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Four-Layer Red Velvet Chocolate Cake with Mascarpone Frosting

In honor of the return of the most bizarrely lovable mass-murderer, i.e. Dexter, I naturally decided to bake an aptly colored cake. Enter The Red Velvet Chocolate Cake, a vibrantly colored classic delight. Great for the holiday's, celebrations, or as a stunning after-dinner centerpiece to sweetly finish-off any dinner party. 

You will need two 9 inch round cake pans lined with wax or parchment paper and lightly greased with butter. Wire Cooling racks and tin foil or plastic wrap are also needed. 

Red Velvet Chocolate Cake
  • 2 1/2 cups Cake Flour, Sifted
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Milk + 1 Tbsp Distilled White Wine Vinegar (pre-mix and let sit)
  • 2 Tbsp Red Food Coloring
  • 1 tsp Distilled White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
*Begin by preparing your cake pans and preheating your oven to 350 degrees.                  
*In a medium bowl, combine the sifted flour, the salt, and the cocoa powder. Set aside. 

*Using a hand-held mixer or a KitchenAid, beat the butter until soft. Add the sugar and continue mixing until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, along with the vanilla. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure everything is being equally combined. 

*In a separate bowl, whisk the pre-mix of milk and vinegar with the food coloring. Return to your butter mixture and slowly add the flour mix and the red mix, alternating between the two, and beginning with the flour. Whisk on low until well combined. 

*In a small cup, add the baking powder and vinegar and allow to fizz. Mix into your batter and immediately transfer to baking pans. Divide the batter equally among the pans and smooth the top with a baking spatula or wooden spoon. 

*Place in the oven and bake 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on wire racks for 30 minutes. After approximately 15 minutes remove the cakes from the pans and continue to cool on the racks. When entirely cooled, wrap in tin foil or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour but preferably overnight. 

Mascarpone Frosting
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 8 oz Mascarpone 
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Tbsp Shredded Coconut 
*Using a hand-held mixer or KitchenAid, beat the cream cheese and mascarpone until soft. Add in the vanilla and powdered sugar, mixing well. Fold in the whip cream and then whisk lightly until frosting is thick and creamy. 

To Serve: Using a serrated knife, slice the cakes horizontally to create four layers. Place one layer, bottom up on a serving platter and frost the top. Stack the next layer on top, pressing the frosting between the two pieces, and frost the top of that layer. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of shredded coconut between the second and third layers. Repeat until all four layers have been stacked and frosted. Now frost the sides, spinning the plate to create a smooth, polished finish. Top with the remaining tbsp of coconut and decorate however your heart desires! 

Press crushed pecans into the sides of the cake, top with fresh raspberries or strawberries, speckle with sprinkles, spell out your lover's name with decorative icing, or even make a particularly disturbing design for a television show premiere; the finishing touches are up to you!

Enjoy :]


 *This post is linked to Mangoes and Chutney's for Fat Camp Friday


  1. I love Dexter and this cake is so appropriate! I love red velvet too and I bet its amazing with macarpone. Very cute and delicious!

  2. Thank you!! Sunday Dexter Day!!! Woohoo!

  3. I have to admit that really looks excellent. Ms. Davis with the red and white lines. I would try it. Plus it is chocolate.

    Please have a good week.

    Dr. Kingpin

    P.S. Dexter could be replaced with House or Bones.

  4. Can I do it with just one mold? Which mold size did u use?=)


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