We are celebrating Son #2's birthday and he will say his
birthday isn't over until he's sick from eating too much Red
Velvet Cake. Most of the family agrees. Here is the recipe and I
must say it is worth getting sick over.
Preheat oven to 350.
Cream together 1 1/2 C sugar and 1/2 C Crisco.
Add and mix well 2 eggs and 1 t vanilla. No matter how hard I
try I always drip and dribble the vanilla down the bottle.
Add and mix 2 T cocoa and 1 oz. - 1 bottle of red food coloring.
Mix slowly to begin because the cocoa will poof all over.
Isn't it lovely?
Add and mix alternately 2 1/2 C flour and 1 C buttermilk.
This is the fun science project part. Add 1 t soda to 1 T vinegar
and watch it fizz. Add it to the mix and stir in thoroughly.
Still a lovely sight.
Grease two 9 inch pans and then line the bottom with
parchment paper to help the cake release easier after baking. Set the pan on the paper and trace and cut.
I'm not sure what these strips are called but they are in the
baking section at stores like Michaels. You wet them, then wrap
them around your pans. Somehow, magically it makes the cakes rise level. You know how you always have a hump in the
middle of your cake? This makes the cake nice, level and easier
Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes - I think. I always go by sight
and testing. Remove the cake as soon as a toothpick comes out
clean. In fact, I remove the cake a touch sooner - I like moist
cakes. Do NOT over bake.
White Creamy Frosting
Cook on the stove 1 C milk and 3 T flour. Stir and cook until
thick and bubbles. It will look like wall paper glue - but tastes
much better when added to the rest of the ingredients. Let cool
Mix, mix, mix, mix and you get the idea - mix like crazy 1 C
softened butter, 1 C sugar and 1 t vanilla. Add the cooled
mixture to the beaten sugar mixture.
See how fluffy?
I throw it in my wonderful Kitchen Aid and walk away for
To make clean up easier when frosting cake, place wax paper
or parchment paper like this.
Slather a nice layer on the first cake.
Add the second layer, frost and carefully pull the paper out to Perhaps you will add this "eat until you're sick" tradition to your
family. Wear sweat pants or other pants with elastic waist to
make this process easier. Enjoy.