Green Velvet Cake Recipe

Embrace the allure of this Green Velvet Cake, a festive and eye-catching variant of the traditional red velvet cake that promises to be the star of any celebration. Perfect for occasions like St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, or any event where you want to add a pop of color, this cake combines a moist, tender crumb with the rich tanginess of cream cheese frosting.


For the Cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon green food coloring

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk or heavy cream (if necessary)


  1. Prepare Pans: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Spray three 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray and line the bottoms with parchment paper to ensure an easy release after baking.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Mix Wet Ingredients: In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and white vinegar until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  4. Combine: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk. Start and end with the dry ingredients to ensure everything mixes evenly without overmixing. Stir in the green food coloring until the color is uniform.
  5. Bake: Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans set on a wire rack.
  6. Make Frosting: While the cakes are cooling, prepare the frosting. Beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and salt. Gradually mix in the powdered sugar until you reach the desired sweetness and consistency. If the frosting is too thick, thin it with milk or cream.
  7. Assemble the Cake: Once the cakes are completely cooled, trim any domed tops to create flat layers. Stack the cakes, spreading a generous amount of frosting between each layer. Coat the outside of the cake with a thin layer of frosting for a crumb coat, then follow with a thicker layer to finish.

Preparation and Serving Tips

  • Total Prep Time: About 5 hours, including cooling and frosting.
  • Buttermilk Substitute: If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make a quick substitute by adding 2 teaspoons of white vinegar to 1 cup of whole milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Decorating: For a festive look, decorate the cake with green sprinkles or themed decorations that suit the occasion.

This Green Velvet Cake not only looks spectacular but also offers a deliciously smooth and rich flavor that’s sure to please any crowd. Whether you’re celebrating a holiday or just looking for a way to brighten up your dessert table, this cake is a perfect choice. Enjoy the process of baking and sharing this delightful treat!

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