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Eggless Red Velvet Cake

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This Eggless Red Velvet Cake is moist, rich, and amazingly tasty! Two lovely layers of tender vibrant sponge red cake with fluffy cream cheese frosting. The perfect showstopper dessert for any occasion.

EGG FREE RED VELVET CAKE RECIPE

You are going to LOVE this egg-free red velvet cake. It is so moist and fluffy, even with the absence of eggs! This cake may look all elegant and fancy pants, but don’t let it fool you! It really couldn’t be easier to make!

For the beautiful bright red color, I use a gel paste food color. I know many people don’t like to use artificial food coloring, so you always have the option of using natural food coloring such as beets. I personally haven’t tested this recipe using natural food coloring.

HOW DO YOU MAKE AN EGGLESS CAKE?

The best way to substitute eggs in a cake recipe is finding the right combination of leavening agents, such as baking powder and/or baking soda, and acids, such vinegar, lemon juice, buttermilk, yogurt, sour cream, etc. When leavaners and acids are combined, they react and produce gas (bubbles), making the cake fluffy.

Cakes without eggs can be a little tricky, but not impossible! This eggless red velvet cake is just as tasty as a regular one.

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED

Amounts are included in the printable recipe below (scroll down). You’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Butter — make sure it is softened and unsalted
  • White sugar
  • Sour cream
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Buttermilk — a must for red velvet cake and to keep the cake moist without the use of eggs! You can make your own buttermilk if you don’t have any on hand.
  • White vinegar
  • Red food color
  • Cream Cheese Frosting

HOW TO MAKE EGGLESS RED VELVET CAKE

Detailed instructions are included in the printable recipe below (scroll down).

1 — PREPARE THE EQUIPMENT

Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line and grease two 8 or 9-inch (20 or 22-cm) round cake pans.

2 – COMBINE DRY INGREDIENTS

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt into a large bowl; whisk to combine.

3 — CREAM THE BUTTER

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugar until smooth on medium speed. Once smooth add sour cream, vanilla extract, and vinegar; mix till well combined.

4 — COMBINE THE INGREDIENTS

Turn the mixer to low and add the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat in your desired amount of food coloring just until combined.

5 — BAKE THE EGGLESS RED VELVET CAKE

Divide batter between cake pans. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes on the same shelf or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let it rest for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool.

6 — ASSEMBLE THE CAKE

To assemble the cake, place 1 cake layer flat side down on a serving platter or cake stand. Spread evenly about 1 cup of frosting onto the cake, using a flat spatula. Place the second cake layer flat side down on top of the first layer. Use remaining frosting to cover the top and sides of the cake, if desired.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

The cream cheese frosting has a tangy yet sweet flavor that isn’t overpowering. The perfect complement to this red velvet cake. To make the frosting follow the steps in this recipe.

QUICK RECIPE TIPS

  • Measure the ingredients correctly. I highly recommend using a kitchen scale to avoid using too much flour.
  • Make sure to cream the butter and sugar together for 4 – 5 minutes, until creamy and pale. To achieve this, the butter has to be at the right consistency; ideally, the butter will easily bend without breaking and will give slightly when pressed. If it looks or feels oily is too soft. It should also not look like wet sand. That means it’s not finished creaming yet.
  • Don’t overmix the batter. Mix just until you’ve evenly distributed the ingredients throughout the batter.
  • Bake the cake(s) as soon as the batter is ready since you don’t want the baking soda to lose its effectiveness.
  • The amount of color you need to add depends on the brand of food coloring you are using, add till your batter turns a nice red in color. I used around 1/2 tablespoon. This is the one I always use.
  • Every oven is different, so baking times always have to be taken with a grain of salt. Oven thermostats can be wildly off, and that will all affect baking time, so keep an eye on yours. The cake(s) are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

STORING

This egg-free red velvet cake is always a hit, so what are the odds of leftover cake? However, if you do have leftovers or you’re planning on making this egg-free red velvet cake ahead of time for a party, here’s how to do so.

LEFTOVERS

This eggless red velvet cake will stay fresh in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. However, it’s best not to leave it at room temperature for long periods of time due to the cream cheese frosting.

FREEZER

You can freeze this eggless red velvet cake with and without frosting. To freeze, wrap the cake or slices tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a plastic double zipper quart freezer bag. Freeze the cakes for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before frosting if there isn’t any and serving.

MORE EGGLESS RED VELVET DESSERTS YOU’LL LOVE

Eggless Red Velvet Cake

Oriana Romero

This Eggless Red Velvet Cake is moist, rich, and amazingly tasty! Two lovely layers of tender vibrant sponge red cake with fluffy cream cheese frosting. I promise you will not miss the eggs.  This easy dessert is the perfect showstopper for any occasion.

3.95 from 118 votes
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients

 

 

  • 2 1/2 cups (350 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (230 g) unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1 ¼ cup (250 gr) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon red food color (see notes)

To Assemble & Decorate:

  • Cream Cheese Frosting

Instructions

 

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line two 8 or 9-inch (20 or 22-cm) round cake pans with parchment paper. Butter and dust with cocoa powder. You can also lightly grease with baking spray with flour, if you prefer.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt together into a large bowl; whisk to combine.
  • Using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy and pale on medium-high speed, about 4 minutes, scraping down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Once smooth, add sour cream, vanilla extract, and vinegar; mix till well combined.
  • Turn the mixer to low and add the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat in your desired amount of food coloring; mix just until combined.
  • Divide batter between cake pans. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes on the same shelf, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let it rest for 10 minutes in the pan then turn out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool.

Make the Frosting:

  • To make the frosting follow the steps in this recipe.

Assemble the Cake:

  • Level the tops of the cakes with a cake cutter or a long, serrated knife as needed. 
  • Line the edges of a cake platter with four strips of parchment paper to keep the platter clean. This is optional.
  • Place the first cake layer on the platter. Spread 1 cup of frosting evenly over the top. Top with the second cake layer, press lightly to adhere, then spread 1 1/2 cups buttercream evenly over the top and sides of the cake. You can smooth the cake’s top and sides with the edge of an offset spatula to smooth out any bumps. 
Oriana’s Notes
 

FOOD COLORING: The amount of color you need to add depends on the brand of food coloring you are using; add till your batter turns a nice red in color. I used around 1/2 tablespoon. This is the one I always use 

 

FLOUR: You can substitute all-purpose flour for self-rising flour. In this case, omit the baking powder and salt called in the recipe. 

 

SOUR CREAM: You can substitute sour cream for plain regular yogurt. 

 

STORE: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Due to the cream cheese frosting, it’s best not to leave it at room temperature for long periods of time.

 

FREEZE: Wrap the cake or slices tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a plastic double zipper quart freezer bag. Freeze the cakes for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before frosting if there isn’t any and serving. Take into consideration that the cakes will lose some of their fluffiness if refrigerated or frozen.

 

QUICK TIPS

  • Measure the ingredients correctly. I highly recommend using a kitchen scale.
  • Make sure to cream the butter and sugar together for 4 – 5 minutes until creamy and pale. To achieve this, the butter has to be at the right consistency; ideally, the butter will easily bend without breaking and will give slightly when pressed. If it looks or feels oily is too soft. It should also not look like wet sand. That means it’s not finished creaming yet.
  • Don’t overmix the batter. Mix just until you’ve evenly distributed the ingredients throughout the batter.
  • Bake the cake(s) as soon as the batter is ready since you don’t want the baking soda to lose its effectiveness.
  • Every oven is different, so baking times always have to be taken with a grain of salt. Oven thermostats can be wildly off, and that will all affect baking time, so keep an eye on yours. The cake(s) are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

 

LOOKING FOR MORE EGGLESS RECIPES?

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  • Eggless Sugar Cookies
  • Eggless Snickerdoodle Cookies
  • Eggless Vanilla Cake Recipe
  • Eggless Vanilla Cupcakes
  • The Best Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

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Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate, and it can vary depending on the products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 536kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 6gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 259mgPotassium: 129mgSugar: 32gVitamin A: 1135IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 0.5mg
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 536
Keyword cake easy eggfree Eggless redvelvet
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Recipe originally posted in January 2018, post content edited to add more helpful information, no change to the recipe in May 2021.  

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