Red Velvet Pudding

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Homemade Red Velvet Pudding is a rich, Amish-inspired custard. It’s is perfect for Valentine’s Day, holidays, or any day you crave something special.

This recipe is sweet twist on a classic dessert! Our homemade Red Velvet Pudding is far from your standard boxed pudding mix. It offers a rich and smooth texture that’s ideal for any dessert lover looking for a new favorite. 

This homemade pudding recipe combines the comforting taste of Amish cornstarch pudding with the vibrant color and flavor of red velvet. If you love red velvet cookies, you’ll love this new red velvet favorite!

a closeup of red velvet pudding with whipped cream

What Readers are Saying:

Tina says, “This pudding not only looks amazing, it also tastes great. It was so simple to make. I put milk in a pan on low and by the time I got the other ingredients mixed and ready the milk was just the right temperature. It didn’t take any time at all to thicken.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Red Velvet Pudding Ingredients

This recipe is split into two parts. Fir you’ll make the basic homemade pudding mix. Then you’ll use that mix to make the pudding. 

Homemade Pudding Mix Ingredients: 

This basic pudding mix is made up of cornstarch, flour, sugar and salt. Simply whisk those 4 ingredients together. You won’t need all of this powdered mix for this recipe, but store it in an airtight container at room temperature for several months to make more in the future. Don’t want to much on hand? Halve the recipe.

overhead view of homemade pudding mix on a glass container with a wooden spoon

Pudding Ingredients:

ingredients for homemade pudding on a table
  • Whole milk. Use lower fat if you’d like but the whole milk makes the creamiest pudding.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Sugar.
  • Eggs.
  • Butter. The richness of the butter is necessary for the perfect balance of sweetness.
  • LorAnn red velvet bakery emulsion. This isn’t just food coloring, it’s the red velvet flavor and is what makes this recipe special. If you’re into red velvet desserts, this is an ingredient you need to keep on hand. It has just a hint of cocoa.
  • Vanilla extract. I used our homemade bourbon vanilla and it was amazing in this recipe.

✨ See the recipe card for the full list of ingredients. ✨

How to Make Red Velvet Pudding

Start by preparing the Basic Pudding Mix: Combine cornstarch, flour, sugar, and salt. Store in an airtight container. You’ll need ¾ cup for this recipe.

  • Heat the Milk: In a medium saucepan, warm 2 ½ cups of milk over low heat until steaming, not boiling.
  • Mix Ingredients: In another medium bowl, whisk the remaining milk, pudding mix, cocoa powder, sugar, and eggs.
  • Combine and Cook: Stir the cocoa mixture into the hot milk. Add butter and red velvet flavoring. Increase to medium heat, stirring to avoid burning.
  • Thicken the Pudding: Cook until the mixture thickens, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract; it will continue to thicken as it cools.
collage of how to make red velvet pudding

pro tip

The red velvet pudding as it sets may form a “film” on the top as it dries. Pressing plastic wrap over the top of the pudding prevents this film from forming.

Toppings for Red Velvet Pudding

Top off your homemade pudding with whipped cream, chocolate shavings or a sprinkle of powdered sugar for an extra special touch. 

Other ideas are to use the red velvet pudding as a topping for chocolate cake or to serve alongside bakery style cookies

red velvet homemade pudding with a spoon in a cup

Storage Instructions

Store your Red Velvet Pudding in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Enjoy it chilled straight from the fridge or gently warmed for a cozy treat.

Other dessert recipes with red velvet:

a small bowl of red velvet pudding with whipped cream and sprinkles
a small bowl of red velvet pudding with whipped cream and sprinkles

Red Velvet Pudding

5 from 5 votes
Homemade Red Velvet Pudding is a rich, Amish-inspired custard. It's is perfect for Valentine's Day, holidays, or any day you crave something special.
Servings 8 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

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Basic Pudding Mix:

Red Velvet Pudding:


  • For the Basic Pudding Mix, combine the corn starch, flour, sugar and salt. Mix well and store in an air tight container. Set aside.
  • Pour 2 ½ cups of milk in a medium saucepan. Turn the heat on the stove to low. Allow the milk to get steaming and hot, but not boiling.
  • While the milk is heating, take another bowl and mix together the other half cup of milk with the pudding mix, cocoa powder, sugar and eggs.
  • Once the milk is hot, add the cocoa mixture to the hot milk and stir. Then add in the butter and red velvet flavoring. Turn the heat up just a bit to medium or medium-low. Stir constantly because the mixture could easily burn.
  • Cook and stir until the pudding mixture starts to thicken, about 8 minutes, depending on the thickness you'd like. When the pudding is at a thick consistency, turn off the heat and remove the pan from the burner. Mix in the vanilla extract. It will thicken a bit more as it sits. Cool the pudding completely and store in the refrigerator.



  • Serve the pudding warm or cold.
  • Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
  • The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 8, with 1 serving being ⅛ of the pudding. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. **


Serving: 181g | Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 381mg | Potassium: 223mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 303IU | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 371
Keyword red velvet dessert, valentine’s day dessert

Basic Pudding Mix recipe taken from Amish Cooking.

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4 years ago

5 stars
This pudding not only Looks Amazing, it Tastes Great.
It was so simple to make. I put milk in a pan on low and by the time I got the other ingredients mixed and ready the milk was just the right temperature. It didn’t take any time at all to thicken.
I can’t wait for more pudding recipes, like vanilla, butterscotch, etc. what do you have in mind, Ladies?
I live in Egypt and I can only get instant here.(yuck!)

Jaime Denise Woodward
5 years ago

What am I supposed to do with the rest of the pudding mix?