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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package fudge marble cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FROSTING:
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • 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 in 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 in vanilla. Add milk mixture; beat for 10 minutes or until fluffy. Spread frosting between layers and over the top and sides of cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 429 calories, 22g fat (11g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 536mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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