Red velvet cake

This delicious Red Velvet Cake was made by Lesley Kinghorn at the Old Post Office…

red velvet cake

…and here’s the recipe:

Red Velvet Cake


200g butter
200g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 free range eggs
5 tbsp Greek yogurt
3-4 drops red food colouring gel
200g sieved self raising flour
60g sieved cocoa
1 tsp baking powder

100g butter
200g cream cheese
500g icing sugar
1 tsp lemon juice 


  • Heat oven to 180 deg C/gas mark 4
  • Grease and line the bottom of two 20cm/8ins sandwich tins.
  • Beat together in a large bowl the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy, then add the vanilla extract, eggs and a tablespoon of the self raising flour.
  • In a separate bowl mix the yogurt with the food colouring gel thoroughly.
  • Add the yogurt mixture together with the remaining flour, cocoa and baking powder to the large bowl and combine thoroughly.
  • Bake for approximately 25 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool thoroughly.
  • Icing – beat together all the icing ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  • Once the cake is cool, remove from the tins. Sandwich half of the icing between the two cakes, spreading the remainder on the top.
  • You can always decorate the top with a few dried raspberries.


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