Black Velvet Cake

Enjoy this delicious black velvet cake with whipped frosting – a tasty dessert treat.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 5 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

2 1/2
cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2
cups sugar
2
tablespoons unsweetened regular or dark baking cocoa
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon salt
1 1/2
cups vegetable oil
1
cup buttermilk
2
eggs
1
bottle (1 oz) black food color
1
teaspoon white vinegar
1
teaspoon vanilla
3
containers (12 oz each) cream cheese whipped ready-to-spread frosting
Black string licorice, if desired
Black jelly beans, if desired

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease 3 (8- or 9-inch) round cake pans with shortening; lightly flour.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In another large bowl, beat oil, buttermilk, eggs, food color, vinegar and vanilla with electric mixer on low speed just until blended. Gradually add flour mixture; beat 2 minutes on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pans.
  • 3 Bake 23 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4 Brush off all loose crumbs from cake layers. Place 1 cake layer, rounded side down, on serving plate; spread with 1 cup frosting. Top with second cake layer, rounded side up. Spread with 1 cup frosting. Top with third cake layer. Spread very thin layer of frosting on side to seal in crumbs. Spread remaining frosting on side and top of cake. Cut licorice into pieces. Pile licorice on top of cake. Decorate bottom edge of cake with jelly beans.

Expert Tips

Omit the licorice- flavored garnishes for this layer cake, and use brown candy-coated chocolate candies.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
628
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
35g
35%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
),
Sodium
368mg
368%;
Total Carbohydrate
74g
74%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 4 Other Carbohydrate; 7 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.