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HERSHEY'S Red Velvet Cake Recipe

HERSHEY'S Red Velvet Cake
Intermediate

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Skill Level: Intermediate

Recipe Rating

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 2 tablespoons (one 1-oz. bottle) red food color
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 to 2 cans (16 oz. each) ready-to-spread vanilla frosting
  • HERSHEY'S Mini Chips Semi-Sweet Chocolate or HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Chips

Directions

  • 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 13x9-inch baking pan.**
  • 2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl; add eggs and vanilla, beating well. Stir together buttermilk and food color. Stir together flour, cocoa and salt; add alternately to butter mixture with buttermilk mixture, mixing well. Stir in baking soda and vinegar. Pour into prepared pan.
  • 3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Frost; garnish with chocolate chips, if desired. Makes 12 servings.
  • * To sour milk: Use 1 tablespoon white vinegar plus milk to equal 1 cup.
  • VARIATION: For heart shapes: Using open-topped heart-shaped cookie cutter (at least 1-1/2 inches deep and 3-inches wide), cut cake into 12 hearts. Frost and decorate as directed.
  • **Cake can also be baked in two greased and floured 9-inch round baking pans. Bake at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely. Frost as desired.
  • HERSHEY'S RED VELVET CUPCAKES: Line about 28 muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper or foil baking cups. Prepare batter as above; fill each muffin cup about 1/2 full with batter. Bake at 350°F about 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Frost as desired. About 28 cupcakes.

Ratings & Reviews

    This is my go to recipe for a rich authentic red velvet cake! I make this for holidays and my birthday as a treat. I no longer need to order a custom cake! I use dark chocolate cocoa vice regular and it turns out great! Just use more red food coloring.
    I made this cake with my Grandaughters on Valentine's Day! After having the cake later that evening, The cake was very dry. I went back and reread the recipe incase we missed something! I wonder if there is an unintentional omission of oil or something to keep it moist. We all love Red velvet cake, so we'll keep looking.
    this is a good recipe. it is our family's go-to Red Velvet Cake recipe. we have enjoyed it for so many times now. we frost it every time we make it with Creamy Vanilla Frosting. Sooo good! :)
    OMG i'm so glad I came to know about this website. This makes me happy and everyone around me. Happy Baking
    i love this i made 4 times i is so good wel,l i love hersheys.com its life partner
    This red velvet cake recipe is a keeper! I actually used 2 ozs of red food coloring because one of the reviews said the color seemed alittle light. It came out really deep red..almost burgundy..which was really a pretty color....but the taste was sooooo amazing. The only thing I will do next time is use 1 oz of food coloring just like the recipe calls for. It is moist and totally amazing. I make a homemade cream cheese icing instead of the store bought icing. Great recipe! It is replacing my old red velvet recipe.
    People say I make the best Red Velvet cake/ cupcakes ever. One person even asked me if I sold my soul to make my cake. What they don't know is I use this classic Hershey's recipe! I love it and would never make another recipe
    One of the best red velvet cakes I've tasted! Not very red, but tastes great and is a soft moist cake. I added 1/4 cup oil in the end. Makes it even softer! Delicious with cream cheese frosting
    I have made this recipe twice now and it is a delicious moist cake. Not as red as some red velvet cakes and does have more cocoa than other recipes which may be the reason. I frosted the cake with a cream cheese frosting. Definitely worth making and you will get rave reviews from all.
    Excellent cake with creamcheese frost