Vintage Red Velvet Cake

Vintage style retro red velvet birthday cake with cream cheese frosting

Cocoa flavoured red velvet sponge, covered in a luscious cream cheese buttercream to create a stunning vintage style layer cake



Red Velvet Cake

  • 160ml Vegetable oil (2/3 cup)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 240ml Milk (1 cup)
  • 1 tbsp White vinegar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 22g Cocoa powder (3 tbsp)
  • 320g All-purpose flour (2 2/3 cups)
  • 300g White sugar (1 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • Red gel food colouring

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 510g Cream cheese, room temperature (18 oz)
  • 360ml Thickened/heavy cream (1 1/2 cup)
  • 75g White sugar (1/3 cup)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Gel food colourings of your choice


Red Velvet Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/355F, line the base of 3 x 6 inch cake tins with baking paper, and grease the sides
  2. Combine the milk and vinegar in a small bowl and set aside for 5 mins, until curdled
  3. Combine the oil and sugar in a large bowl
  4. Add the eggs, vanilla, soured milk and red food colouring
  5. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and mix until just combined
  6. Pour into the lined cake tins and bake for 25 mins, or until an inserted toothpick emerges clean
  7. Remove from the oven and cool

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Combine the cream cheese and sugar together in a large bowl and beat until smooth and creamy
  2. Add the cream and whisk until stiff peaks
  3. Colour with your desired gel colorings


  1. Level off the three cooled red velvet cakes
  2. Spread a thin layer of frosting between the cake layers and frost the outside of the cake with the remaining frosting
  3. Decorate as you like and place in the fridge to set for 1 hour before enjoying

Keywords: red velvet, cream cheese, frosting, buttercream, birthday cake, retro, vintage, birthday cake