Valentine’s Day Ideas & Easy Cake Recipes: How to Make Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cakes surge in popularity around Valentine’s Day due to their festive bright red color. And also their yumminess. It’s famous for more than its color though. The cake is moist, slightly chocolatey, and nearly everyone falls in love with the classic cream cheese icing. Check out these facts about red velvet cake that you probably did not know. If you’re a Steel Magnolias fan and you remember the scenes with the groom’s armadillo cake, Trisha Yearwood has recreated a version of it in this red velvet recipe.

Making a red velvet cake is easy and can be a part of anyone’s baking repertoire. Even if you don’t have a repertoire. Watch the video above outlining the simple steps to create a classic red velvet cake for Valentine’s Day. These cakes make thoughtful and inexpensive food gifts for someone special, or a dessert your loved ones will look forward to. You can find the recipe that corresponds with the above video here.

When it comes to decorating your red velvet cake, put your own spin on it. You can frost the entire thing all the way around or leave the layers unfrosted on the sides to let the fun red color show through. The recipe in the above video added white chocolate-covered strawberries to the top, which would be a delicious addition and also fits with the red and white theme. Some Southern-style recipes call for chopped pecans to be sprinkled on the top of the cake or along the frosted sides. If you slice a thin strip of cake off the top of your layers, like the recipe suggests to make them more level for stacking, you can crumble that extra cake into a bowl and use those crumbs for decoration as well. Heart sprinkles, cherries, candy conversation hearts: the possibilities are endless!

Here are some more recipes with different options to tailor your red velvet cake experience to your preferences. Try them all and enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Red Velvet Cake – If you want even more chocolate taste to your red velvet cake, this recipe uses half a cup of cocoa powder, which is more than most recipes. It gives the dessert a devil’s food cake kind of chocolatey taste.

Red Velvet Sheet Cake – Try this recipe if you prefer sheet cakes to layer cakes. It also has a different kind of icing – there’s no cream cheese in this one. It’s more milk and butter-based, with granulated sugar instead of confectioner’s sugar.

Red Velvet Cake With Marshmallow Frosting – Marshmallow frosting is a different route to go in if you love the taste. The baker created decorative white chocolate Christmas trees for this recipe. Try it with hearts for Valentine’s Day!

Red Velvet Poke Cake – Some people hate the word moist, which we understand, but there’s really no other way to describe this cake. This “poke” cake has holes poked in it, and then sweetened condensed milk is poured all over. Don’t worry, it’s a sheet cake inside of a pan, not a layer cake leaking all over your table. The sweetness gets baked into the cake but makes it super fudgy.

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe – If the best thing about a red velvet cake in your opinion is the frosting, check out Alton Brown’s recipe for the stuff.