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Red Velvet Cake

We have five birthdays in our family in September, and they all request this cake! The recipe comes from my husband's Aunt Edith and makes a cake that's pretty and delicious.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) red food coloring
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine food coloring and cocoa; add to creamed mixture. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Stir in vanilla and vinegar.
  • Pour into two waxed paper-lined 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • For frosting, whisk together milk and flour in a saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick (like paste), about 5 minutes. Cool. Place in a bowl with remaining ingredients. Beat at high speed until consistency of whipped cream. Frost one cake layer; top with second layer and frost entire cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 542 calories, 25g fat (11g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 362mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • debpenns
    Nov 27, 2015

    No comment left

  • Babeycake
    Jan 23, 2013

    to answer 808jen's question, YES you can use unsweetened cocoa powder in place of baking cocoa powder.

  • GaitherMom
    Oct 14, 2011

    Not bad, but my family thought it had a flour taste to it. Also, the cakes need to be cooled completely before frosting. The cake is completely gone, so it wasn't that bad, but I think I am going to try another recipe for Red velvet cake.

  • 808jen
    May 26, 2008

    When a recipe calls for baking cocoa powder, can I use unsweetened cocoa powder? Is it interchangeable in recipes? Thanks.