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Red Velvet Cake Recipe

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Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Holiday entertaining made simple with a dessert bar complete with flavorful coffee and homemade red velvet cake recipe!

red velvet cake on a dessert bar for the holidays with coffee

We are homebodies at heart so entertaining at home is our preference.

Spending time with family is always special, but the holidays bring additional joy.

Holiday memories are so important.

Entertaining at home need not be stressful!

Red Diamond® Coffee is the perfect drink to enjoy catching up with family. I purchased mine at Publix. Click here to find a store near you so you can buy your Red Diamond coffee

I've got a few tips for you to create a wonderful at-home experience by creating a simple dessert and coffee bar.

red velvet cake with coffee

Of course, the ultimate coffee and dessert bar must start with flavorful coffee. We are loving Red Diamond® Classic Blend Ground Coffee.

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Perfect's not easy, but this coffee is!

This family-owned company from Birmingham, Alabama has been producing the best coffee since 1906.

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Quality is important, five generations of this family have been bringing us 100% Arabica coffee using only the highest quality coffee beans.

Trust me, you can tell with the first sip!

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The aroma is decadent.

gorgeous hutch set up with a coffee bar

Let's talk about setting up a dessert and coffee bar!

Throughout the holiday season, I keep this area set up for entertaining.

It need not be elaborate to make a statement.

Here is what you'll need!

  • hutch or similar piece of furniture….even an area on your counters
  • coffee maker of choice
  • Red Diamond Classic Blend Ground Coffee
  • dessert such as Red Velvet Cake
  • plates, forks, napkins
  • gorgeous cake stand
  • mugs
  • decor
  • fresh clipping from the yard
  • table runner
  • creamer vessel
  • towel for any spills

coffee bar

If fresh greens aren't an option, craft stores have wonder selections inexpensively.

Fresh greens that I love to use from our yard are evergreen trees, boxwood, holly, and magnolia.

red velvet cake recipe

Red Velvet cake is my favorite cake. It is so good with a cup of coffee.

For as long as I can remember, I have always requested that my mom make this for my birthday.

I asked my mom for her recipe, and I made it for the first time.

I'm by no means a baker!

This recipe is so simple to make from scratch. You probably have most of the items on hand.

It's a beautiful cake for the holidays.

Here is my mom's Red Velvet Cake Recipe!


red velvet cake

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Yield: 1- 2 layer cake
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Yummy and beautiful homemade cake perfect for the holidays!


  • CAKE
  • 2-1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of canola oil
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of white vinegar
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 TBS of red food coloring
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick of margarine
  • 3 ounces of cream cheese
  • 16-ounce box or 3-1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of walnuts or pecans
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  1. Cream sugar and oil together with an electric mixer. Add eggs.
  2. In a separate bowl hand mix food coloring, cocoa powder, vinegar, and vanilla together.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift flour, salt, and baking soda together.
  4. Add your food coloring mixture to the sugar mixture and beat well to blend.
  5. Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk until well-blended.
  6. Butter and flour 2- 9-inch cake pans. I used margarine.
  7. Divide the batter into the 2 cake pans.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. The cake tester should come out clean.


  1. Cream together the margarine and cream cheese with an electric mixer.
  2. Add vanilla
  3. Gradually add the powdered sugar
  4. If your icing is too thick, you can thin with a little milk. I didn't have to do this.
  5. Chop 1 cup of nuts or more to sprinkle on top! I used pecans.

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red velvet cake

It's such a beautiful cake for the holidays.

red velvet cake sliced

If nuts are not your thing, sprinkle to top with shaved chocolate or red sugar crystals. I'm even using my mom's wedding china. She gave it to me years ago. It's 57 years old!

red velvet cake recipe

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    1. You are too funny! Thanks so much. We adore that hutch. We found it about 20 years ago while visiting North Carolina. We were able to bring it home in the back of our suv.

  1. My daughter’s all time favorite cake 😀 and in all honesty I’ve always been too scared to try and bake one. The name makes it sound like something complicated, but your recipe sounds like something I could do. Thank you

  2. I have never made a cake in 53 years that never came out of a box, so this is really something new. I love the idea of a red cake especially now Christmas is coming up.

    1. I totally encourage you to give it a try! It’s really not hard at all. Mine came out great on the first try!

  3. Love your recipe. I have been making a recipe very similar to yours for years except my icing is totally different and I split my layers. Makes a beautiful cake and everyone loves it.

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