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Red Velvet Cake No Buttermilk

Gimme Yummy
Our easy-to-make red velvet cake recipe without buttermilk is soft, moist, and perfectly sweetened then finished off with our famous buttercream frosting. Wow Soooo Good!!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices
Calories 300 kcal


  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of water or milk
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter or oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon red cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-6 drops red food coloring
  • Ingredients For the Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 3 3/4 cups of Icing Sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  • How To Make Moist Red Velvet Cake?
  • Preheat oven to 180°C (356°F) and spray a deep 8 inch round cake with oil.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cocoa powder into a mixing bowl, and using a whisk, blend the ingredients together.
  • Pour in the milk, eggs, butter, and a few drops of red coloring and beat on low speed for 60 seconds then increase speed to medium-high and beat until batter is creamy and smooth about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add more food coloring if needed to achieve a dark red batter color.
  • Transfer the batter into a round cake pan and slight tap on the counter to even out the batter on the surface.
  • Bake cake for approximately 40-45minutes. To check if the cake is ready, insert a toothpick, it should come out clean.
  • Remove cake from the oven and gently remove it from the pan and let it cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime prepare the cream cheese frosting.
  • Add the cream cheese, icing sugar, butter, vanilla, and orange zest into a bowl and beat on high speed until frosting is fluffy and light.
  • Finish the cake, Place the cake onto a plate, and using a serrated knife, shave off the top and slice the cake into 3 discs.
  • Fill the bottom cake layer with cream cheese frosting then top with the second layer and repeat.
  • Add the top layer and the top and sides of the red velvet cake with the frosting. Crumble the shaved pieces of cake and add them to the center of the cake and the bottom sides.
  • Lastly added some finished piping decoration around the crumbled part of the cake as soon in the picture.
  • Serve and Enjoy!
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