Semi Homemade Red Velvet Cake

Sunday, October 4, 2015
An interesting tasting cake, a soft flavor of chocolate with a deep red color cake.

Perfect for those who don't want a great tasting cake without taking all the time to make it.

If you like easy you came to the right spot, this is it.

Sometimes when you're in a hurry you need a quick fix, this will certainly not disappoint you.

For those of you that dislike using cake mixes, then try my homemade scratch version below.

I enjoyed the frosting how it complimented this cake and flavors.

I love semi-homemade this one is a perfect blend of flavors!

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the cake mix version, or use my all made from scratch recipe for Homemade Red Velvet Cake.

Red velvet cake made with a cake mix and semi homemade with cream cheese frosting

You Can Really Feel Confident

This is the perfect dessert when you hate to bake or just plain in a hurry.

These ingredients will doctor up your cake to make it taste just like a cake made in a bakery.

It's super moist because of the buttermilk!

This is the best way to make a boxed cake mix taste homemade!

It's convenient less expensive using a few staple pantry ingredients to “doctor up” the mix.

The results will be a perfectly moist, red velvet cake that tastes like it came from a bakery.

We love red velvet cookies, cupcakespancakes, and this cake is wonderful if you're a fan!

Red velvet cake made with a cake mix and semi homemade with cream cheese frosting

What is Red Velvet Cake?

Red Velvet is completely different than a chocolate cake, contrary to some belief.

In the 1800's they actually used natural dye to make the color of this cake

They also used almond flour, cocoa, vinegar, buttermilk, and coffee and a chemical reaction to those ingredients enhances the color of the cake naturally.

Totally different cakes between chocolate and red velvet and they do not taste similar in flavor.

Years later when the food and drug passed red food dye to sell, the cakes in bakeries started using red dye.

Today, the cakes that are made still rely on using red food dye.

Red velvet cake made with a cake mix and semi homemade with cream cheese frosting

Not a fan of boxed cakes?

Below you can also find totally made from scratch red velvet cake!

I like to use the semi-homemade version when I am in a hurry and need to bring something to a party.

I make the homemade version when it's a special occasion like a birthday or anniversaries.

Florida Red Velvet Made From Scratch Recipe

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon fine salt

1 teaspoon of cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

2 large eggs, at room temperature

2 tablespoons red food coloring (1 ounce)

1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

flour and grease pans

Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows

Crushed pecans, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare 3 - 9 by 1 1/2-inch round cake pans by greasing and adding flour to them so the cake won't stick or line with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.

In another large bowl, whisk together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla.

Using a mixer, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined and smooth.

Pour into the prepared cake pans.

Bake for 30 minutes and use a toothpick method in the center of the cakes to see if it comes out clean.

Remove the cakes from the oven and invert on to wire racks to cool. Let cool completely.

Frost and garnish with the pecans desired.


16 ounces of cream cheese, softened

4 cups sifted powdered sugar

2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup), softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add the cream cheese, sugar, and butter to a mixing bowl and beat on low speed using a hand mixer beat for 5 minutes.

Frost cooled cakes, keep cake refrigerated.

Red velvet cake made with a cake mix and semi homemade with cream cheese frosting

For Making The Boxed Style Here Are The Ingredients Needed

scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements

  • German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • eggs
  • buttermilk
  • canola oil
  • red food coloring
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Frosting list:
  • whipping cream
  • softened cream cheese
  • powdered sugar
  • milk

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More Cake Mix Recipes To Try:

Banana Cake Mix Cake

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Carrot Cake that tastes like scratch!

Spice Cake Bars

Cake Mix Tips

You can use any brand  German Chocolate cake mix to make this semi-homemade cake.

The buttermilk makes this cake moist and delicious, just make sure you don't overbake the cakes and use a timer.

If you don't have time to make this yummy frosting recipe, try a can of cream cheese frosting, not as good but will do in a pinch.

Red velvet cake made with a cake mix and semi homemade with cream cheese frosting

Semi-Homemade Red Velvet Cake

Yield: 10
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 35 M
This is a semi-homemade cake and if you're a red velvet cake lover, this is the easiest way to get one made without wondering if it will be moist as it starts with a cake mix. Buttermilk is the secret to success!


  • Recipe
  • 1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 bottle red food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Frosting:
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons milk


How to cook Semi-Homemade Red Velvet Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9 inch pans or 13x9 sheet cake pan. Place everything in an electric mixer bowl and beat until smooth around 3 minutes. Pour into prepared pans. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or to package instructions. Use the toothpick in the center test to see if it's clean.
  2. Frosting:
  3. Add the cream cheese to a mixing bowl and beat using a high powered electric mixer, whip just till blended. Add the cream and keeping beating on high until adding the powdered sugar until soft peaks are formed. Frost cooled cakes, keep cake refrigerated.
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Red velvet cake made with a cake mix and semi homemade with cream cheese frosting


  1. wow this looks amazingly delicious and beautiful, Claudia.

  2. This makes an awesome party cake! Fantastic!

  3. This cake looks so beautiful, love the rich red color!


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