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Grandma's Red Velvet Cake w/ Red Velvet Mocha Frosting


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  • Cake:
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons hot water OR coffee
  • 1-3/4 plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 pound confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup coffee
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla



Step 1

1. Cream shortening and sugar in bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
2. Combine cocal, food coloring and hot water in small bowl; mix until smooth.
3. Stir in the creamed mixture.
4. Sift flour with salt 3 times. Add to creamed mixture alternately with mixture of sour milk and baking soda; mixing well after each addition.
5. Stir in vanilla. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9 inch cake pans.
6. Bake at 350 degreed for 30 minutes or until cakes test done.
7. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
8. Spread with Red Velvet Mocha Frosting.

1. Cream butter until light. Sift in confectioner's sugar, beating constantly until fluffy.
2. Combine remaining ingredients in small bowl and mix well.
3. Add to creamed mixture; beat until of spreading consistency, adding additional coffee if necessary.


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