Lighter Red Velvet Cake Recipe by Bobby Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 55 MINUTES

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  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, not Dutch processed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 (8 oz) package reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut


Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray an 8-inch round baking pan with nonstick spray.


Whisk the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Whisk the buttermilk, granulated sugar, oil, egg, vinegar, vanilla and food coloring together in a medium bowl. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture; stir until well blended.


Spoon the batter into the pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35–40 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a rack. Run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen it from the pan. Invert.


To make the frosting, with an electric mixer on high speed, beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl until very smooth 2 to 3 minutes. On low speed, beat in the confectioner's€™ sugar, sour cream and vanilla until blended, 1–2 minutes.


Split the cake layer in half with a long serrated knife. Place the bottom layer, cut side up, on a serving plate. Spread 1/2 cup of the frosting evenly over the layer, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Place the remaining cake layer on top, rounded side up. Spread the remaining 1 cup frosting over the top and side of the cake. Sprinkle with the pecans and coconut.

Bobby's Lighter Red Velvet Cake


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