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You’d be hard-pressed to find something as gorgeous of a dessert as red velvet. The bright red hue (thanks to the food coloring and touch of cocoa in case you’re wondering “what is red velvet?”) makes it instantly recognizable and perfect for any celebration, especially as a party dessert. Valentine’s Day ! Of course, it’s a great seasonal Christmas treat or as part of a red, white and blue dessert spread for any American holiday too! And there’s so much to love beyond the pretty color: it has a slightly tangy flavor that’s hard to beat. Best of all, it’s an excuse to make cream cheese frosting.
And because of its irresistibility, red velvet recipes are no longer limited to the classic cake these days. You can make everything from cookies to candy to hot chocolate recipes that will warm your heart and soul. There are also fun Valentine’s Day breakfast ideas, like pancakes and protein shakes, to start the day with a little romance. But of course, if you prefer cake, don’t worry! We’ve included towering layer cake recipes, easy-to-make sheet cake recipes, and bundt cake recipes that only need icing to decorate.
So grab that red food coloring, soften that cream cheese, and get ready to cook! Because no matter what you make, you’ll surely love every bite.
Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies
Between two soft red velvet cookies studded with white chocolate chunks, you’ll find creamy cream cheese frosting. Roll them in white nonpareils for an extra treat, because we all know sprinkles make everything better.
Get the recipe for Ree’s Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies.
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Red Velvet Cake
A single-serving dessert made in less than ten minutes? Is it a miracle? No, it’s Ree Drummond’s awesome mug cake recipe. Make it whenever you’re craving something sweet.
Get the recipe for Ree’s Red Velvet Mug Cake.
Red Velvet flavored cookie
Double the chocolate…wait, we mean triple chocolate in your red velvet with these easy cookies! There is cocoa in the cookie dough and then white and semi-sweet chocolate chips are incorporated into the dough.
Get the recipe for Red Velvet Cookies.
the red velvet brownie
Extra soft brownies And cheesecake? Hello, the best idea in the world! Look at this pretty pink swirl!
Get the recipe for Red Velvet Brownies.
Red Velvet Sheet Cake
If you like the idea of red velvet cake but want to avoid any layering, opt for a sheet cake. It’s just as tasty but much easier to assemble, cut and serve to eat.
Get Ree’s Red Velvet Sheet Cake recipe.
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Red Velvet Cake
Of course, if you TO DO have time to make a classic red velvet layer cake, go for it! Fill it with cream cheese frosting and decorate the sides with red crumbs so everyone knows what’s inside.
Get the recipe for Red Velvet Cake on Preppy Kitchen.
Red Velvet Cake Roll
Top them with raspberries and powdered sugar or serve them as is for a decadent treat that everyone is sure to love.
Get the Red Velvet Cake Roll recipe at Grandbaby Cakes.
Crock-Pot Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
Made with white and semi-sweet chocolate, this warm, velvety drink is just the sweet treat you need on a cold day. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles if you feel like celebrating your time indoors.
Get the Red Velvet Crock-Pot Hot Chocolate recipe at The Salty Marshmallow.
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Bourbon Vanilla Buttercream
Making vegan cupcakes is easier than it looks! Simply replace the buttermilk with a vegan option, and you’ll never see the difference in the end result! Topping it with enriched buttercream makes it even better.
Get the recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes with Bourbon Vanilla Buttercream at Orchids and Sweet Tea.
Red Velvet Lava Cake
These red velvet lava cakes are a sweet dessert for you and someone special to share together. Just look at that rich, molten center!
Get the recipe for Red Velvet Lava Cake from Grandbaby Cakes.
Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches
We all clamor for ice cream sandwiches at any time of year, right? You can make the ice cream from scratch or just use store bought to speed up the process.
Get the recipe for Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches at Posh Little Designs.
Red velvet pancakes
Red velvet doesn’t just have to be reserved for dessert. Make it for breakfast, too, with this recipe for homemade buttermilk pancakes. Top with whipped cream, berries, syrup or all three if desired.
Get the recipe for Red Velvet Pancakes at The Peach Kitchen.
Red velvet fondant
This fudge is super easy to make and melts in your mouth, two things we love to hear! You start with a boxed cake mix, if you really want to know how easy we mean.
Get the recipe for Red Velvet Fudge at Julie’s Eats and Treats.
Red Velvet Cheesecake Ice Cream
Yes to all that: red velvet, cream cheese and ice cream, no churning required. It only takes four ingredients and a few minutes to put together too!
Get the Red Velvet Cheesecake Ice Cream recipe from The Domestic Rebel.
Red Velvet Bundt Cake
Aren’t Bundt cakes the prettiest? They are instantly decorated thanks to the shape of the mold and are also easy to slice. This version is moist and tangy and made even more delicious with cream cheese frosting.
Get the Red Velvet Bundt Cake recipe on Simply Joy.
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Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Bombs
These make tasty treats and adorable gift ideas if you want to share them with someone you love. All you have to do is add them to the hot milk and that’s it! Bejeweled hot chocolate will be yours.
Get the recipe for Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Bombs at Amanda’s Cookin’.
Red Velvet Kiss Cookies
If you want a fun take on the classic peanut butter flower, go red! The hint of cocoa in the dough will help enhance the chocolatey goodness of the candy on top.
Get the recipe for Red Velvet Kiss Cookies for dinner and then dessert.
Red Velvet Churros
Yes, churros can be even better. Make them in red velvet and dip them in Nutella! They’re just as good dipped in cream cheese frosting. Prepare both for added decadence.
Get the Red Velvet churros at A Cookie Named Desire.
Red Velvet Sugar Cookies
Soft and chewy red velvet sugar cookies are good on their own. But if you roll them into nuggets, they have an extra crunchy touch on the outside. Plus, they’re pretty!
Get the Red Velvet Sugar Cookies recipe on Cloudy Kitchen.
Red Velvet Skinny Shake
If you’re looking for something that looks and tastes decadent, but really isn’t, try this shake! It contains good-for-you ingredients like protein powder and almond milk, so you can have it for breakfast or dessert.
Get the Red Velvet Skinny Shake recipe at Mom on Timeout.