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Pink Velvet Cake

Pink Velvet Cake is a soft vanilla cake with food coloring to give it the pink color and topped with vanilla buttercream.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pink velvet cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 people
Author Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net

Ingredients

Cake

  • ½ cup (1 stick, 113g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups (300g) cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup (245g) whole milk, room temperature
  • ½ cup (109g) vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • red food coloring, 6-7 drops

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 227g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 32 ounces (7 cups) confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 5 tablespoons whole milk, or enough to reach desired consistency
  • 1 pinch kosher salt

Instructions

Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray 2, 8-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray or line each with parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter and cream until pale in color (about 2 minutes).

  3. Add the sugar to the creamed butter and mix for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.

  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure each egg is incorporated before adding the next one.

  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.

  6. In another bowl, combine the milk, oil, and vanilla.

  7. With the mixer on low speed, alternate between adding the flour mixture and the milk mixture to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix until the ingredients are fully incorporated, adding your desired amount of food coloring.

  8. Remove the bowl from the stand mixer.

  9. Pour the batter equally between the two cake pans. Bake the cakes for 30-35 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

  10. Allow cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before turning them over onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Vanilla Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, cream the butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).

  2. Add vanilla and almond extract.

  3. With the mixer on low, slowly add confectioners' sugar, milk, and salt, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.

  4. Once the ingredients have been incorporated, whip the frosting on medium-high to high for 3-7 minutes.

  5. If frosting is too thick to spread, gradually beat in additional milk until it reaches your desired consistency.

  6. Frost cooled cakes. Store leftovers buttercream in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.