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Red Velvet Cake

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“Don't be afraid of the deep red color-there is more than a hint of chocolate flavor in this fun and very tasty cake to serve anytime, but especially at Valentine's Day and Christmas. I have also made it into cupcakes for the kiddies to take to school and share. The frosting is buttery and not-too sweet. This is a traditional cake from Chicago to the deep south. Back East you will even find cake mixes for an easy version of "Red Velvet Cake". I tried several versions of this cake and favored this adaptation of Gale Gand's from her "Just a Bite" cookbook”
1 3 layer, 8-inch cake

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar with electric mixer until fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat well after each.
  5. Make a paste with the food coloring and cocoa.
  6. (It takes a few minutes to get the chocolate to absorb liquid--be patient and keep stirring).
  7. Add this paste to the butter/sugar mixture.
  8. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda.
  9. Add it to the sugar/butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk, mixing well between additions.
  10. (Begin and end with dry ingredients).
  11. After last addition of flour mixture, stir in vanilla and vinegar.
  12. Beat for another minute and then divide into 3 prepared pans.
  13. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until done.
  14. Cool for 10 minutes and then remove from pan to wire rack to cool completely.
  15. To make icing: Mix flour and milk in small pan and cook over low heat until it is thick (stirring often--constantly near end).
  16. This will take about 10 minute.
  17. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  18. Meanwhile, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla.
  19. Beat until it is very light and fluffy, about 10 minutes.
  20. When the flour mixture is cooled, add it to the butter mixture and beat until just mixed.
  21. Assemble the cake with a thin layer of icing between the layers and cover the top and sides of cake.

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