Red Velvet Heart Cake

I know what you’re thinking. Yes, it is March. And yes, I know that Valentine’s was in February.But even though this cake is a Valentine’s themed cake, it is still cake! And it is ALWAYS time for cake.

I actually made this and had a little photoshoot a year ago. But I didn’t post it because 14th February had come and gone so instead decided to wait till 2017. And then I also missed that deadline…. What can I say? I am a terribly unorganised person.

Anyhoo, this cake is a three tiered red-velvet cake with a cream cheese frosting. The recipe belongs to the brilliant cake artist ( that’s right, there’s a profession called a cake artist, I think I’ve found my true calling in life)  Peggy Porschen.


Red velvet sponge: 
105g butter
275g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
A few drops of extra-red food colour
250g buttermilk
2 medium-sized eggs
235g plain flour
15g cocoa powder
2 pinches of salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 1⁄4 tsp white wine vinegar

Vanilla frosting:
250g full-fat cream cheese, softened slightly
250g unsalted butter, softened
625g icing sugar, sifted
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Red velvet cake crumbs


1. Make this one day ahead of when needed. Start by preheating the oven to 170°C.
2. Line three 15cm sandwich tins with oil spray and greaseproof paper. Place the butter, caster sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer and, using the paddle, beat at medium-high speed until fluffy.
3. Mix the red food colour with the buttermilk, checking for lumps.
4. Lightly beat the eggs in a separate bowl or jug and, with the mixer set at medium speed, slowly pour into the butter mixture. If the mixture starts to curdle, add a tablespoon of flour to bring it back together.
5. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt together and, once the butter, sugar and eggs are combined, add to the mixer with the coloured buttermilk and beat at low speed until just incorporated.
6. Whisk together the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar and quickly add to the cake batter.
7. Using a rubber spatula, fold through the batter to make sure everything is well combined.
8. Transfer the batter to the lined tins and gently spread it towards the edges with a step palette knife.
9. Bake for 20–25 minutes. The sponge is cooked when it springs back to the touch and the sides are coming away from the edges of the tin. You could also insert a clean knife into the middle of the sponge; if it is cooked, the knife will come out clean.
10. Once the sponges are baked, remove from the oven and leave to rest for about 10 minutes. When the sponges are just warm, run a knife all the way round the sides of the tins, transfer to a wire cooling rack and leave to cool completely. Once cool, wrap the sponges in cling film and leave them to rest overnight at room temperature. This will ensure that all the moisture is sealed and the sponges firm up to the ideal texture for trimming and layering.

11. Make a cream-cheese frosting then flavour with the vanilla extract. Chill for at least two hours, or until set.
12. Trim the sponges (reserving the trimmings for decoration) and sandwich the layers together using the vanilla frosting. Mask the top and sides of the cake using the remaining vanilla frosting.

Red-Velvet is one of my favourite cakes. It is so delicious! What are your favourite types of cake?
Happy Baking!
Always, M


  • Cília CC March 1, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    awww looks so yummy! Doesn't matter if it has a heart, you can eat cake every day of the year!
    Yes, I write my blog in english and spanish, thanks for apreciate this fact, because give me a lot of work write the things twice jajajaja! But I think is better because almost everybody can read it ^^

  • Steph Spying March 1, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    You can never go wrong with a good piece of cake…EVER!
    This looks delightful…and a great way to ring in March if you ask me!
    Also, everyday should be appropriate to celebrate love!

    You look like a baking genius, Marian!


  • Marian March 1, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you! And true that!!
    That's very cool, I wish I was bilingual. I admire the effort you put into your blog, writing in two languages is a big accomplishment and probably very time consuming!
    Thanks for stopping by ^_^

  • Marian March 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I just love cake <3
    Thank you! And that's very true. Cake and Love is for all year round.

    XD haha, I wouldn't say that.

    Happy March Steph!

  • Cait @ Paper Fury March 2, 2017 at 11:43 am

    This looks SO DELICIOUS and I immediately need this cake in my life and am officially so hungry for it.😍😍 Lovely photo at the beginning there too eeep!!

  • Marian March 2, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    THANK YOU! It's making me hungry too ^_^ Thanks so much, I finally think I'm getting better at editing photos!

  • Adrika March 4, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    lovely .)

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  • Bookaholic 007 March 11, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Ahh that looks amazing! I NEED to try this! I'm terrible at baking but maybe, by some miracle, it'll turn out okay?😂

  • Marian March 12, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Thanks so much Kyra! I'm sure you're not as bad as you think XD anyhow I hope it turns out delicious for you ^_^

  • Róisín March 27, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Nice post! I love Red-Velvet cake but I have never tried to make it myself. I will definitely try this in the future.

  • Marian March 27, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Thank you Roisin! ( are you Irish? ) You should definitely try making it, it is a goddess of cakes ^_^



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