How to Make Red Velvet Cake Quesadillas

I love this whole take one thing and make it into something else trend: cronuts, crouton cones, ramen burgers, ice cream bread. It’s both playful and more importantly, tasty. So I thought I’d try my hand at a transformation of my own with one of my favorite desserts: cake. And here’s what I wound up with: Red Velvet Cake Quesadillas. It’s like a quesadilla with a "tortilla" made with cake mix and the filling replaced with frosting. Drool. I started with a traditional tortilla recipe, but mainly followed the directions more so than the ingredients.


 Red Velvet Cake Quesadillas


Red velvet cake-sedillas


  • One box Duncan Hines Decadent Red Velvet Cupcake Mix
  • 1/3c milk, lukewarm
  • 1t oil
  • 4t water
  • 4T butter, softened



  1. Empty cake mix into large bowl. (Keep the frosting mix for later).
  2. Whisk together oil and milk. And slowly incorporate milk into cake mix until you get a slightly sticky dough (you may not need all of the milk).
  3. Turn dough out onto a surface dusted with flour and knead vigorously for about 2 minutes, adding flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
  4. Return dough to bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and allow to rest for 10 -20 minutes.
  5. Divide dough into 8 balls of equal size, cover them, and let them rest again for about 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile make the frosting: Mix softened butter with electric mixer on high for 1 minute until light and fluffy. Add frosting mix to butter while mixing on low speed. Then add water while mixing. Mix on high for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  7. Dust a clean pastry board or working surface with flour.
  8. Using a flour dusted rolling pin, roll out each of the 8 pieces of dough from the center out until the tortilla measures a little less than 1/4 inch thick.
  9. Transfer the tortillas to a dry preheated griddle (350 degrees). When a tortilla begins to puff slightly, allow it to cook for 30 seconds, flip it, and cook briefly on the other side.
  10. Let the tortillas cool slightly then spread frosting on four of the tortillas and sandwich them together using the other four. Slice as you would a quesadilla and enjoy.

While my execution left much to be desired, these turned out surprisingly well. It’s a really fun and different way to eat cake. If you’ve got the time (and the tortilla rolling skills), you should definitely give it a go.