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.
  • 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 7 years ago
    Howdy!! Love this cake!
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  • Qweenbee 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 years ago
    Always a favorite! A holiday tradition.
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  • cocinera 12 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 12 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...
    you got me drooling all over the computer again,Vickie.........!!
    have a blessed weekend,sweetie{ i know you will !}

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ :=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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    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 12 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 12 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 12 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!
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    bakermel ate it and said...
    Yummmm! :) Sounds like a perfect dessert to me! Thanks, Vickie! :)
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