This bright red cake will win everyone over whatever the occasion!

You might know a lot of cake recipes, but very few of them will be this shade of bright red.

The heart decorations can be added to this red velvet cake if you want to make a romantic dessert, but this recipe will also find fans among lovers of bright colors. It not only looks great, it tastes great too, with the American-style frosting adding a creamy note to complement the sponge.

You'll need:

For the red batter:

  • 8¾ oz butter
  • 10½ oz flour
  • 12⅓ oz sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1¼ tbsp vanilla flavoring
  • red food coloring

For the light batter:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 3½ oz sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla flavoring

For the frosting:

  • 8¾ oz icing sugar
  • 5 fl oz cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp vanilla flavoring

As decoration:

  • little candy hearts

Here's how:

1. First, cut the butter for the red batter into cubes and put them in a large bowl. Add the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, eggs, cream cheese and vanilla flavoring. Mix everything into a smooth batter with an electric whisk and add a few drops of food coloring. Stir again, until the batter takes on, ideally, an even deep red color.

2. In another bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, flour, butter, the egg and the vanilla flavoring. They should also be mixed into a smooth batter.

3. Now put roughly half of the red batter in a greased bundt cake pan and then spread the light batter on top around the circle. Try to keep the light mix from touching the inner and outer edges. Then add the rest of the red batter on top and smooth it flat.

Bake the cake in a convection oven for 45 minutes at 350°F.

4. Now create the frosting, by stirring together the icing sugar, cream, cream cheese and vanilla flavoring until they're smooth. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag and squeeze out a loop pattern over your cooled, upturned Red Velvet Bundt Cake.

5. For the final touch, you can sprinkle edible decorative hearts on your finished work.

Whether as a sign of your affection on Valentine's Day, a birthday or an anniversary, you can't go wrong with this gorgeous cake — because the way to someone's heart really is through their stomach. And its striking appearance means it's the first thing anyone will see when they come to your party!

And if this has put you in the mood for more colorful bundt cakes, give our Chocolate and Cherry Cake a try.



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