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Red Velvet Sheet Cake

Red Velvet Sheet Cake – A simple red velvet cake baking in a sheet pan and topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or Christmas!

Red Velvet Sheet Cake

I love making this red velvet sheet cake for both Valentine’s Day and Christmas because it is such a gorgeous dessert with that vibrant shade of red that you expect from red velvet cake. It’s fun and festive while also being delicious. Being that it is a sheet cake, there is no layering involved, just making the cake and frosting it right in it’s pan. I went with a classic cream cheese frosting because it pairs so perfectly with the red velvet cake.

Common Questions About Making Red Velvet Sheet Cake

What is a red velvet sheet cake?

A red velvet sheet cake is a simple cake baked in a 9×13″ pan. It is a chocolate cake dyed red and then once baked, it is topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting.

What is red velvet cake?

Red velvet cake is a red or red-brown colored cake that is chocolate flavored.

What kind of frosting is on a red velvet cake?

Usually, you will find cream cheese frosting on a red velvet cake.

How long does a red velvet cake last?

I would say about 3 days in the refrigerator if the frosting is on it but you keep the frosting separate, it will last a few extra days.

How many servings does this recipe make?

This recipe makes about 12 servings.

How can I decorate a red velvet cake?

I suggest doing any of the following as decorations –

  • Use your favorite festive sprinkles
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • Shaved chocolate

What other types of sheet cakes can I make?

My favorite other sheet cake recipes are –

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Yield: 12 Slices

Red Velvet Sheet Cake

Red Velvet Sheet Cake

Red Velvet Sheet Cake - A simple red velvet cake baking in a sheet pan and topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting. Perfect for Valentine's Day or Christmas!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


For the Cake

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Red gel food coloring*
  • 1/2 cup milk

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9"x13" baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar until mixed well. Then, beat in eggs, vinegar, and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients along with the sour cream and about 1/8 teaspoon of gel food coloring. If it is not red enough, add more coloring until it is red.
  5. Beat until smooth before stirring in the milk.
  6. Add batter to the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  7. While the cake is cooking, prepare the cream cheese frosting by beating together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  8. Add half of the powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Beat again until incorporated.
  9. Add the remaining powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  10. Allow the cake to cool before adding frosting on top.
  11. Slice and serve.

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