Lovers Red Velvet Cake

Okay, okay I’m jumping on the Valentines day bandwagon with my ‘lovers’ cake but come on, it’s red and delicious and sweet and moreish – just like the one you love!  I hold no copyright over that statement, use it at will people!  Make this yummy red velvet cake for your sweetheart this Valentine’s day and let the good times roll…you can thank me later 🙂


Red Velvet Cake




225g unsalted butter plus extra for greasing

4 tbsp. water

55g cocoa powder

3 eggs, beaten

250ml buttermilk

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp red food colouring

280g plain flour

55g cornflour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

280g caster sugar



500g cream cheese

80g unsalted butter, softened

6 tbsp. icing sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract




Preheat oven to 190°C.  Grease and line two 23cn/9inch round sandwich tins.  Place the butter, water and cocoa powder in a small saucepan and heat gently, without boiling and stirring until melted and smooth.  Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly,  Whisk together the eggs, buttermilk vanilla extract and food colouring in a bowl until frothy.  Whisk in the butter mixture.  Sift together the flour, cornflour and baking powder then stir quickly and evenly into the mixture with the caster sugar.  Divide the mixture between the prepared tins and bake in a preheated oven for 25 – 30 minutes or until risen and firm to the touch.  Leave to cool in the tins for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.  To make the icing whisk together all the ingredients until smooth.  Use about a third to sandwich the cake together and then cover the rest with the remainder of the icing.  Eat whilst staring into the eyes of your loved one….or sat in your jim jams with a big mug of coffee and Jeremy Kyle 🙂


About Sharon Duffin Photography

Professional photographer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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