Black Rose Cake

by Chef Zee

Black Rose Cake | Made To Order | Chef Zee Cooks

Serves: 8-10 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 4.0/5
( 4 voted )


  • 3 ⅓ cups cake flour
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter (1 ½ sticks)
  • Dash of oil* optional
  • 2 ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tbs liquid food coloring
  • 3 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 ½ tsp white vinegar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 6-8 cups Swiss Meringue Buttercream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Add room temperature butter to stand mixer and mix on medium speed for about 3-5 minutes until the butter has become a pale yellow color
  3. Add sugar and cream/mix together for another 3 minutes
  4. Add room temperature eggs one-by-one making sure to mix batter in between each egg
  5. Add vanilla extract and mix until well combined
  6. On the side, mix together dry ingredients: cocoa powder, cake flour, and salt. Whisk together until there are no clumps
  7. Add ⅓ dry ingredients into batter and mix on low speed
  8. Add ½ room temperature buttermilk & mix
  9. Add the 2nd third of dry ingredients & mix. Alternate between the dry ingredients and buttermilk until everything has been mixed in. Be careful not to overmix batter.
  10. Add in red food coloring and mix
  11. On the side mix together baking soda & vinegar
  12. Add baking soda and vinegar to batter while it’s mixing on low speed. Be sure to add baking soda and vinegar while it’s still bubbling
  13. Evenly divide cake batter into two 8-inch pans that have been greased and lined with parchment paper
  14. Bake cakes at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  15. Once cakes are done and cooling, add cocoa powder or room temperature melted butter to frosting & combine. You can also use Black Cocoa Powder
  16. Mix in Black Food Coloring gel until you’ve reach desired color.
  17. Carefully level cakes
  18. Fill with buttercream
  19. Crumb coat cakes & chill in the fridge for 10 minutes
  20. Pipe rosettes all around the cake until you reach the top
  21. Serve & enjoy!


This rich cake taste amazing but be careful with how much food coloring you put in since it can turn guests mouths black. I suggest using Black Cocoa Powder or airbrushing at the end with black dye to get desired color if you want to avoid turning guests mouth black. Red velvet cakes usually taste

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