Deadly delicious beauty! Black Buttercream Frosted Red Velvet Cake

Deadly delicious beauty! Black Buttercream Frosted Red Velvet Cake

Sink your teeth into the ominous beauty of this Spooky Black Buttercream Frosted Red Velvet Cake! Every bite of this cake is a sin that makes any gothic baker proud! 

Three layers of  fluffy red velvet cake entwined with smooth black buttercream frosting will have you falling under its spell in no time! Not to mention its impressive dark aesthetic! 

Before you start baking, know this: there's no cake as deadly delicious as this one! 




  • 1 box Red Velvet Cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 box vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp whole mix


  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp activated charcoal or black Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1-2 tbsp milk



  • Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour three 6 inch baking pans. Add eggs and oil to a bowl of a stand mixer. Blend. Add cake mix and pudding. Mix on a low-medium speed. Pour in buttermilk as it is mixing. If it seems too stiff, add 1-2 tablespoons of milk. Divide batter between the 3 pans. Bake for 30-40 minutes until done. Cool on a wire rack. 
  • Invert and remove cakes from pans. Cut off the domes so that each layer is even.
  • In a standing mixer bowl, add butter and beat. Add powdered sugar and charcoal or black cocoa powder. Mix. Pour in cream as it’s mixing. If the frosting seems to thick add a little milk. And if it’s not dark enough, add more charcoal 1 teaspoon at a time.
  • Place one layer down on a cake plate and add a layer of frosting. Place down a second layer and add more frosting. Place down the third layer and cover the entire cake with the buttercream. Smooth the top and sides. Use a spiderweb themed stencil for the sides. Place the stencil against the cake. Use a off set spatula to add a light layer of frosting on top of the stencil and smooth it. Gently remove the stencil and repeat until the cake is covered with spiderwebs. Pipe dollops of buttercream all around the top of the cake with a piping bag with a star tip attached. Add a few sprinkles on top of the cake in the middle of the piped frosting. 


As you know, we love digging here at Dark Moth! So, here is where we discovered this tasty treasure!

Images & recipe by peach2peach.
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