Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Gerri Williams
Prep Time
30 Mins
Bake Time
35 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 5 Mins
Serves 20

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Make cake: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mist a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Mix buttermilk, coloring and vanilla in a bowl.

Step 2

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat sour cream, oil, butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl. Add half of flour mixture, then buttermilk mixture, then remaining flour, mixing after each addition until just combined. Mix vinegar and baking soda until mixture fizzes; quickly fold into batter. Scrape batter into pan and tap on countertop to burst any air bubbles. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Set on a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 3

Make frosting: Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat together cream cheese, yogurt, butter and vanilla until well combined. Slowly beat in sugar. Chill for 1 hour.

Step 4

When cake is cool and frosting is chilled, spread frosting on top of cake. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Ratings & Reviews

Excellent recipe!

May 07, 2016
Excellent recipe!  This is the fourth Red Velvet Cake recipe I've tried, and finally found the one I've been looking for.  It's very moist, and has great flavor.  I did make a few changes; I used Cake Flour instead of All-Purpose, increased the baking powder to 1 1/2 teaspoons, and increased the vanilla to 2 teaspoons.  Turned out great!  I also made two 9" layers (32 minute baking time) instead of a 9"x13".   I used my own Cream Cheese frosting recipe instead of this one.  Everyone who had a piece raved about it!

karateKID1194's Review

February 18, 2013
This was good.

sarahw30's Review

February 29, 2012
FANTASTIC!!! Until I found this recipe I did not like red velvet cake. Always too dry. This recipe is moist and dense. The icing is the perfect compliment! Side note - didn't have red food coloring so subbed the red food coloring paste (spooned it into my buttermilk mix I prepared by adding 1 T white vinegar to 1 C milk) and it worked just fine. Can't wait to make these into heart shaped cupcakes with maybe some sparkle sprinkles on top.....hmmmmmm??

finikera's Review

January 24, 2012
My first try at making red velvet cake. Easy recipe to follow. I only changed the amount of food coloring to half of the 1 oz called for. I also used the gel no taste red color from Wilton