how to make red velvet cake

Red Velvet Sheet Cake

Serve a dessert with a pop of beautiful red color. This red velvet sheet cake is made from scratch and has melt in your mouth cream cheese frosting. Great for holiday parties!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas cake, red velvet cake, sheet cake recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 446kcal
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For the Frosting:

  • 5 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
  • ¾ cup butter (softened)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

For the Cake:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ounce red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder


For the Frosting:

  • In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  • Add the vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Mix well.
  • Add in the cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you’ve reached the desired consistency.

For the Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cream together the shortening and sugar.
  • Add eggs and mix well.
  • Add the vanilla extract, cocoa and red color and mix again.
  • Add the buttermilk, salt and flour. Mix well.
  • Lastly, add the vinegar and baking soda and mix until the batter is smooth.
  • Spray an 11x17x1” sheet cake pan with cooking spray.
  • Spread the batter evenly in the pan.
  • Bake the cakes for 15 minutes or until the center of the cake bounces back when you touch it.
  • Allow the cakes to cool completely and then frost.



The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 15 pieces and using all of the frosting, with 1 serving being 1 slice of frosted cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. Also, if you use less frosting, the serving will be less calories.


Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 441mg | Potassium: 66mg | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.1mg