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"Fishy" Red Velvet Cake

Based on an old-fashioned recipe, this unusual birthday cake will steal the show at your party. The vibrant red color is sure to make everyone's eyes open wide. The taste will bring them back for seconds. It's a "reel" fun dessert. -Elizabeth LeBlanc, Bourg, Louisiana
12-16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + cooling Bake: 15 min. + cooling


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring, optional
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter flavoring
  • Gummy fish and worms, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add
  • eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in
  • vanilla, butter flavoring and food coloring if desired. Combine

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"Fishy" Red Velvet Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • flour, cocoa and baking soda. Combine buttermilk and vinegar. Add
  • flour mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture to creamed
  • mixture. beating well after each addition.
  • Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at
  • 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing
  • to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, whisk together milk and flour in a saucepan. Cook, over
  • medium heat stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  • Cover and cool.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in vanilla and butter flavoring. Gradually add cooled milk mixture
  • and beat 4 minutes or until light and fluffy. Frost cooled cake.
  • Decorate with gummy fish and worms if desired. Yield: 12-16
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 524 calories, 30 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 107 mg cholesterol, 404 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.