Our 24 Best Homemade Red Velvet Recipes
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 homemade red velvet recipes that include some incredible red velvet 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.
Red Velvet Peppermint Cake
Red Velvet Peppermint Cake Recipe
Transform a classic red velvet cake into a festive holiday dessert by adding peppermint extract to the rich cream cheese frosting and garnishing the cake with peppermint candies.
Red Velvet-Raspberry Tiramisù Trifle
Red Velvet-Raspberry Tiramisù Trifle Recipe
Make a show-stopping dessert recipe that combines all your favorite treats.
Red Velvet Crackle Sandwich Cookies
Red Velvet Crackle Sandwich Cookies Recipe
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 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.
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. Take your red velvet game up a notch with this show-stopping version that features a sweet strawberry glaze and icing, instead of the traditional cream cheese frosting.
Red Velvet Fudge
Making homemade fudge can be a wonderful holiday tradition. This recipe is super easy and features a delicious cream cheese topping, just like your favorite red velvet cake recipe. If you like red velvet cake, you'll love this fudge.
Red Velvet Cheesecake
If you love both red velvet cake and cheesecake, this recipe is for you. A red velvet filling is spiked with cocoa, topped with a creamy cheesecake layer, and baked in a dark chocolate crust–making a wickedly-delicious combination.
Red Velvet Pudding Shots
Red Velvet Pudding Shots Recipe
Nothing tastes and looks like the holidays quite like a classic red velvet 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 Year's treat.
Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes
Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes Recipe
Zucchini bread and zucchini cake? Old news. With their naturally rich red color, beets are the perfect vegetable to sneak into red velvet cake. The vitamin-rich root veggie adds natural color and sweet earthiness to these cupcakes.
Red Velvet Cake Balls
Red Velvet Cake Balls are the perfect bite-size dessert. They are incredibly easy to make and are a wonderful indulgent treat or gift.
New Classic Red Velvet Cake
New Classic Red Velvet Cake Recipe
This moist red velvet cake is filled with layer upon layer of cream cheese frosting and topped with sweet meringue icing.
Red Velvet Brownies
Our 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 Cupcakes
The frosting takes this red velvet cupcake recipe from great to fantastic. The secret? Use real butter and real cream cheese. The results are mouthwateringly good.
Red Velvet-Peppermint Swirl Brownies
Red Velvet-Peppermint Swirl Brownies Recipe
Red Velvet-Peppermint Swirl Brownies taste as good as they look. These showstopping brownies are moist, tasty, and swirling with color.
Red Velvet-White Chocolate Cheesecake
Red Velvet-White Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe
This 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".
Molten Red Velvet Cakes
Molten Red Velvet Cakes Recipe
Sharing dessert is overrated. These single-serving molten cakes are a sweet way to end a Valentine's Day dinner at home. Best part? The chocolate mixture and frosting can be made 1 day in advance, and the cakes take less than 20 minutes to bake.
Red Velvet Cake
Red 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 Soufflés with Whipped Sour Cream
Red Velvet Soufflés with Whipped Sour Cream Recipe
These 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 Pies
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies Recipe
This hand-held version of the classic cake is a yummy favorite for children of all ages--guaranteed to generate smiles.
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Recipe
These 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.
Red Velvet Marble Bundt Cake
Red Velvet Marble Bundt Cake Recipe
The trick to creating looping swirls is to gently layer the batter around the Bundt pan with a small cookie scoop. No need to swirl with a knife; it will marble as it bakes.
Red Velvet Cake with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting
Red Velvet Cake with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
This cake bakes best in four pans. If you need additional pans, use 8-inch aluminum foil disposable pans. Just be sure to place them on a baking sheet for stability.
Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler
Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler Recipe
Top with scoops of homemade Cream Cheese Ice Cream for a cool summery twist on the classic Southern layer cake.