red velvet cake

Red Velvet Cake

In which I shamelessly bow to the whims of the masses (one person who replied) and make red velvet cake.


  • 650g butter
  • 650g caster sugar
  • 10  eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 650g self raising flour
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 70ml red food colouring
  • 300g icing sugar [icing]†
  • 500g butter [icing]†
  • blue food colouring [icing]†

†I generally just make the icing by eye so these aren't accurate measurements.


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together.*
  3. Beat in a ⅓ of the eggs, a ⅓ of the flour and the vanilla essence.
  4. Beat in the second third of eggs and flour.
  5. Beat in the cocoa and remaining eggs and flour.
  6. Add the food colouring.
  7. Mix thoroughly. 
  8. Grease two 9'' round cake tins.
  9. Place half the mixture in each tin.
  10. Bake for 1 hr 15 mins (use your judgement mine took a little longer).
  11. Leave to cool on a wire rack.


  1. Cream the icing sugar and butter together.
  2. Add blue food colouring.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Iced red velvet cake
  5. Apply liberally to your cake.
  6. The red velvet cake cut to show the colours
  7. Enjoy :)

*You will need a LARGE bowl!

Tom Out!

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