With cocoa undertones and tangy cream cheese frosting, red velvet cakes and cupcakes are typically the highlight of any dessert table. We've rounded up our favorite red velvet recipes that include some incredible cakes as well as some surprising additions, such as cobblers, fudge, and cookies. Enjoy the best desserts that red velvet has to offer by indulging in any one of these decadent and delicious treats.
The Red Velvet Cake
The origin of red velvet cakes came about from the result of baking soda interacting with natural cocoa and other acids in the batter. Through the years, the red velvet craze has only continued, fueled in part by the red velvet cakes that have graced the Southern Living Christmas cover three times.
Easy Red Velvet Cake from a Box
Learn an easy yet impressive way to decorate a store-bought red velvet cake that will have everyone thinking you made it from scratch.
Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes
Beet adds natural color and sweet earthiness to these cupcakes.
Red Velvet Cake BallsRed Velvet Cake Balls are the perfect bite size dessert. They are incredibly easy to make and are a wonderful indulgent treat or gift.
Red Velvet Fudge
If you like red velvet cake, you'll love this fudge.
New Classic Red Velvet Cake
This moist red velvet cake is filled with layer upon layer of cream cheese frosting and topped with sweet meringue icing.
Red Velvet BrowniesOur red velvet brownies are a bite-size version of the classic red velvet cake. Top them with cream cheese frosting for the ultimate holiday dessert.
Red Velvet-Mint BrowniesRed Velvet-Peppermint Swirl Brownies taste as good as they look. These showstopping brownies are moist, tasty, and swirling with color.
Red Velvet-White Chocolate CheesecakeThis gorgeous, festive cake marries two favorite holiday cake flavors: red velvet and cheesecake. The cake features layers of white chocolate cheesecake alternated with red velvet cake layers, topped with white chocolate frosting and candy "leaves".
Red Velvet Pudding Shots
Nothing tastes and looks like the holidays quite like a classic red velevet cake. Easier to prepare, these dessert shots capture all of the rich goodness of red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting; it's a boozy treat everyone is sure to love. Make these shots as instructed for a Christmas party or top with edible metallic sprinkles for a festive New Years treat.
Red Velvet CakeRed food coloring gives Red Velvet Cake its iconic look. Our version comes in the form of a sheet cake and has Greek yogurt stirred into the cream cheese frosting.
Red Velvet Pancakes
This recipe is our new favorite excuse to eat cake for breakfast (not that we needed one). The Loveless Café, Nashville's famous down-home spot for southern comfort food, is best known for their flakey stacked biscuits--but we absolutely love their festive layer cake-inspired pancakes just as much. Much like traditional red velvet cake, these cocoa pancakes are served with a delightful sweet and tangy cream cheese butter to cushion in between each flapjack.
Red Velvet Soufflés with Whipped Sour CreamThese snazzy red velvet soufflés are not only eye catching, but drool-worthy desserts that will dazzle any holiday table.
Red Velvet Thumbprints
There's no need to use a pastry bag to fill cookies. Just transfer the frosting to a zip-top plastic freezer bag, and snip the corner.
Red Velvet Whoopie PiesThis hand-held version of the classic cake is a yummy favorite for children of all ages--guaranteed to generate smiles.
Red Velvet Crackle Sandwich Cookies
All the flavors of red velvet cake in a bite-size package! Use a small trigger-handled ice cream scoop for uniform cookies.
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Orange ButtercreamThese electric magenta cupcakes get their color not from the usual food coloring but from puréed roasted beets, which also add a subtle flavor. Don't use canned or packaged steamed beets--the cupcakes' color will be drab.