Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
48 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 7 Mins
Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)

This moist red velvet cake is filled with layer upon layer of cream cheese frosting and topped with sweet meringue icing. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare cake, place beet in a small saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool slightly.

Step 3

Place beet in a food processor; process until very finely chopped. Remove 1 cup beet from processor; reserve remaining beet for another use. Combine 1 cup beet, buttermilk, and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla in food processor. Process until very smooth.

Step 4

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

Step 5

Place 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, butter, and oil in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add eggs and 1 egg white, 1 at a time, beating until incorporated. Add flour mixture and beet mixture alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Divide batter evenly among 3 (8-inch) round metal cake pans coated with baking spray. Bake at 350° for 23 to 24 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes in pans on a wire rack. Remove cake from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

Step 6

To prepare filling, place cream cheese, cream, yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and dash of salt in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar; beat at low speed 1 minute or until well combined (do not overbeat).

Step 7

To prepare meringue, combine 2/3 cup granulated sugar and remaining ingredients in the top of a double boiler. Cook over simmering water 2 to 3 minutes or until a candy thermometer registers 160°, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat. Beat egg mixture with a mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form; beat at high speed until stiff peaks form (do not overbeat).

Step 8

Place 1 cake layer on a plate, and spread half of filling over top; top with another cake layer. Spread remaining filling over top; top with remaining cake layer. Spread meringue frosting over top and sides of cake.

Ratings & Reviews

Great cake, didn't try icing

November 10, 2015
Made cake with cream cheese frosting.  Didn't taste like beets at all thanks to blending cooked beets with buttermilk in Vitamix. 

crosscourt's Review

November 27, 2014
this cake was horrible. It didn't raise, the icing ran, and you could taste the beets. don't waste your time.