Cake, Bread and Pastries

The Real Red Velvet Cake

The Real Red Velvet Cake
Credits @niakle

Authentic Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting. Authentic Red Velvet Cake without artificial food color. This is the one you’ve been dreaming about! Make sure to religiously follow each required ingredient to achieve best result.

The Real Red Velvet Cake


  • For the cake:
  • 1-1/2 cup unbleached flour (it has to be unbleached)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp natural cocoa powder (don’t use dutch processed – non alkalized)
  • 3/4 cup reduced beet juice (made from approximately 6 beets). Don’t use beets from a can or industrialized beet juice because it doesn’t contain enough betanin to color your cake.
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar (you can use other vinegars)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 100g unsalted butter at room temperature (8 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • For Frosting: (All ingredients must be at room temperature)
  • 110g cream cheese (4oz)
  • 110 grams goat cheese (chèvre- 4oz)
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For Garnish: Mixed red fruits to decorate such as: raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. (optional)


  1. Preheat oven at 350F.
  2. Juice the beets in a juicer and pour it in a small saucepan. Over medium heat reduce the beet juice to 3/4 of a cup. Let it cool and add vinegar and lemon. (You can also use a food processor instead and puree it with 2 cups of water, then strain it)
  3. In a bowl add flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa powder. Reserve.
  4. In a mixer or using a whisk cream the butter with sugar until pale yellow. Add eggs (one at a time), vanilla and buttermilk. As soon as the buttermilk goes on stop whisking it. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir well.
  5. Add the beet juice with the acids and stir it to combine.
  6. Butter and flour a 9″ baking pan or three 5″ mini pans.
  7. Pour batter over it and bake it for approximately 35 minutes in the middle rack or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake.
  8. To make the frosting add all the ingredients together and whisk it for 5 minutes until very fluffy and combined (in a mixer or by hand).
  9. Let the cake cool completely before frosting otherwise the cheeses will melt. Serve it with red fruits on top! Enjoy!