Red Velvet Cake

Serves12 Prepare60 mins Cooks60 mins



For the sponges

  • 300ml vegetable oil, plus extra for the tins
  • 500g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 560g light brown soft sugar
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • 400ml buttermilk
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 30ml red food colouring gel 
  • 4 large eggs

For the icing

  • 250g slightly salted butter
  • 750g icing sugar
  • 350g tub full-fat soft cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Oil your 4 cake tins and line them with baking paper (if you don’t have 4 cake tins, then half the sponge ingredients and bake the sponge in 2 batches).
  2. Add your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarb, sugar and salt into a bowl and mix. Make sure any lumps are gone!
  3. Then mix your buttermilk, oil, vanilla extract, food colouring and 200ml of water in a jug. Then add in your eggs and whisk together. The cake mix should be bright red – if you want it to be more vivid then add in more food colouring.
  4. Add your cake mixture to your tins evenly.
  5. Cook your cakes for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Once cooked and a skewer comes out clean then cool the sponge inside the tins for 10 minutes and then on a wire wrack until completely cool.
  7. Next, make the icing. Add the toom temperature butter and icing sugar to a bowl. Mix until smooth. Then add in your cream cheese and vanilla extract and blend once more.
  8. Now it’s time to assemble your cake! Sandwich your sponges with icing and then cover the entire cake!

Ready to try this red velvet cake recipe? Find all ingredients at a Costcutter store near you.

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