Red Velvet Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

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For the cake:

  • 185g unsalted butter
  • 285g caster sugar
  • 285g self raising flour
  • 70g cocoa powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 284ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • red food colouring

For the buttercream:

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 300g melted white chocolate
Preparation Time:- 1 hour Cooking Time:- 1 hour 30 minutes

This rich, indulgent and decadent red velvet cake with white chocolate buttercream is perfect for any occasion!

Milkybar white chocolate is my favourite. When I was growing up, it was always the Easter egg I received each year. When I was shopping, I spotted some Milkybar bunnies on the shelf and I had to create something with them, they were too cute to leave!

I posted a little teaser on my Facebook page earlier this week of my army of bunnies and my favourite comment came from Louise Troubridge who said: “Oh no….. don’t melt the bunnies!!!” Don’t worry Louise, I didn’t melt them… just chopped them up a bit!

As well as using Milkybar, I’ve also been looking for an excuse to make a luscious red velvet cake. It matches my kitchen perfectly!

I found this cute story of the red velvet cake on 1-800bakery.

The Mystery of the Red Velvet Cake Origin

The true origin of the Red Velvet Cake is a mystery. The earliest story or documentation involving this decadent chocolate cake was believed to be around 1959, when a woman dining at the elegant Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City was served the dessert. She was so pleased with this early Red Velvet Cake that she asked for the recipe. The kitchen obliged to her request, but she found out later she was charged $100 (or $200, depending on the version of the story) for the recipe itself.

To get her revenge on the NYC Hotel, she shared the kitchen’s Red Velvet Cake recipe in the form of chain letters, which she sent to hundreds of individuals, therefore exposing the “secret” and exploding the popularity of and demand for the Red Velvet Cake as a birthday cake and elegant dessert.

For this deep red velvet cake, I’m using Sugarflair Concentrated Paste in Red Extra. This is a fantastic colour to use as you don’t need to use a lot. It’s super concentrated and much better than the liquid counterparts you can pick up in supermarkets. You can buy this from Iced Jems.

red extra

This recipe is for an 8″ round cake. Once baked and decorated, it will keep in an airtight tin for 4-5 days. Don’t keep it in the fridge or it will go too hard.


In a bowl, mix together your self raising flour, cocoa powder, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Leave to one side.


In another bowl, mix the buttermilk with red food colouring.


So shiny!


Then, cream together the butter and caster sugar.


Add in the eggs and cider vinegar.


Pour in 1/3 of your dry ingredients and 1/3 of your dyed buttermilk.


Mix thoroughly then add another 1/3 of dry ingredients and 1/3 dyed buttermilk.


Mix again then add the last third of both the dry ingredients and the dyed buttermilk.


Mix on a low speed for 4-5 minutes.


Pour this into a lined 8″ tin and bake at 140C for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.


Meanwhile, melt 300g white chocolate and leave to cool.


Make the buttercream by mixing together the butter and icing sugar, then add in the white chocolate.


When your cake has completely cooled, turn it out onto a surface upside down.


Using a cake leveller, we’re going to split our cake into three sections. Measure a third of the way up your cake.


‘Saw’ through this with your cake leveller or knife.


Then repeat for half way between the first cut and the top of the cake.


You will then have three parts to your cake.


Behead some Milkybar bunnies! (Not a sinister as it sounds. I wanted just the little heads sticking out of the cake, like they were burrowing. Plus, you can eat the bunny bums while you’re baking! Ha!)


Spoon half of your white chocolate buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a round nozzle.


Lift up the top two ‘layers’ of your cake. I find it’s always easier to start decorating from the bottom up.


Spread a little white chocolate buttercream over this layer, but don’t go all the way to the edge. If the buttercream is too hard, mix it with a little water to achieve a spreadable consistency.


Then, pipe rounds of buttercream by pushing firmly out of the bag and pulling the nozzle upwards slightly. Always release pressure then pull the bag away to get a clean ‘cut’.


Go all the way around the cake. Then, carefully put on the middle layer and repeat.


Finally, put on the top layer of your cake (which should be the bottom!) and pipe dots all the way over the top. Then, decorate as you like!


Red Velvet Cake by She Who Bakes

Simply gorgeous!

Enjoy! Let me know how you get on, either on FacebookTwitter or Instagram!

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Happy baking!

Britt xo

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