15+ Velvet Cake Recipes

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There's just nothing better than a moist cake with a velvety soft texture- today we are sharing our FAVORITE Velvet Cake recipes.

Most people immediately think of Red Velvet Cake when they hear "velvet cake recipe". We love red velvet cake and have a few variations on the site. However, today we are featuring all of our velvet cakes in many different flavors!

Collage of our favorite Velvet Cake Recipes

When we refer to velvet cake, we are referring to a cake that has a velvety soft texture. This soft, tender crumb is achieved with acidic ingredients- usually buttermilk.

However, our "secret ingredient" that we also love to use is softened cream cheese in cake batter (sometimes in addition to buttermilk).

This adds richness and a magical velvety texture. These cakes have an incredibly fine crumb as well. We loved our "cream cheese" recipes so much that we made a whole series of "Velvet Cakes"!

Keep these trusted recipes in mind the next time you need a birthday cake recipe, holiday cake, or are just craving a fantastic dessert.

Our most popular velvet cakes are: white velvet cake, lemon velvet cake, and vanilla velvet cake, but we love them all!

15+ Velvet Cake Recipes

We love these ultra moist, velvety soft cake recipes! Most contain buttermilk as well as softened cream cheese in the cake batter.

Velvet Cake FAQs

The velvet cakes need to be refrigerated if a perishable filling or frosting is used. For instance, if it has whipped cream filling, lemon curd, cream cheese frosting, etc. it should be refrigerated. Of course, our Berry Cheesecake Cake which has vanilla velvet layers needs refrigeration also ;0)

If you do need to refrigerate your velvet cake because of the filling or frosting, store in an airtight container or under a cake dome. Then, remove from the refrigerator a couple of hours before serving. This will allow the cake plenty of time to warm and soften.

Yes! These velvet cake layers freeze beautifully. After baking, allow the layers to cool, and then wrap each layer in plastic wrap followed by foil. We usually wrap our layers while they are still slightly warm.

For extra support, you can place each layer on a foil-wrapped cake board before wrapping.

Freeze the velvet cake layers for up to three months!

When you are ready to thaw, move the cake layers, still wrapped, to the kitchen counter. Thaw for 30-45 minutes before unwrapping and continuing to thaw to desired amount.

(If you have made a bundt cake, move to the refrigerator the night before, and then move to the counter the next morning.)

Many of these "velvet cake" recipes have cream cheese in the cake batter (many along with buttermilk). You likely will not detect the flavor of the cream cheese- but it adds a wonderful richness of flavor and texture!

Thanks so much for stopping by! We hope that you enjoy this delicious roundup of flavorful, ultra moist velvet cakes. If you give any of these a try, we would love for you to leave a comment and photo below!

Also, make sure to check out our full collection of Cake Recipes including more cake recipes from scratch as well as cake mix recipes!

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