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Makeover Red Velvet Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Makes

16 servings

I’ve had this recipe for over 45 years and it has become our family’s favorite cake, but I would love to see it get a light makeover. —Betty Selchow, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Makeover Red Velvet Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • FROSTING:
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Line two 9-in. round baking pans with parchment; coat paper with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the applesauce, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla.
  2. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk. Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 14-18 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.
  3. For frosting, in a small saucepan, whisk flour and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Cool to room temperature. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in flour mixture and vanilla. Spread between layers and over top of cake.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 241 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 315mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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