A Red Velvet Cake for the Birthday Boy

Tomorrow is my husbands birthday (yay!) so today I am getting started on baking his birthday cake. He loves red velvet cake so I think I’ll make him very happy by making it for him 

I haven’t made a red velvet cake in a while, but I do have a special recipe for one that is honestly the best recipe I have ever had for red velvet cake..so I thought I would share it with you all!
I think this recipe is so fun too because it has ingredients in it that you wouldn’t think you would use, but they make the cake AMAZING!

Here it is, give it a try!

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened, cocoa-powder (I think Dutch chocolate is best)
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 oz. of red food coloring (You can add more or less depending on how red you want the cake)
  • 1/2 cup of plain hot coffee ***Has to be really hot, this makes the cake super moist
  • 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar

  1. You will need to preheat your oven to 325°F and grease your pans, I always make my cakes in two 9 inch round pans because I like layer cakes 

  1. Mix all of your dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Mix your eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and food coloring in a mixer.
  3. Stir in the vinegar and hot coffee.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl and mix until all combined.
  5. Pour into your baking pans and bake for 30-40 min. In my oven I think 32 minutes is perfect 

***A little about the hot coffee. So I learned a few years ago that if you add boiling water or coffee (if you want that coffee flavor) to a cake, it makes the cake super super moist. Yes the batter will be really thin, thats okay – it is soooo worth it. I add a half cup of boiling water to every cake that I make and I will never ever go back to the way I used to make cakes.
*And of course with red velvet cake comes with cream cheese frosting, and any old kind is delicious! Just a little cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk and you’re good to go!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as John Zachary does :)


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