Sky-High Pink and Red Velvet Cake

Celebrate love and joy with the Sky-High Pink and Red Velvet Cake, a breathtaking dessert perfect for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or any festive occasion. This visually striking cake features alternating layers of vibrant red and soft pink velvet, enveloped in a creamy, tangy cream cheese frosting. Adorned with whimsical candy decorations, this cake is not just a treat but a centerpiece that commands attention.


For the Red Velvet Layers:
  • 10.5 oz (2 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 10.5 oz (1 1/2 cups) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1.5 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 TBSP red gel food coloring (or 2 TBSP red liquid food coloring)
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Pink Velvet Layers:
  • Similar ingredients as the red velvet but replace cocoa powder with an equivalent amount of flour and use pink food coloring.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 lb (about 2 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 lbs full-fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3.5 oz (about 1/2 cup) marshmallow cream
  • 2 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 3 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Prepare the Cake Layers:
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line four 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
    • For each cake color, whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl. In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients until well combined.
    • Divide the batter among the prepared pans, ensuring an even split for consistent layering. Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    • Allow the cakes to cool completely before removing from the pans. For easier assembly, freeze the layers for about an hour.
  2. Make the Cream Cheese Frosting:
    • In a large bowl, beat the butter, cream cheese, and marshmallow cream until fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, followed by the vanilla, cream, and salt. Continue beating until the frosting is smooth and spreadable.
  3. Assemble the Cake:
    • Slice each cake layer horizontally to create thinner layers. This will allow for more layers and a taller presentation.
    • Begin layering by placing a red velvet layer on your cake stand or plate. Spread a generous amount of frosting over the first layer, then top with a pink layer. Repeat this process, alternating colors and spreading frosting between each layer.
    • Apply a thin crumb coat to the entire cake and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up the frosting. After the crumb coat is set, apply a final thick layer of frosting to the entire cake.
    • Decorate the top with piped rosettes and add heart-shaped jelly beans or candy decorations around the sides for a festive touch.


  • Room Temperature Ingredients: For the creamiest frosting, ensure all ingredients are at room temperature before mixing.
  • Smooth Layers: For perfectly smooth layers, use a cake leveler or a serrated knife to even out any domes on the cake layers.
  • Decorative Touches: Customize the cake with decorations that match the occasion. Edible glitter, fresh flowers, or even themed cake toppers can add an extra element of charm.


The Sky-High Pink and Red Velvet Cake is a celebration in itself, offering not just layers of delicious cake but also an opportunity to create something beautiful and memorable. Whether it’s for a special someone or a grand event, this cake is sure to delight both the eyes and the palate, making any celebration even more spectacular.

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