March 15, 2018

Mini Red Velvet Cake

Super easy, Gluten-free and decadent cake that can be put together in a jiffy and needs no cake mixers. Instant Pot-friendly version! Using oil instead of butter keeps the cake moist even after refrigerating up to 2 days. This recipe is perfect for 2! I made this cake for Valentine’s day and my hubby loved it!

I baked 2 batches of this cake with different color tones for the double layers. You can play with the base recipe to create your mini masterpiece.☺



Cuisine- American

Yield- 3

Cooking Time-25 mins

  1. King Arthur Gluten-free All purpose Flour-8 tbsp.
  2. Unsweetened Cocoa powder-1 tbsp.
  3. Sugar-8tbsp
  4. Red food color gel-1 tbsp
  5. Milk- 5 tbsp.
  6. Eggs-1
  7. Vegetable oil- 5 tbsp.
  8. Baking powder- 2 tsp
  9. Vanilla- 1 1/2 tsp
  10. Salt-1/4 tsp
  11. Hot water- 1 tbsp.


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/ if using Instant Pot pour 1 cup water into the inner pot and place the trivet for holding the baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, beat in the egg, oil, vanilla extract and milk with a hand whisk.
  • Add the red color to the liquid mixture and make sure you get bright red color.
  • Sift in the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt into red liquid mixture and fold in gently using a whisk.
  • Now add the hot water to the batter and gently mix in.
  • Pour the batter into a greased and lined small heart shaped cake tin(or any shape of your choice)
  • Add 2 cups water into the IP inner pot and place the trivet. Now using a foil sling, carefully place the cake tin(foil covered) onto the trivet and fold the foil sling so that it is not in contact with the IP lid.
  • Pressure cook for 25 mins(high pressure) / if using the oven, bake for 25 mins.
  • Once done, use Quick Release to open the Instant Pot lid and check if a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake on a cooling rack. Once cooled, brush some sugar syrup(optional)and frost with whipped cream(low fat frosting) or traditional cream cheese frosting.
  • Finely crumble the cake pieces left from leveling the top of the cake. Use this for decoration!IMG_20180215_093251_795


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About Jia Ann

Passionate about cooking. Love experimenting with recipes in my kitchen...learning in progress! My interest in cooking is greatly influenced by my Mom and my foodie hubby.


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