Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake

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Yield: one 8" or 9" layer cake

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These colorful layers of Southern tradition with hints of citrus and chocolate boast a rich cream cheese frosting. Our gluten-free baking fans may finally hop on the red velvet bandwagon!

Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake

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Yield: one 8" or 9" layer cake
Published: 03/16/2012

Ingredients

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Directions

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1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the bottoms of two 8" or 9" round pans.

2) Pour the cake mix into a bowl and sift the cocoa powder into the mix. Whisk thoroughly.

3) Beat the butter, then add half the mix. Blend on low speed until the mixture is crumbly.

4) Add the eggs one at a time, beating for 12 to 14 seconds between each addition.

5) Add 1/3 of the milk at a time alternately with 1/3 of the dry mixture, blending on medium-low speed for about 7 seconds in between additions. Add the red velvet cake flavor, stirring just until blended.

6) Divide the batter between the two pans (8" pans will give you thicker layers).

7) Bake the cakes for 35 to 40 minutes, until the middle of the cakes feel firm when pressed. The internal temperature should reach 212°F.

8) Remove the cakes from the oven and allow them to cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Run a thin spatula or knife around the edge of the cakes, then turn them out of the pans to cool completely on the rack.

9) Fill and frost cooled layers with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Yield: one 8" or 9" layer cake, 12 to 16 servings.

Reviews

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  • star rating 07/10/2013
  • SuzyQ from Tulsa, OK
  • I made this for a 21st birthday party and it was awful! The texture was dry yet rubbery. The Red Velvet add made it red but that buttermilk flavor wasn't there. Everyone scraped off the frosting and threw the GF sponges away. If I haven't had success with other KAF GF mixes I would not buy from them again. So sad I made a horrid 21st birthday cake : (
    We're sorry to hear that the recipe did not work out for you. Please contact our hotline and we'll be happy to help troubleshoot.
  • star rating 01/13/2013
  • AzMom21 from KAF Community
  • what did I do wrong, it was very dry and dense?
    To better understand what went wrong, I recommend calling up the Bakers Hotline (802-649-3717) or chatting with us on the Bakers LiveChat. It sounds like it baked too long, but there might have been an issue with mixing up the batter if it turned out dense. Best, Kim@KAF


  • star rating 12/25/2012
  • Barbara from Phx, AZ
  • The cake was dry, not sure what I did 'wrong' as I followed the recipe. Disappointing as other recipes were great.
    I'm sorry for the difficulty. Were you using a dark metal or glass pan? If so, the temperature of the oven would need to be reduced by 25°. The best way to monitor a gluten-free cake is to check the internal temperature and pull the cakes right when they reach 210°. ~Amy
  • star rating 10/22/2012
  • clemenich from KAF Community
  • I made this for my husband's birthday and he loved it. It is every bit as good as the regular non gluten free cake.
  • star rating 10/06/2012
  • smartcookietoo from KAF Community
  • This cake is awesome. I did not have the Red Velvet Cake Flavor, so I substituted with an extra 1/4 cup of cocoa and I used Dutch Cocoa. I found that this cake tasted better making it a day ahead and letting is sit with frosting and all. It helped with the texture of the cake. Very rich, very moist. Tasted very close to the gluten loaded Red Velvet Cake I made for my son's birthday. Love, love, love KA!
  • star rating 10/06/2012
  • bbimston from KAF Community
  • Thumbs down; this cake was a real disappointment. I've made gluten free red velvet from scratch with great success but this cake has a strange flavor. The description mentions "citrus" but it did not taste that way to us. It tasted more like bad grape flavoring. Really upset I wasted a box of yellow cake mix on this recipe.
    We hope you read the blog that accompanies this recipe, showing our journey from recipe development (read disasters here) to recipe success. You'll find it in the blogs under Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake:from mix twist to confectionary classic. You might also consider a call to our wonderful customer service reps so we can replace that mix for your next cake adventure. Call us at 800-827-6836 from 8 AM to 9 PM weekdays or from 9 AM to 5 PM on weekends. Irene @ KAF
  • star rating 09/18/2012
  • jooklie from KAF Community
  • Excellent cake! I made a two-layer cake using the recommended frosting recipe and it was very good. As with all of KAF's cakes that I've made, it didn't taste gluten-free at all! Thanks again, KAF!
  • star rating 09/05/2012
  • TM from NH
  • Great texture and taste. I made 20 cupcakes and used a vanilla buttercream frosting with soy milk. Everyone loved it and no one knew it was gluten-free! Thanks for a great g-f alternative to a favorite cake!
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