Purple Velvet Cake

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Purple Velvet Cake
Purple Velvet Cake

Today, I’m thrilled to share a recipe that’s as enchanting and playful as it is delectable – the Purple Velvet Cake. While the classic red velvet cake holds a special place in our hearts, it’s time to infuse some fun into our baking with a vibrant purple twist. This delightful cake is perfect for any celebration, from birthday bashes and baby showers to a simple, joyous family dinner. Its unique color and luxurious texture make it a surefire centerpiece that will spark conversations and dazzle your guests.

Originating from the Victorian era’s opulence, velvet cake was a symbol of elegance and a treat reserved for special occasions. We’re channeling that historical charm with a contemporary flair, promising a cake that impresses both visually and gastronomically.

Pair this stunning cake with simple sides like vanilla bean ice cream, whipped cream, or a fresh berry salad to complement its rich flavor. It’s also a fantastic addition to a brunch table, served with your favorite coffee or a glass of cold milk.

Embrace the art of baking with this playful and delicious Purple Velvet Cake. Its rich, moist texture and eye-catching hue are sure to make it a hit at any event. Happy baking, and here’s to creating joyful moments and delectable masterpieces!

Purple Velvet Cake Recipe

Servings: 12


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon fine salt

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

2 large eggs, at room temperature

2 tablespoons (1 oz.) purple food coloring

1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream cheese frosting (homemade or store-bought)


Prep: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease, flour, and line two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment.

Mix Dry Ingredients: Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder in a large bowl.

Combine Wet Ingredients: In another bowl, mix oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla until well blended.

Combine: Gradually mix wet ingredients into dry, stirring until smooth.

Bake: Divide batter between pans, bake for ~30 minutes. Cool in pans, then on a wire rack.

Frost: Once cool, frost with cream cheese frosting. Decorate as desired.

Variations & Tips:

Enhance flavor with almond extract.

Make buttermilk with milk and lemon juice or vinegar.

Adjust food coloring for desired purple intensity.

Try baking in a bundt pan for a different look, drizzling with icing.

Ensure cakes are completely cool before frosting.

Remember, perfection comes with practice. Enjoy the process!