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Red Velvet: The Perfect Valentine’s Day Cake

Celebrate Love This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a special day to celebrate love and affection. And what better way to show your loved ones how much you care than with a delicious red velvet cake?

Red velvet cake is a type of cake that is traditionally made with cocoa powder, buttermilk, and red food colouring. It is often served with cream cheese frosting, which gives it a rich and indulgent flavour.


If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat, then look no further than red velvet cake!

In this blog, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about this delicious treat – including how to make and decorate your own, or where to order red velvet cake online.

What is Red Velvet Cake?

Red velvet cake is a classic and decadent cake that is often served for special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, and, of course, Valentine’s Day. It is an especially popular choice for romantic occasions because of its deep red colour and its intense chocolate taste.

What makes it so special is its velvety texture and delightful combination of flavours. The cake is generally made with cocoa powder, vegetable oil, buttermilk, eggs, vinegar, and, of course, its namesake element – red food colouring.


As the cake bakes, the acid in the vinegar and buttermilk helps to create a luxurious texture that cannot be replicated by any other type of cake.

The Perfect Valentine’s Red Velvet Cake Recipe

If you’re looking to make your own red velvet cake this Valentine’s Day, then look no further than this perfect recipe. It’s simple to make and yields a moist, delicate cake.

You will need:

400g sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
200g vegetable oil
300g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
400g buttermilk
Red food colouring (natural is always best!)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda


1. Preheat oven to 180 °c / 350°F / gas mark 4 and grease two 9-inch cake pans.
2. Sift together flour, salt, and cocoa powder in a medium bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, mix oil and sugar until combined.
4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until combined.
5. Add vinegar, vanilla extract, and red food colouring and mix until combined.
6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk until all ingredients are combined.
7. Lastly, fold in one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
8. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.
9. Allow your red velvet cakes to cool completely before frosting.

See how we make your Red Velvet cakes in our bakery.

Tips for Decorating Your Red Velvet Cake

Once your red velvet cake is out of the oven and cooled, it’s time to get creative with a variety of different decorations. Here are some tips for decorating a perfect red velvet cake this Valentine’s Day.

For a classic look, try spreading cream cheese frosting in between the two cake layers and over the top of the cake.


Add edible decorations such as chocolate chips, chopped nuts, fresh fruit, or sprinkles, or drizzle with a caramel or chocolate glaze.

For a more modern flair, try using frosting in different colours such as pink, white, or even black. You could create an amazing drip cake.

You can also use sugar paste to create different shapes and designs. And valentines decorations such as red heart-shaped sprinkles will make the cake look even more romantic and inviting.


The History of Red Velvet Cake

The rich history of red velvet cake extends back to the 1800s. It is thought to have originated in the American south, and many say the recipe originated from European settlers. However, the origin story of the red velvet cake is not concrete. It is believed that during the early 1900s, red velvet cakes began to be featured in many cookbooks and by the 1950s, it had reached its peak in popularity. Today, red velvet cake is a beloved favourite all over the world and a must-have dessert for Valentine’s Day.


Q: What is red velvet cake?

A: Red velvet cake is a type of cake that is traditionally made with cocoa powder and buttermilk and has a creamy, velvet-like texture. It’s typically topped with a cream cheese frosting, giving it a distinct flavour.

Q: How is red velvet cake made?

A: Red velvet cake is traditionally made by combining butter, sugar, cocoa powder, vinegar, eggs, and food colouring. The food colouring is what gives the cake its signature red hue. It is then combined with buttermilk and a flour mixture and baked. After baking, it is typically iced with a cream cheese frosting.

Q: What does red velvet cake taste like?

A: Red velvet cake is a decadent cake that has a delicious chocolatey taste and a velvety texture. It has a rich flavour that comes from cocoa powder and buttermilk, as well as a hint of sweetness from both the batter and the cream cheese frosting.

Q: How do you store red velvet cake?

A: Red velvet cake should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should be consumed within 3-4 days for best results.

Red Velvet Cake For Valentine’s Day

Red velvet cake is the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. It’s rich, the chocolatey flavour is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, and its cheerful red colour is perfect for the celebration. Plus, what could be more romantic than sharing a slice of cake with your loved one?


So this year, skip the flowers and chocolate and go for something truly special: a red velvet cake.

Shop now and have it delivered in time for Valentine’s Day.

Red Velvet Cake From The Gift of Cake

There are three simple steps to arrange a Valentine Red Velvet cake delivery from The Gift of Cake:


1: First, select your choice from our range of handmade gourmet cakes.


2: Next, tell them how much they mean to you and add your personalised message


3: Finally, enter the shipping details. We’ll deliver your cake in time for Valentines Day


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