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Makeover Red Velvet Cake

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 paper; coat paper with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until well blended. Add eggs, one 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.

Reviews

Average Rating:
  • BakerDeborah
    Jan 7, 2015

    I haven't tried this yet but I think I will try pureed beets instead of food coloring and applesauce. I'm a little scared of the amount of food coloring.

  • EnergySta5
    Jul 28, 2013

    I like the taste but not the texture. Overall, it is a good cake. Won 2nd place at my county fair!

  • pudgeman
    Jul 13, 2013

    My family and I love red velvet cake. I really liked this "made over" version. It is moist and delicious with less fat and calories.

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