Red velvet cake always feels like a party, even if technically you’re not celebrating a thing. This easygoing Bundt cake has the advantage of looking special without layers or elaborate icing to worry about—a simple cream cheese frosting, applied with an equally simple touch, graces the top. Give it a final sprinkle of chopped toasted pecans (an optional touch) and you’re done.
For a more classic take, try our simple Red Velvet Cake recipe.
What to buy: Unlike water-based food colorings, gels like this one from AmeriColor lend intense hues to cakes without adding too much liquid to the batter.
Special equipment: You’ll need a 10- to 15-cup Bundt cake pan to make this recipe.