Red Velvet Bundt Cake

Looking for an easy dessert that will make a grand impression? Try this semi-homemade red velvet bundt cake with a cream cheese glaze. There are chocolate chips in every bite!

red velvet bundt cake with cake mix

Red Velvet Bundt Cake

Red velvet cakes have always impressed me. Whether it is their gorgeous deep red color or the unmistakeable cocoa flavor, red velvet has me wrapped around its little finger.

This red velvet bundt cake is no exception. It starts with a boxed cake mix and gets a little extra flair from a pudding mix and sour cream. The chocolate pudding adds a touch more cocoa flavor and the sour cream makes the cake extra moist.

Don’t be ashamed to use a cake mix when you bake. They make the perfect start to all kinds of creative new recipes.

red velvet bundt cake recipe

How to Remove Cake from Bundt Pan

Bundt cakes can often be intimidating because you are depending on them coming cleanly out of the bundt pan. What is the easiest way to do this? To ensure easy cake removal, simply grease the bundt cake pan with shortening, then dust it with all-purpose flour. Do both. Don’t skip one or the other. The combination of both shortening and flour allow for a clean release. If you own a beautiful, intricate pan like this one, be sure to grease it well and get the shortening and flour in each crevice of the pan.

semi-homemade easy red velvet cake recipe

Cream Cheese Glaze

Don’t you love the contrast of the white cream cheese glaze against the red velvet? It makes it perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or just for the red velvet lover in your life.

Make this glaze quickly with cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Add milk a tablespoon at a time until you get it to the drizzling consistency that you’d like.

Once you have the glaze made, drizzle away until you have the look you’d like!

slice of red velvet bundt cake on a plate

Tools Needed to Make this Cake

  • Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Pan: This is my favorite bundt cake pan to use when I have a drizzle to put overtop the cake. Just gorgeous!
  • Stand Mixer: A hand mixer will work, but I always find it easier to make cake batter with a stand mixer.  
  • Bundt Cake Carrier: Store your cake in this carrier to keep it fresh and easy to transport!
red velvet bundt cake with glaze
red velvet bundt cake with glaze

Red Velvet Bundt Cake

4.93 from 14 votes
Servings 12


Cream Cheese Glaze


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, instant pudding, sour cream, eggs and water. Mix until well combined, about 2 minutes on medium speed.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Prepare a bundt pan by coating the inside of the pan with shortening, then sprinkling flour over the shortening. Gently tap the pan upside down over the sink to get rid of any excess flour.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn the cake out onto a cooling rack and allow cooling completely. Don’t allow it to cool too much longer in the pan; you might have problems getting it out without sticking.
  • While cooling, prepare the cream cheese glaze. 
  • In a bowl, with a mixer or an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until it’s smooth and creamy. Slowly, add in the powdered sugar until combined. Then add in the vanilla and milk. Mix until well combined. If you want a thinner glaze, add a tiny bit more milk.
  • Once cooled completely, drizzle the cream cheese glaze over the cake to your liking.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Calories are based on the cake being cut into 12 slices, with one serving being one slice.


Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 526mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 3.2mg
Calories 404

About Julie Clark

We are Julie, Maddie, and Kinslee – a mother and daughter team sharing with you the best cakes to satisfy any need or sweet craving that you may have. Welcome to our family’s kitchen!

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I’ve always found boxed cakes to have an off flavor, especially Red Velvet. Red Velvet cake is simple to make from scratch, with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. The only one I might not have is buttermilk, and you can buy powered buttermilk and eliminate that problem. Cake flour is finer than all-purpose, but if you want to bake, it should be in your pantry anyway. As far as vinegar, sometimes I put balsamic instead of cider just for an extra intensity. Try it!