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3 Layer Microwave Red Velvet Cake

4.59 from 96 votes
Make 3 Layer Microwave Red Velvet Cake recipe in less than 10 minutes. You will not believe the soft, moist texture and incredible red velvet cocoa flavor.
3 Layer Red Velvet Cake made in the Microwave!!! You won't believe how soft and moist this cake is that was made in a microwave

Hi Bold Bakers!

What if I told you you could make a Big and Bold 3 Layer Red Velvet Cake in under 10 minutes? Now, you’re thinking, “Gemma, no way!” Well, it is 100% possible, you just need a few ingredients and a microwave. You, too, can bake my 3 Layer Microwave Red Velvet Cake in a matter of minutes.

I have experimented with countless microwave recipes from my original 3 Layer Vanilla Cake Made in the Microwave, to an entire Microwave New York Cheesecake made in under 5 minutes not to mention all of my 100 Mug Meal recipes. I can hardly believe it is possible to make a cake this decadent in the microwave, but I did it, and you can too. This cake is moist and light in texture, with a hint of chocolate, a touch of cinnamon and of course a lovely red color. You will love it!

This cake is the real deal.  You make it with good quality cocoa powder, sugar, butter, eggs, buttermilk, oil and red coloring. Not only is this cake a cinch to microwave, but a joy to mix up, as the batter is made all in one bowl and with no special equipment.

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After adding the wet ingredients into the dry and mixing, I pour the batter into 3 silicone cake pans. I use these Silicone Cake Molds. This is the secret baking cakes in the microwave as the silicone ensures the cakes cook evenly in just a few minutes without sticking to the pans.

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When each layer has been microwaved allow them to cool. Then you can frost them just like any other cake. My 3 Layer Microwave Red Velvet Cake gets some very special treatment as it is frosted with my decadent and delicious best-ever cream cheese frosting. While this cake cuts down on the cooking time it is over-the-top on flavor and presentation.

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When frosting the cake I make it look rustic, leaving big swirls of frosting on the top and sides. You can do it your own way!  Last but not least I decorate the cake with additional red velvet crumbs. This 3 Layer Microwave Red Velvet Cake is one of my most beautiful to date. I cannot wait for all of you to get MICROBAKING!

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3 Layer Microwave Red Velvet Cake Recipe

4.59 from 96 votes
Make 3 Layer Microwave Red Velvet Cake recipe in less than 10 minutes. You will not believe the soft, moist texture and incredible red velvet cocoa flavor.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 10 -12
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Make 3 Layer Microwave Red Velvet Cake recipe in less than 10 minutes. You will not believe the soft, moist texture and incredible red velvet cocoa flavor.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 10 -12

Ingredients

  • cups (12½oz/ 375g) all purpose flour
  • cups (12oz/ 360g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder , sifted
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs , at room temperature
  • 1 cups (8fl oz/ 240g) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (8oz/ 224g) buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring , (A gel or paste is best for a strong color)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • My Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting

Instructions

  • To make the 3 layer microwave red velvet cake grease 3 x 7 1/4 inch silicon cake pans and set aside. Note you can use a 6, 8 or 9 inch mold/dish as long as it is microwave safe.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a separate jug, whisk together the eggs, oil, buttermilk, food coloring and vanilla.
  • Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Don't be tempted to over mix as this will make for a tough cake.
  • Next divide the batter evenly between the 3 silicone cake pans.
  • Microwave each layer of the cake separately for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, checking the cake around the 2 minute mark to ensure it does not over bake.
  • After microwaving each layer of the cake remove from the microwave and allow to cool completely before turning out onto a flat surface.
  • While the cakes are cooling prepare the cream cheese frosting and chill until needed.
  • Assemble the cake: Place one cake layer on your cake stand. Gently spoon on about 1/4 cup of the cream cheese frosting.
  • Using an offset spatula smooth the frosting out into one thin layer across the cake.
  • Stack the next layer of cake on top of the first frosted cake and repeat the process until all 3 layers are stacked and frosted.
  • Next frost the outside of the cake. Apply a crumb coat layer to the cake. Use a long, thin spatula to cover the cake completely with a thin and even layer of frosting. Be sure to wipe off your spatula each time you are about to dip it back into the bowl to get more frosting (this way you won't be transferring any red crumbs into the bowl of frosting). Don't worry at this point about the crumbs being visible in the frosting on the cake.
  • When your cake has a thin layer of frosting all over it, place it into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to "set" the frosting.
  • Once the first layer of frosting is set, apply the 2nd layer. Start by adding a large scoop of frosting onto the top of the cake. Use a long, thin spatula to spread the frosting evenly across the top and then spread it down the sides of the cake too. You shouldn't have any red crumbs floating around in the final frosting layer now, but some might sneak in :).
  • Generously swirl the cream cheese frosting on the top of the cake to create those classic swirls of frosting.
  • Lastly decorate the top of the cake with red velvet crumbs or as desired.
  • To store, cover the cake with cling wrap and place in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

All microwaves have their own way of baking, depending on the wattage and the technology. It is important to monitor the bake. Check at 2 minutes, if the cake feels barely firm to the touch on top, it is baked. You can then check it will a skewer/toothpick.
You can bake this recipe in a traditional oven too. Select 180C/350F and bake for about 25 minutes. Monitor the bake in the usual way.

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Grishma Parikh
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Grishma Parikh
8 days ago

Awesome recipe and now I will make this cake on my birthday. Thanks, Gemma for the awesome recipe.

swirls_lover
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swirls_lover
2 months ago

Hi, Gemma! will buttercream frosting taste as good as cream cheese frosting with this recipe?!

Franz
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Franz
26 days ago

Awesome Gemma. We enjoyed every bit. Thanks a ton.

Zeey
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Zeey
5 months ago

Hey Gemma always loved your recipes.
3 questions.
1.i want to make 2 layer. Not that big. How to decrease ingredients.
2.will whipped cream frostin more yummy with it or cream cheese one.
And how much whipped cream for 2 layer cake to b used.
3.how to make gel food colour at home. I dguess liquid red homemade colour wouldn’t go in this cake?
Thxlot

Laima
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Laima
1 year ago

Hi, Gemma! You are adorable!
My question- Can i use mascarpone cheese for frosting, for this cake. Adding just powdersugar for sweetness. Thanks!

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Riitu Chugh
8 days ago

fabulous easy peasy recipe. i halved the ingredients and made as i have just 2 silicone bake pans . and reduced the sugar in the frosting. couldn’t get the red colour – despite using all sorts of food colours

Armin
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Armin
1 month ago

THE MOISTEST CAKE EVER!!!!!!!

Armin
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Armin
1 month ago

Hi Gemma, the cake was Delicious!

Trang Thu
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Trang Thu
1 month ago

Gemma, I like all your red velvet cake recipes. I saw your red velvet cheesecake recipes and I really enjoy it. Can I use that recipe to make in the microwave with a 7-inch silicone mold?

Kiran
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Kiran
1 month ago

Hi Gemma can this cake be made in one single 12×3 inch cake mould?

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