Purple Velvet Cake



  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp red food coloring
  • 1 tsp white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp (or more) purple food coloring
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar


  1. Preheat and Prepare Pans:
    Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients:
    In a medium bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
  3. Mix Wet Ingredients:
    In a large bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, buttermilk, eggs, red and purple food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Combine Ingredients:
    Gradually mix dry ingredients into the wet mixture until the batter is smooth.
  5. Bake:
    Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Prepare Frosting:
    Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy.
  7. Assemble Cake:
    Frost the cake layers and assemble the cake.

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