Monday, June 27, 2011

Aunt Helen's Red Velvet Cake

This is a recipe for Red Velvet Cake that has been passed down in my family for generations.  I love to bake and I made this for my boss' birthday, so I thought I would share!  I made 25% more than the recipe calls for because I wanted to do the heart cakes for me & my husband.  The recipe I will share is good for one 3-layer cake.
*WARNING: I am a VERY messy baker!*
Let's start with what you need:

For the cake: 1/2 cup shortening
                     1 1/2 cup sugar
                     2 oz. red cake coloring (4 tablespoons)
                     2 eggs
                     1 tsp. baking soda
                     1 tbsp. cocoa powder
                     1 tsp. salt
                     1 cup buttermilk
                     2 1/4 cup cake flour (yes, this does make a is MUCH finer)
                     1 tsp. vanilla
                     1 tbsp. vinegar

STEP 1: Cream sugar, shortening and eggs
STEP 2: Make a paste out of food coloring & cocoa.  *Note:  Trying to make a paste out of these is like trying to make two of the same magnets stick together.  They just don't like each do the best you can! 

STEP 3: Add to mixture, along with salt, flour, buttermilk and vanilla. 
STEP 4:  If you don't have a heavy-duty mixed, beat by hand.  If you do, whisk away!
STEP 5: Add vinegar and baking soda, mix by hand.  *NOTE:  This is my FAVORITE part!*

STEP 6: Grease & Flour cake pans. *Really you can do this at any time*
STEP 7: Put in 350* oven for 30-35 minutes
When finished baking, take out and let cool in pans for about 5 minutes.  Flip onto a cooling rack on really any flat surface until completely cooled.
While the cakes are baking, you can start on the frosting.  You will need:
2 8oz. packages on cream cheese (room temperature)
4 tbsp. butter (room temperature)
1 cup whipping cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4-5 cups powered sugar

STEP 1:  Add all ingredients to your mixture except powered sugar.  Blend together.  *Please start on a slow speed or you will make a mess like I did!

 STEP 2: Slowly add powered sugar until it is just right, sweetness-wise, for you!
Note:  Yours will not make this much, I did extra because A: My boss said that he loves icing, and B: I was doing the extra cakes for my husband & me.

Finally, ice your cakes
And the final products:

I promise I won't fault you for drooling!

This recipe linked to: Tasty Tuesday! - Tasty Tuesdays - Made From Scratch Tuesday - Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - Totally Tasty Tuesday - Delectable Tuesday - These Chicks Cooked - Full Plate Thursday - Sweet Treats Thursday - It's A Keeper Thursday - Share a Spoon Thursday  The Ultimate Recipe Swap - Sweet Tooth Friday - Fat Camp Friday - Fun With Food Friday - I'm Lovin It



  1. I love red velvet cake! The little heart shaped ones are so cute.

  2. oh my red velvet cake one of my brothers favorites I love seeing old family recipes thanks for sharing

  3. I've never made red velvet cake but yours looks yummy. 5I wanted to invite you to come over and share your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a great day :)

  4. I love the hearts that you made! What a sweet idea with red velvet!!

    Thanks for Sharing with us!! I always welcome suggestions for themes. Feel free to drop me a line and let me know what you'd like to see!

  5. My favorite cake! My birthday is soon-I'll probably be making it then.

  6. Hi Katie,
    Your Red Velvet Cake looks delicious! We would really enjoy this cake. Thank you for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon. I am your newest follower. Have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  7. Hi! This looks so good! I am a new follower!I would love it if you stopped by blog, take a look around and if you like what you see, follow me back! Thanks!
    Have a great holiday!

  8. Oh my goodness. It's one in the morning, and I should be going to bed, but instead I'm looking at your delicious food and my stomach is grumbling - because, well, there's NOTHING better than cake - it's totally one of my favorite, favorite foods! I (surprisingly!) have all the ingredients for this, and will totally be making it in the morning!

  9. I would love it if you would join me in linking up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick