Easy Red Velvet Party Cake recipe with a lovely cream cheese frosting. Soft, fluffy and so delicious! Make as a sheet or round cake, you decide! This easy red velvet party cake recipe is a great cake to make for a party or celebration.

Easy Red Velvet Party Cake

Red Velvet Cake is such a popular dessert to take along to a party or potluck.

This cake will keep in the fridge for a couple of days if you wanted to make ahead. It's also freezer friendly so if you wanted to slice it up into portions and freeze individually, perhaps there's just yourself or two of you at home. maybe you want some cake handy in case unexpected visitors come over, then just take a few slices out of the freezer, they'll take no time at all to defrost! 

Easy Red Velvet Party Cake

I've made the instructions for the topping flexible so you can choose what you prefer, depending on the occasion. For this cake, I've simply added some of the red velvet cake crumb and chocolate sprinkles. You can also add a few meringue cookies or chocolate shards if you wanted to fancy it up a little. 

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What can I substitute for food coloring?

Easy Red Velvet Party Cake

For those of you who don't want to use food coloring, you can swap for cherry juice or beetroot juice (same quantities), and that will also give you the characteristic color of a red velvet cake. I would suggest cherry juice if you're planning on a substitute because the flavor will change very slightly, and cherries do go well with chocolate.

What baking pan can I use? 

For this recipe, I've chosen to make the cake in a sheet pan as it is easier to transport to a party and easy to slice too. You can choose to make it as a round cake (you'll need 2 8 inch round pans) or use the batter to make cupcakes. This recipe will make around 12 - 18 cupcakes.  Whatever you decide, this certainly will have a lovely taste, is moist and simply wonderful!

If you wanted to make a birthday or anniversary cake, I would suggest using 2 round pans and add some frosting sandwiched in between as well as the top and sides. If you are going to do that, you will need to double the frosting ingredients to make sure you have plenty to cover the cake. 

Easy Red Velvet Party Cake

You can also keep the cake plain and simple, and serve at breakfast or coffee time, imagine a slice of this with your favorite cup of coffee or tea! 

So let's get straight to the recipe and see how we make this delicious, moist easy red velvet party cake. Please enjoy!

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

35 minutes

Yield

16 servings

You will need

9 x 13 or 10 x 10 baking pan or 2 round 8 inch / 20 cm cake pans

INGREDIENTS

The Cake Batter

2 1/2 cups or 310 g All Purpose / Plain Flour
1/2 cup or 60g Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup or 225g Butter, room temperature
2 cups or 400 g Sugar
4 eggs
1 cup or 240ml Sour Cream
1/2 cup or 120 ml milk
2 Tablespoons Red Food Color or red color paste or cherry or Beet juice.

Be careful if you choose to swap the food coloring for an alternative as the flavor of the cake may be affected. However, cherries do go well with chocolate!

The Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz or 225g Cream Cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup or 55g Butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups or 400 g powdered sugar

NOTE: This cake recipe is quite sweet when you take in to account the frosting which also has sugar. If you don't want such a sweet cake, I suggest you cut the sugar in the cake ingredients down and use 1 1/2 cups or 300g of sugar, and for the frosting, the same amount as the cake batter. Red Velvet cake is generally a sweet cake anyway, but I know some of our Lovefoodies fans prefer a less sweet cake. 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 F or 180C. Grease and line a 10-inch square sheet pan or 2 x 8 inch round pans

Line a baking pan

2. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

Easy Red Velvet Party Cake, prepare dry ingredients

3. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food color, and vanilla.

Creaming butter and sugar

4. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not overbeat.

Easy Red Velvet Party Cake, adding chocolate to cake batter

5. Bake 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 5 minutes. Make sure completely cool.

6. **Optional: If you'd like to use some cake crumb for decoration on the top, as in the photos, slice 1cm width off the side of the cake and gently break up into crumbs and set aside until you make the frosting.

Easy Red Velvet Party Cake


7. Make the Cream Cheese Frosting

Beat cream cheese, softened, butter, and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Then once the cake has completely cooled, spread on the top.

Decorate with a variety of chocolate sprinkles, cake crumb or chocolate shards.

Easy Red Velvet Party Cake

Note: If you would like to make a smaller recipe, you can use an 8-inch square pan and halve the ingredients. The cook time will stay the same.

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our Easy Red Velvet Party Cake recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

Easy Red Velvet Party Cake

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Easy Red Velvet Party Cake

Easy Red Velvet Party Cake

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Easy Red Velvet Party Cake recipe with a lovely cream cheese frosting. Soft, fluffy and so delicious! Make as a sheet or round cake, you decide!

Ingredients

  • The Cake Batter
  • 2 1/2 cups or 310 g All Purpose / Plain Flour
  • 1/2 cup or 60g Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup or 225g Butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups or 400 g Sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup or 240ml Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup or 120 ml milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Food Color or red colour paste or cherry or Beet juice.
  • The Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz or 225g Cream Cheese,room temperature
  • 1/4 cup or 55g Butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups or 400 g powdered sugar

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F or 180C. Grease and line a 10 inch square sheet pan or 2 8 inch round pans

2. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.

3. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food color and vanilla.

4. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not over beat.

5. Bake 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 5 minutes.Make sure completely cool.

6. **Optional: If you'd like to use some cake crumb for decoration on the top, as in the photos, slice 1cm width off the side of the cake and gently break up in to crumbs and set aside until you make the frosting.

7. Cream Cheese Frosting:

Beat cream cheese, softened, butter, and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Then once the cake has completely cooled, spread on the top.

Decorate with a variety of chocolate sprinkles, cake crumb or chocolate shards.

Notes

1. Be careful if you choose to swap the food colouring for an alternative as the flavour of the cake may be affected. However, cherries do go well with chocolate!

2. If you would like to make a smaller recipe, you can use an 8 inch square pan and halve the ingredients. The cook time will stay the same.

3. If you want a less sweet cake, please reduce the sugar in the cake batter to 1 1/2 cups or 300g and in the frosting, the powdered sugar down to 1 1/2 cups or 300g

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 524Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 307mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 1gSugar: 54gProtein: 6g

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  1. 5 stars
    Have made this a number of times and it’s always turned out great!!
    Getting ready to make again for my birthday on Monday thanks for such a straightforward but tasty recipe 👍

  2. Hi, in the frosting/topping ingredients it doesn’t mention sour cream but the instructions do, so is sour cream needed for the frosting please? Thanks Jackie

    1. Hi Jackie, so sorry it was a typo which I’ve now corrected. There is no sour cream in the frosting.
      Thanks very much for pointing this out!!