Blue Velvet Cake

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
30 min
10 min
25 min

8 to 10 servings

  • Cake:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 ounces blue food coloring
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Icing:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup melted marshmallows
  • 1 (1-pound) box confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (8-inch) round pans.

In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter, mix until light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time and mix well after each addition. Mix cocoa and food coloring together and then add to sugar mixture; mix well. Sift together flour and salt. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Blend in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar and add to mixture.

Pour batter into pans. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from heat and cool completely before frosting.


Blend cream cheese and butter together in a mixing bowl. Add marshmallows and sugar and blend. Fold in coconut and nuts. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cooled cake.

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Love this recipe! I made it for my son's birthday and it was a huge hit. Followed the recipe exactly with no problems at all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
amazing taste but not a pretty sight. I followed Chefptsj's review for mixing the blue coloring with ingredients, so it was not a tough task to make the batter. it was difficult fitting 3 round cake pans in my oven and so the top 2 cooked faster than the lower pan. I let cool in pans but had to run out of the house therefore I didn't take them out of the pan until a few hours later, and they did not want to come out of the pan. so the cake was not a pretty sight but it was amazing and al my guests loved loved loved it. it was even better 2nd day after being refrigerated. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this recipe. I made it for my last baby shower. I made it a three layer in three shades of blue. It was the hit of the shower besides my belly. Loved it so much I'm making a red and blue version as the base of my oldest's 10th birthday surprise wrestling ring cake. My family loves red velvet recipes. The only thing is we're not big on buttermilk so I usually add vinegar to regular milk and let it sit for 10 minutes. Comes out pretty good:- item not reviewed by moderator and published
Being a baker by career & educator. Baking any cake that contains food color; 1st. the color must be stable or it will be a run off of color. (Being a color bleeder. I place vinegar in a glass soufflé cup (1 cup size, (stir with a plastic spoon; slow add 1 tsp. of sky blue powder; blend till smooth, wait. Add extract(has alcohol, smooth; add cocoa (natural, smooth, wait. Add 1/2 of the buttermilk, smooth. Let rest. Add to butter, sugar & eggs mixture and balance of buttermilk. Finish with flour mixture. This is my helpful learning suggestion for any baker lover. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Is delicious cake but is not blue velvet. I is green velvet :( item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I made this cake it did mot last the night at the party at first people were put off by the color but when they tasted it that was it. I will make this cake again. :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
The cake is very tasty although the frosting is even sweeter than most frostings. I like the combination a lot anyway. It was a fun cake to make! I had never put the ingredients together like that before. I will definitely make it again and even experiment with different colors. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake was a great addition to our Sunday family dinner. It was a little heavy but it was moist and flavorful. I like the twist on the cream cheese icing. It went on easily and tasted great, light and not as sickening sweet as some cream cheese icings can be. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made it for me and my family they loved it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This turned out very very tasty! Definitely a step above your standard birthday cake! Very moist and the texture is definitely not dry or crumbly. The cakes frosted easily and there was just enough frosting with the recipe below. The only changes I made were omitting the coconut and pecans in the frosting, to accommodate the guests at my son's birthday party. This cake was a big hit! <Now, can I just say ... I'm always disappointed when I see reviews that say, "Can't wait to make it" or "Looks disgusting" and then they give it a star rating. ARGH!> item not reviewed by moderator and published
did you separate the batter to get the 3 different color effects, also I'm stuck on what type of coloring to use, does gel work? item not reviewed by moderator and published

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