Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake with Butter Roux Frosting

The traditional Red Velvet Cake with the velvety smooth roux buttercream frosting bakes up to be a showstopper with its delightful red color and extraordinary taste.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Jere Cassidy


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 ounce red food coloring

Butter Roux Frosting

  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/8 cups flour
  • 2 cups butter unsalted, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Perfect Piping Buttercream

  • 4 sticks butter unsalted, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 pound powdered sugar sifted
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 8" pans with nonstick spray and parchment paper - I use square pans

  2. In a small bowl mix the cocoa powder and red food coloring together and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl beat the shortening and sugar together until fluffy.

  4. In another bowl mix the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, 

  5. To the bowl of shortening and sugar, add the flour and buttermilk mixture alternating between the two. Mix well after each addition. Add the salt

  6. Pour the cocoa powder mixture into the bowl and mix until combined.

  7. In a small bowl mix the vinegar and cocoa powder, then mix into the batter until combined.

  8. Pour the batter between the two baking pans. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on racks for before removing from pans.

Butter Roux Frosting

  1. In a heavy saucepan whisk the flour and milk together and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until smooth and thick, about 10 - 14 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl. Place a piece of plastic over the mixture. Let the mixture cool completely, about 30 - 45 minutes in the fridge   This will be thick like pudding.

  3. Beat the sugar and butter for about 5 minutes until fluffy, then add the vanilla.

  4. Add the cooled flour milk mixture in thirds, beating well after each addition until smooth and creamy. 

Perfect Piping Buttercream

  1. Mix the butter until smooth and fluffy, then add the cream, cornstarch, and salt.

  2. Scrape the bowl then add the sifted powdered sugar in batches. Beat to combine and scraping bowl occasionally.

  3. Add the almond extract.

  4. Adjust the consistency of the icing by adding more powdered sugar or more cream for your desired piping.

  5. Add food coloring.

  6. This is a crusting buttercream so keep a plastic wrap over the bowl.

    This buttercream can be stored in the refrigerator for two weeks or it can be frozen for six months.