Sweet Red Velvet Cake Recipe.
1 box of Red Velvet or German Chocolate cake mix
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Red food coloring (one small bottle) if you’re using the German Chocolate cake mix
1-2 cans cream cheese frosting, or
Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick butter softened
8 ounce package cream cheese
2 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 cups powdered sugar
Beat butter and cream cheese until well blended. Add powdered sugar and vanilla , beat until creamy.
Pre-heat oven to 350 and place rack in the center slot. Mix cake mix, sour cream, water, oil, eggs, and food coloring (if your’re using it) in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well blended. Pour mix into 2 greased round cake pans. Bake cake for about 30 minutes. Baking may vary slightly from oven to oven. Your cake will be done when it springs back when lightly pressed upon or when a toothpick will come cleanly out of the center of the cake. Remove pans from oven and allow cakes to cool for about 10-15 minutes. Remove cake from the pans by gently running a knife between the pan and the cake and then flipping the pan over and gently shaking til the cake releases . If the cake does not easily release it may be necessary to gently pry the cake loose with your fingertips. I find frozen cakes are much easier to work with so I put my cakes in the freezer for a few hours. After cake is frozen I like to slice a thin layer off top of each cake (basically leveling the cake). Grate/crumble the thin slices of Red Velvet Cake and save for later use in the decorations process.
Place one layer of cake on a cake plate. I like to keep large round thick plates on hand for making layer cakes, but you can also get Styrofoam cake rounds from a cake supply store, or use a dinner plate from your kitchen.
Use a spatula to spread some Cream Cheese Frosting on the top of the first layer, but not on the sides.
Place second layer on top of first.
I find it best to apply frosting in two layers. First spread a thin layer over entire cake using a spatula. Place cake back in freezer for about 5 minutes for the first layer to set. You can place your cake on a Lazy Susan if you have one, as this will make maneuvering your cake easier during the frosting process.
After first layer of frosting has set, continue by spreading frosting on the cake sides. Next, pile frosting onto center of the cake and spread frosting out toward the edges of the cake and down the sides. If you are a beginner, your cake may not look beautiful yet because it does take practice to get good at frosting cakes. In the next steps I will explain how to hide the imperfections and create a beautiful cake quite easily.
Apply a pattern to the top of your cake by running a butter knife or spatula back and forth across the cake giving the cake top a wavy look. Scoop up the saved Red Velvet Cake crumbs into the palm of your hand and apply to side of cake and around the top outside edge. This step will hide any imperfections on your cake and will look beautiful. You can stop here if want or you can use a decorator bag and star tip to make a “star” in the center.