How to make it

  • For Cake:
  • Cream shortening, sugar and eggs.
  • Make a paste of food coloring and cocoa. Add to creamed mixture.
  • Add buttermilk alternating with flour and salt.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Add soda to vinegar (it foams!), and blend into cake batter.
  • Pour into 3 or 4 greased and floured 8" cake pans.
  • Bake at 350 F. for 24-30 minutes.
  • Frost with the following frosting.
  • ****
  • For Frosting:
  • Add milk to flour slowly, avoiding lumps.
  • Cook flour and milk until very thick, stirring constantly.
  • **COOL IT COMPLETELY!!
  • Cream sugar, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Add to cooked mixture.
  • Beat, high speed, until very fluffy. Looks and tastes like whipped cream.
  • Enjoy. =)

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  • jett2whit 1 year ago
    Howdy!! Love this cake!
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  • Qweenbee 3 years ago
    Who ever shared his recipie...Gimme some suga. I made this same cake years ago when I was too broke to buy cake pans and used cast iron skillets instead( Just so the kids could at least taste decadence). I lost the recipie and am so glad to see it again!!!! Thanks
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  • brokenwindshields 3 years ago
    I made this cake for a "red" themed party. Instead of liquid food coloring, I used 2 teaspoons of Wilton's "Christmas Red" gel paste plus enough water to make a paste with the cocoa. It turned out a rich gorgeous red! The best part of this recipe, in my opinion, is the icing. It is flavourful, sweet without being sickeningly sweet, and has a beautiful consistency for decorating. Bravo! I used puffy heart stickers and a red heart necklace to decorate the cake and it looked amazing. Thank you.
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  • talldrinkofwater 3 years ago
    i know i'm WAY late with the commenting but i'm irish and have heard tell of the famous "red velvet cake" so when i stumbled across this recipe last night i HAD to try it! The frosting alone is incredible!! definitely going in to my recipe book for the next birthday coming up!! yum yum yum
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  • jett2whit 4 years ago
    Always a favorite! A holiday tradition.
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  • cocinera 5 years ago
    i so rmember the story of this recipe and remember my mom going nuts after she lost it shell be so suprised thanx so much for posting it
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  • christina90604 5 years ago
    cake flour do u mean cake mix or flour??
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    July 3 is around the corner Vickie please bring this wonderful cake in person to my Birthday Party.
    I promise not to brag about my famous cooking friend.
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    " It was excellent "
    mumtazcatering ate it and said...
    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm........Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....:}
    you got me drooling all over the computer again,Vickie.........!!
    have a blessed weekend,sweetie{ i know you will !}

    Mumtaz
    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ :=D }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
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    " It was excellent "
    lor ate it and said...
    OH MY GOSH!!! You don't have to twist my arm. You're absolutely and positively correct - this cake would be perfect for our birthdays! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us! Do you really think I can wait until November? Well, the answer to that is a big NO. I'll bake it way in advance and celebrate everyone's birthday with it ;) This is a "5" "5" "5" all the way!
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    " It was excellent "
    lipsantos ate it and said...
    Yes, this is the original! I found a picture of this cake in one of my grandma’s magazines when I was a kid. I asked my mom to make it for me and it became my special request birthday cake every year after that. A couple years ago one of our friends, who was taking baking and pastry classes, said she would make a cake for my birthday party. I asked for the Red Velvet cake. She found the recipe and made it and it was wonderful. Because it’s my favorite, I added it to the Birthday Club group.
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    " It was excellent "
    hoosiermom68 ate it and said...
    Hi Vickie.Sounds delicious-but almost too pretty to eat!! Will add this to my faves.
    Thanks and have a good one!
    Carrie :)
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  • suestonebender 6 years ago
    This sounds decadent! I've never heard of putting flour in frosting before, and this has me really curious now. Can't wait to try this out.
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    " It was excellent "
    zena824 ate it and said...
    Absolutely love this cake......One of the best cakes around.....Thanks for the post...
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  • wynnebaer 6 years ago
    My all time favorite...:)
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    " It was excellent "
    divaliscious ate it and said...
    Wow, a frosting I never heard of...I feel so frosting-deprived and ashamed..thanks for the frosting posting, the education and for the recipe...I will definitely save this one!
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  • knoxcop 6 years ago
    Yeeesss!! The frosting on this cake is often referred to as "Mary Kay" frosting, and it's hard to find these days. When people place an order for a RV cake, I always make sure to ask them which icing they'd like---(because I prefer this frosting to the cream cheese) The recipe you have is similar to mine, I think there have been 100's of "variations" over the years, lol. I'm so glad to see this original version! Thanks!
    --Kn0x--
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    " It was excellent "
    bakermel ate it and said...
    Yummmm! :) Sounds like a perfect dessert to me! Thanks, Vickie! :)
    ~Melinda
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