Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This rich, chocolaty Southern favorite has its own culinary mythology: a couple at the Waldorf-Astoria, a shared slice of bright red chocolate cake, a request for the recipe, and the surprise of later finding a $100 charge on their room bill. Maybe all desserts this good deserve a legend.

To prepare cake: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat two 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl....


Ingredients

  • Cake
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks (see Cake-Baking Tips)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature (see Cake-Baking Tips), separated
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 ounce red food coloring (4 teaspoons), optional (see Ingredient note)
  • 1 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • Cream cheese frosting & garnish
  • 12 ounces soft light cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ounce chocolate, grated, for garnish (optional)

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