Bite into a dream come true with an ultra moist Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake recipe that is also ridiculously easy to throw together! Slather on a batch of light and fluffy cream cheese frosting for the literal icing on this to-die-for cake!
Preheat oven to 325ºF. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by spraying with cooking spray, lining pans with cut-to-size parchment or wax paper on the bottom, and then spraying the parchment. Set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together sugar, eggs, sour cream, vegetable oil, vanilla, and food coloring.
Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Vigorously whisk or stir to combine.
Divide the cake batter into the prepared cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Be careful to not overbake. Remove from the oven and cool in pans for 5 minutes. Turn cakes onto wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting
In a bowl beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, sour cream, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
Pour heavy cream into a separate clean, large bowl. Beat on high until it holds shape and peaks form with the consistency of whipped cream.
Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until no streaks remain.
Assembly: Place 1 cake layer on your cake stand or serving plate. Evenly cover the top with frosting. Top with 2nd layer and spread remaining frosting all over the top and sides. For best taste, serve at room temperature, but refrigerate leftovers.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I make this recipe dairy-free?Possibly. I have not tried the recipe with a dairy-free sour cream or yogurt substitute, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. However, the moisture content will be different so the baking times may change.
Can I freeze red velvet cake?Yes. Frost and freeze the entire cake or leftover slices. To freeze a whole cake, freeze until solid and then wrap it securely with plastic wrap. Freeze up to 3 months, and thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
Can I use a different frosting?Of course! If cream cheese frosting isn't your thing, try a vanilla buttercream or whipped cream frosting.
What is the best red food coloring to use?I like red gel coloring because you do not have to add as much for a vibrant color. If you would rather use regular food coloring , please note you will need 2-3 tablespoons to achieve a bright red.Alternatively, leave out the food coloring or use natural beet root powder.