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Red Velvet Cake & Icing


This is one of my very favorite cakes. I started making this cake when I was in high school.

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  • Icing:
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1 T. vinegar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oz. red food coloring
  • 2 T. cocoa, level
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 5 T. flour
  • 1 1/2 sticks margarine
  • 1 c. powdered sugar



Step 1

For cake:
Cream together shortening, eggs and 1 1/2 c. sugar.

Mix well, red food coloring and cocoa and add to creamed mixture.

Into the buttermilk, add 1 t. soda and 1 t. vanilla.

Sift 2 c. flour. Alternate flour and buttermilk into first mixture, beating until smooth.

Put 1 T. vinegar in a cup and add 1 1/2 t. soda. Fold into mixture by hand.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes.

Mix 5 T. flour and 1 c. milk in a saucepan and cook until very thick, stirring often so as not to burn milk. Put in refrigerator to cool. Make sure this mixture is completely cool before continuing.

Cream together 1 1/2 stick margarine with 1 c. sugar. Add cooled flour mixture and beat until fluffy. Add 1 t. vanilla and mix well.

If icing is not thick enough to spread nicely, add powdered sugar, but not more than necessary.

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