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Red Velvet Pound Cake

Red Velvet Pound Cake is a delicate, yet dense, cake that has a slight, but not too sweet chocolate flavor with a cream cheese frosting as the icing on the cake, literally!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Red Velvet Pound Cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 687kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • cups (2½ sticks / 284g) salted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups (600 g) granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (375 g) cake flour
  • ¼ cup (29.5 g) cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup (60 g) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1-3 teaspoons red food coloring, or enough to reach the desired color

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • cups (312.5 g) confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare a large bundt pan with butter and flour or by spraying with non-stick spray. (My 10-inch bundt pan is 3 inches deep. There should be at least 1 1/2 inches between the height of the batter and the top edge of the pan.)
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine cream cheese and butter until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  • Gradually add the sugar and mix until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition, followed by the vanilla.
  • Slowly add the cake flour and cocoa powder. Mix until combined.
  • Remove bowl from stand mixer and pour in the buttermilk. Mix by hand until just incorporated. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl to get every last bit of ingredient incorporated.
  • Fold in the food coloring, one teaspoon at a time, until the desired color is reached.
  • Pour batter into prepared bundt pan. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes. Check for doneness at 1 hour. (The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out with a few crumbs, but no wet batter.)
  • Allow cake to cool to room temperature before inverting on a plate and adding frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  • Drizzle frosting over cooled pound cake. Cut and serve.


Calories: 687kcal