Decadent chocolate ganache covers this red velvet cake; the mascarpone and vanilla bean filling adds creamy texture and big flavor.

Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

50 mins
30 mins
20 mins
1 hr 40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Allow eggs and butter to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease and lightly flour three 9x9x2-inch square cake pans.** Set pans aside. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa powder, and salt; set aside.

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a very large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at time, beating on medium speed until well mixed. Scrape side of bowl; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes more. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in red food coloring and vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar; fold into batter. Spread batter in the prepared pans.

  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool cake layers in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove cake layers from pans. Cool thoroughly on wire racks.

  • If necessary, with a long serrated knife, level tops of cake layers. Place one cake layer, bottom side up, on serving platter. Spread with half of the Mascarpone-Vanilla Bean Filling. Top with second cake layer, bottom side up. Spread top with the remaining filling. Top with third layer, bottom side up. Spoon Chocolate Ganache over cake top, using a thin spatula to spread on side and top.

*Test kitchen tip

To make 1-1/2 cups sour milk, place 4-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1-1/2 cups total liquid; stir. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes before using.

**Test kitchen tip

If you have only one square pan, bake one layer at a time. Cool cake as directed in pan, then turn onto a wire rack. Wash and dry the pan. Grease and flour. Repeat baking each layer. Store cake batter in the refrigerator until ready to bake.

To make ahead:

Prepare as directed through Step 3. Place cakes in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw cakes, if frozen. Continue as directed in Step 4.

Nutrition Facts

605 calories; fat 30g; cholesterol 99mg; saturated fat 18g; carbohydrates 83g; mono fat 9g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 2g; sugars 61g; protein 7g; vitamin a 631.7IU; vitamin c 0.6mg; thiamin 0.2mg; riboflavin 0.3mg; niacin equivalents 1.6mg; folate 52.4mcg; vitamin b12 0.2mcg; sodium 358mg; potassium 205mg; calcium 60.6mg; iron 2.2mg.