I used the cake crumbs from the actual cake. It’s left over from when I trimmed the tops of the cakes off. Hope that helps! N x

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Neetha September 18, 2021 - 5:32 am

5 stars
Nick, I tried your recipe for my friend’s birthday.. It was awesome and everyone thought it was store bought one.. you explained each step so clearly that it came out really perfect..

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Nick Makrides September 19, 2021 - 12:20 am

Thanks Neetha! I’m glad you enjoyed it! N x

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Petrina October 2, 2021 - 12:40 pm

Hi Nick, I noticed you said you used the Queens Fine Foods brand for the red colour. Did you use the red food colour or red food colour gel? Thanks! x

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Nick Makrides November 1, 2022 - 5:11 am

Hi Petrina! I used the liquid food dye. N x

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Arthy October 11, 2021 - 6:00 am

5 stars
Nick you are such an amazing person !! Your recipes are the big hit all the credits goes to you !!! Keep inspiring us by posting more recipes like this 😊😊😊😊

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Nick Makrides February 16, 2024 - 4:24 am

Thanks so much Arthy! N x

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Tracy November 18, 2021 - 11:24 am

Hi Nick, what measurements to use for a one layer (thick) 9” cake pan?

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Nick Makrides November 1, 2022 - 4:46 am

Hi Tracy, this recipe needs to be tripled to make the 6 layered cake. To make a one layer cake you can simply use the measurements listed in the ingredients list. I should note though, I will be updating this recipe in 2023 and it will be a 3 layer cake instead so this recommendation only applies to the current recipe and not the one that will be updated in 2023. N x

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Hanna Issimdar November 20, 2021 - 2:57 pm

Hii nick, the best recipe i ever tried. The taste is just awesome and my family thought it was store bought!
However for me i find the recipe a bit on the dry side so shall i add 1 cup of oil instead of 3/4 ? Or simply just put simple syrup on the layers?

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Nick Makrides September 16, 2022 - 12:41 am

Hi Hana! Update to this recipe is coming soon. For now though, I’ve updated my red velvet cupcakes recipe if you want to give that a go. It’s softer and more moist. N x

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Dimi November 27, 2021 - 3:13 pm

Hi nick
I want to make a four layer cake. Would this recipe be enough for that? And just curious.. can I use red food colouring paste and dilute it with vinegar? Every recipe I have made for red velvet cake in the past always includes vinegar.
Thank you

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Nick Makrides September 13, 2022 - 11:37 am

Hi Dimi! You’d need to double the recipe for a 4 layer cake. Unfortunately, food gel doesn’t work for this recipe. N x

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Shuang December 27, 2021 - 4:38 pm

Hi,Nick, may I ask how much buttermilk should be used for 6 layer 8” cake? After reading thru, I found the buttermilk is same amount for 3-layer and the 6 layer recipes.

If I double the recipe of 3 layer, it comes to 480 ml (3cups). But in the description of 6 layer 8”, it is mentioned 300ml 1.5 cup buttermilk.
Could you advise? Thanks

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Nick Makrides January 4, 2022 - 1:03 pm

Sorry about the mix up! The ingredients listed are for one batch which will make a 2 layered cake not 3 layered. You’ll need to triple the amounts to get the 6 layers 🙂 Have fixed the measurements in the recipe card! N x

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Lee January 23, 2022 - 12:17 pm

Your cake looks amazing and I loved how you decorated it! May I ask what brand cake scraper and piping tip you used?

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Nick Makrides September 10, 2022 - 12:51 am

Thanks so much! I used a bench scraper. And I used an open star tip 🙂 N x

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Sarai January 25, 2022 - 11:38 pm

5 stars
Your explanations are wonderful! I could listen to you all day.. really! You have a very informational and kind voice. Thank you for the amazing tips and being such a caring person ♥

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Nick Makrides September 9, 2022 - 11:31 am

Awww, thanks Sarai! N x

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Mateja February 18, 2022 - 7:24 am

Hi Nick!
Do you have a tip how to stiffen the frosting? Unfortunately, in Croatia, we do not have a cream cheese that would be thick as yours. The frosting, it is really spreadable, it stiffens up nicely in the fridge, but when I take it out it becomes really soft. I am afraid that the layers will slide, or if I frost and decorate it completely, that it wont hold the shape.

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Nick Makrides August 2, 2022 - 10:53 am

Hi Mateja! Sorry to hear you don’t have access to the block style cream cheese. Unfortunately, for this recipe to be stiff enough to pipe, it needs this style of cream cheese.

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Ricardo Pires March 26, 2022 - 6:22 pm

Hi Nick, do you think it’s ok to make the cake 1 day before you serve it and take out of the fridge 1 hour or so before so that the frosting dont get too hard? Its ok too refrigerate the cake for that long (24hrs) or do you think it will change the texture of the frosting? Maybe it’s better to frost the cake the same day you are going to eat it?

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Nick Makrides April 27, 2022 - 1:26 am

Absolutely! That’s completely fine N x

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Michael April 20, 2022 - 12:47 pm

Where’s the cream cheese icing recipe?

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Nick Makrides April 26, 2022 - 12:34 pm Reply
Deborah May 8, 2022 - 3:58 pm

Hi Nick!
A little question for you….so to frost this cake (I’d like to do the 6 layers version) do I have to triple the ingredients of the tour cream cheese frosting, as you write “3 batches” of it in the ingredients list???
And again -probably you already answered this question, but ai want to be super sure :))- I will have to triple the ingredients for a 6 layer cake? Like 1200 gr of flour, 960 gr of sugar and so on????
Thanks in advance dear!!!

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Nick Makrides May 10, 2022 - 12:04 pm

Yep, that’s right. You’ll need to triple the recipe of the cake and triple the recipe of the frosting. It’s a lot, but it’s a big cake.

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Emma Coutinho June 2, 2022 - 12:16 pm

Hi there can I just ask Nick, I want to do this cake tomorrow and just wondering how deep are your layers? I want to make 6inch round 2inch thickx3….I’m not sure how much I will need, a bit confused ,many thanks

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Nick Makrides June 3, 2022 - 12:50 am

Hi Emma! The cake tins are about 2 inches in height and the cakes just over 1 inch I’d say. Although I’ve never measured them. Happy baking! N x

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Kelly June 3, 2022 - 11:15 am

Hey Nick! Can’t wait to make this for my SIL birthday! How deep are the 8inch tins you use? I’ve found anything from 3.5 to 7.5 and want to make sure I get the correct size.

Also is food coloring or gel better?

Thanks!

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Nick Makrides August 1, 2022 - 11:05 am

Hi Kelly! Mine are about 2 inches deep. Happy baking! N x

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Lucía June 3, 2022 - 2:31 pm

5 stars
Hi Nick!
Thank you for all the recipes, look delicious! I wanted to make this cake for my niece’s birthday but I have a little doubt about one of the ingredients. I live in Spain and I’m not quite sure I can get buttermilk. I’ve seen quite a few recipes to do it at home, but I’m not very keen on the idea T.T Should I try and do it homemade or replace it with something else? If so, what can I replace it with?

Again, thanks a lot and hope you have a good day!

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Nick Makrides August 1, 2022 - 11:05 am

Hi Lucia! Such a good question. My mum asked me the same question the other day. You could try making your own but store bought buttermilk just yields a better result and a cake that’s fluffy and moist. Having said that, if you don’t have access to it, then making your own is the next best option! N x

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christina June 15, 2022 - 12:31 am

hi from Australia… Nick i need to make a baby shower cake for my daughter….. she would like 4 layers x 9inch cakes with a white chocolate buttercream frosting… the recipe for the cake is it a double or triple batch???? and do you have a recipe for the frosting please

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Nick Makrides August 1, 2022 - 11:02 am

Hi Christina! I would make 4 batches in that case. I would recommend my Cream cheese frosting it’s absolutely divine! N x

Cream Cheese Frosting

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chrisitna June 27, 2022 - 11:18 pm

Hello Nick 28th JUNE 2022 nsw
hope you answer my questions:
i have to make a 4 layer x 9″ round cakes for a baby shower
with white chocolate swiss buttercream filling and frosting.
do you have a recipe for the icing?
and why is there no vinegar in the ingredients for the cake????

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Nick Makrides August 1, 2022 - 10:48 am

This particular cake doesn’t need it. For the frosting I would highly recommend my cream cheese frosting!

Cream Cheese Frosting

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Gadija August 9, 2022 - 1:16 pm

Hello Nick. Can i use this red velvet ingredients and make a chocolate cake instead by omitting the red food colour and add more cocoa and will it be suitable for stacking the same size cake as in the picture. Also can i use the same cream cheese recipe and add cocoa. Btw your recipes are so easy to understand 👍🏻

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Nick Makrides August 30, 2022 - 11:18 am

Hi Gadija! I would recommend making my chocolate cake instead! You can absolutely use cream cheese frosting and make it chocolate flavoured using 1/4 cup of cocoa powder and 200g melted chocolate, cooled to room temp. Hope that helps! N x

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Gadija August 9, 2022 - 1:30 pm

Does this recipe with the 400gr flour fill 3 x 20cm cake pans. Then the three cakes get split in two making the 6 layers. Just want to make sure as the recipe says to divide the batter into three 20cm pans but also says to triple the recipe for that size cake

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Nick Makrides August 30, 2022 - 11:17 am

Hi Gadija! This recipe would be enough for on 20cm cake pan. Cut in half once baked, that would give you two layers. You’d need to triple the recipe to get the 6 layer cakes I used to make.

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Maz October 31, 2022 - 11:22 am

5 stars
Hi Nick
I have made this cake over and over again using Chefmaster food gel and it comes out very red. Awesome recipe

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Nick Makrides November 1, 2022 - 4:43 am

Amazing! N x

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Elizabeth May 26, 2023 - 10:44 am

Hi Nick….wanted to check something. Your recipe for the single measure cake ,spilt into two layers says 400g flour.
So when we triple it for 3 cakes with 6 layers wouldn’t it be 400*3….1200gm etc. The recipe for 6layers shows 800gm. I’m asking about the 8inch cake pan .

Hope you can help.

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Nick Makrides June 2, 2023 - 3:06 am

Update to this recipe coming this week! N x

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Michelle February 15, 2024 - 2:20 am

5 stars
I tried making it for Valentine’s day and it was a success. It was indeed moist and I did not need to add sugar syrup. I followed everything in the recipe and I used skim milk powder.

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Nick Makrides February 15, 2024 - 6:35 am

How cool! Glad you enjoyed the recipe Mcihelle! It’s one of my fave cakes! N x

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Mandy March 8, 2024 - 8:52 pm

Heyy!! I made this recipe 2 years ago. Is the new recipe for a one pan cake or a 2 pan cake. Last time i made it everybody was stunned about it they loved it!

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Nick Makrides March 11, 2024 - 2:27 am

Awesome! N x

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