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Easy Red Velvet Cake

 Easy Red Velvet Cake
I've been making Red Velvet Cake for many years, trying slight changes in the recipe until coming up with one I consider "tried and proven." Conveniently, it starts with a cake mix and turns out beautifully every time. -Priscilla Weaver, Hagerstown, Maryland
12 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling


  • 1 package fudge marble cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract


  • In a large bowl, combine the contents of cake mix and baking soda.
  • Add the buttermilk, eggs, food coloring and vanilla; beat on low
  • speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into two
  • greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, whisk flour and milk in a small saucepan until smooth.
  • Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Cover and cool to room temperature.
  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat

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Easy Red Velvet Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • in vanilla. Add milk mixture; beat for 10 minutes or until fluffy.
  • Spread frosting between layers and over the top and sides of cake.
  • Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 429 calories, 22 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 80 mg cholesterol, 536 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.