Red Velvet Squares with Cream Cheese Filling

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Perfect for the holidays, Red Velvet Squares with Cream Cheese Filling will wow your guests. Great with some fresh whipped cream!

Perfect for the holidays, Red Velvet Squares with Cream Cheese Filling will wow your guests. Great with some fresh whipped cream!

Red Velvet Squares with Cream Cheese Filling

So, who doesn’t immediately think of a hacked-up armadillo cake when they hear the words “red velvet”? If I hadn’t had red velvet cake several years before the movie “Steel Magnolias” came out, that would probably be my first thought too.

But for me, a red velvet cake reminds me of home in Lancaster, Penna., where Oregon Dairy made the absolute best red velvet sheet cakes, topped with fluffy, whipped white frosting. I love red velvet so much that I even requested one for my high school graduation party.

But as much as I love to bake, I have never attempted a red velvet cake, probably because I was afraid of it turning out too dry (a common mistake). I recently remembered a red velvet recipe by Make My Cake bakery in New York and decided that it would be my guinea pig of sorts.

This particular recipe intrigued me because instead of the cream cheese topping the cake, it’s baked INTO the cake — sandwiched between two velvety layers of red goodness.

Fortunately, my first attempt at baking a red velvet delicacy was a complete success, and I’m happy I chose this particular recipe to get my feet wet because it did not disappoint and was extremely easy to make (I’m a big fan of one-pan cakes!). Most importantly, you don’t need a glass of milk to wash it down because it’s too dry … but it’s still a nice pairing to this smooth and yummy treat.

And, because the cake is red, it’s the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day parties or just to make something extra special for your honey, holiday or not.

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Yield: 15 squares

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Filling
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


Cake Batter

  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 2-1/2 c. sifted cake flour
  • 2 tsp. Dutch-process cocoa powder*
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 oz. red food coloring
  • 1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. orange extract

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease and flour an 11"x9" pan. Cut butter into one-inch-thick pieces. Using a mixer at high speed, beat butter and sugar in a bowl until creamy. Reduce speed and add eggs one by one, blending mixture after each egg is added. Add buttermilk, blending again on the reduced speed, and set mixture aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add food coloring and vinegar to milk mixture. In a separate large bowl, pour in both mixtures, alternating between the flour and milk mixture, and ending with flour to prevent lumps. Stir in vanilla and orange extracts and set aside.

  3. After your cream cheese mixture is prepared (recipe below), pour 1/2 of the cake batter into your pan. Scoop large spoonfuls of cream cheese mixture over red velvet batter in pan. Spread evenly with a knife before pouring reserved batter over cream cheese layer. Use the knife to swirl gently. Bake about 50 minutes. Cut into squares once completely cooled and dust with powdered sugar, if desired.
  4. FOR FILLING: Whip cream cheese at medium speed until soft. Add sugar, vanilla and egg, blending until smooth.

Perfect for the holidays, Red Velvet Squares with Cream Cheese Filling. This cake will wow your guests. Great with some fresh whipped cream!


  1. I found you from the Strut Your Stuff link up. Your cake looks delicious. I just started a new Saturday Spotlight Linky Party on my blog this week, and would love to have you stop by and share!

  2. This looks delicious. Red Velvet Cheesecake is one of my favorites. Love that combo!
    Would love for you to come over and share at my linky party Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party.

  3. My family LOVES red velvet cake and now I have a recipe for it! Thanks for sharing at the Loving Valentine’s Day Party!


  4. This looks AMAZING! I’m so hungry now! For cream-cheesy-red-velvet-goodness, anyway!!!

  5. Hi! I am Maggie over at The Love Nerds. I was one of Ginger Snap Crafts co-hosts last week. I just wanted to let you know that I have featured this recipe today on my blog and can’t wait to try it out myself! I would love if you came over and checked out the other recipes as well as my own projects. Thanks!

  6. This looks so heavenly! I love red velvet anything and cannot wait to try this recipe! Pinning! 🙂

  7. Oh yum. This looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing at the DBB! Actually already pinned this earlier when I saw it on Pinterest because it looked so delicious.

  8. Oh my these look so moist! My youngest son loves Red velvet cake- pinning to try for him later

  9. These look delicious! I love the movie Steel magnolias, and I never tried Red Velvet until after I saw that movie! Still like red velvet, so that’s a good thing 🙂

    I love the cool Idea of having the cream cheese on the inside by the way!
    Ciara @Teaspoon of Life


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