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Southern Red Velvet Cake

Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: 25 min Total Time: 45 mins
Servings 16
Calories 390 kcal
Best Season Summer
This is a delicious red velvet cake recipe that was taught to me by my grandmother. Made with a light and buttery frosting instead of the usual cream cheese. It's a little time consuming but totally worth the effort!
  • 1/2 cups shortening
  • 1 1/2 white sugar
  • 2
  • 1 vanilla extract
  • 1 butter flavored extract
  • 3 cocoa powder
  • 1/2 red food coloring
  • 2 1/2 all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 salt
  • 1 baking soda
  • 1 distilled white vinegar
  • 3 all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cups butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cups shortening
  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 10 inch round pans.
  2. Cream 1/2 cup of shortening, 1 1/2 cups of white sugar, eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon of butter flavored extract in a large bowl. Make a paste of cocoa and food coloring in a small bowl and add to shortening mixture. Pour in 2 1/2 cups flour alternately with the buttermilk, mixing until just incorporated. Mix 1 teaspoon of salt, baking soda, and vinegar in a small bowl, and while fizzing fold into the batter; mixing just enough to evenly combine. Pour the batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. To make frosting: Cook 3 tablespoons of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and milk in a skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Let cool completely. Cream butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup shortening in a separate bowl. Stir in 2 teaspoons each of vanilla extract and butter flavored extract. Then add flour mixture to bowl and cream together. Frost cooled cake.
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 16

Servings 16

Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 kcalkcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g31%
Total Carbohydrate 49g17%
Protein 4g8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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