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Red Velvet Christmas Cake Recipe

Being a Southern belle has its many perks and one of them is the multitude of red velvet recipes (along with other Southern cake recipes) available at your fingertips. This festive Christmas version of red velvet was passed down to me from a fancy, sweet grandmother that lives in my building who sniffed out my weekend cake baking from across the hall. She loves to share her recipes with me as if I am her own granddaughter and I don't mind, not one bit. I've tweaked it along the way, as Ol' Southern ladies do love their sugar and butter (even a bit too much for my major sweet tooth).
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cake, christmas, recipe, red velvet
Servings: 8
Author: Amanda Toman


Red Velvet Cake

  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups canola oil
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons red food coloring. I found this is almost two small bottles.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk

Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature 1/2 cup is one stick
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar softed
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2-3 candy canes for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour each of the layer pans, set aside.
  • Sift or whisk together the dry ingredients - flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda in a medium sized bowl.
  • In an electric mixer on medium speed, add the ingredients in the following order:  oil, sugar, and then the eggs (one at a time).
  • Switch your mixer to a low speed and SLOWLY add in the food coloring (it may splash), vanilla, and vinegar.  Make sure they are fully mixed together.
  • Add in the the flour mixture (from step 2) alternately with buttermilk in a few batches. Be sure to scrape down the bowl and beat to combine all the ingredients.  Do not over mix.
  • Divide batter among pans and place them in the oven.  Bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cool in pans 15-20 minutes. Then remove from pans and flip layers. Note: If your cake layers have what resembles a muffin top, go ahead and use a knife to slowly cut off the tops to make your cake layers flat.  This will make layering and frosting much easier and you have a tasty treat to much on while frosting. Cool completely before frosting.
  • Start making frosting. Place cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl. With a handheld electric mixer, beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add sugar and peppermint extract. Beat, on low speed to combine.
  • Lastly, take the candy canes and place them in a ziplock baggie.  Crush them with a kitchen utensil and then slowly sprinkle them over your frosting.


Don't have time to bake a cake from scratch but love this look?
With all the Christmas shopping, holiday parties and everything else that goes into the holidays, you may not have time to bake a cake from scratch.  So, if this is the case, it's (obviously) okay to buy the box mix and frosting. I saw that they even have Peppermint flavor out for the holidays!
To make a layered cake like the one in the pics, be sure to buy two boxes of cake mix and two tubs of frosting.