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HERSHEY'S Red Velvet Cake Recipe


35 Min.
15 Min.
Skill Level:

Wind down your work day with a bite of HERSHEY'S Red Velvet Cake. Break out the mixing bowl and spoons and follow this simple recipe today!

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
15 minutes
Bake Time
35 minutes


  • 1/2 cup
    butter or margarine, softened (125 mL)
  • 1 1/2 cups
    granulated sugar (375 mL)
  • 2
  • 1 cup
    buttermilk or soured milk* (250 mL)
  • 2 tbsps
    red food colouring (30 mL)
  • 2 cups
    all-purpose flour (500 mL)
  • 1/3 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa (75 mL)
  • 1 tsp
    salt (5 mL)
  • 1 1/2 tsps
    baking soda (7 mL)
  • 1 tbsp
    white vinegar (15 mL)
  • 2 cups
    prepared vanilla frosting (approx.) (500 mL)
  • HERSHEY'S CHIPITS Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S CHIPITS Milk Chocolate Chips


Equipment Needed 
oven Oven
baking pan 13x9-inch (33x23 cm) Baking Pan
mixing bowl Mixing Bowl
mixer Mixer
measuring cups Measuring Cups
wire rack Wire Rack

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch (3.5 L) baking pan.**


Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl; add eggs and vanilla, beating well. Stir buttermilk with food colouring. Stir flour with cocoa and salt; add alternately to butter mixture with buttermilk mixture, mixing well. Stir in baking soda and vinegar. Pour into prepared pan.


*To sour milk: Use 1 tbsp (15 mL) white vinegar plus milk to equal 1 cup (250 mL).


Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in centre comes out clean. Place on a wire rack and cool completely in pan. Frost and decorate as desired.


**Cake can also be baked in two, greased and floured, 9-inch (1.5 L) round cake pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in centre comes out clean. Place on a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes in pan. Turn cakes out from pans and cool completely. Frost and decorate as desired. (Prepare or purchase extra frosting for layer cakes.)


Heart Shapes: Use an open-topped heart-shaped cookie cutter, at least 1 1/2-inch (4 cm) deep and 3-inches (8 cm) wide to cut cake into 12 hearts. Frost and decorate as desired.