Original Recipe for Red Velvet Cake-1963

Dianne L. Killian

By
@dlk51

I got this recipe from Diane Small about 1963. I babysat for her children. I had the cake at her house and fell in love with it. I copied the recipe from a Nashville newspaper article on the recipe's origins from the Waldorff Astoria Hotel in NYC. I know the recipe is over 50 years old. It is a family favorite.
I am including the directions for the original icing.I could never get it right. My mother in law could and it is good. Most people prefer to use a cream cheese frosting. I'm sorry I don't have a picture to add. Enjoy!


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Serves:

12

Prep:

45 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1 cup
buttermilk
2 ozs.
red food coloring
2 1/4 cups
cake flour
1/2 cup
shortening
1 1/2 cups
sugar
3 Tbsp.
cocoa powder
2
eggs
3/4 tsp.
salt
1 tsp.
soda
1 tsp.
vanilla
1 Tbsp.
vinegar

MYSTERY ICING

3 Tbsp.
flour
1 cup
milk
1 cup
butter
1 cup
sugar
1 tsp.
vanilla

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Make a paste with cocoa and food coloring.
2
Cream shortening,sugar,and eggs.
3
Mix vanilla and buttermilk. Add alternately with flour to batter. Then add cocoa paste. Mix vinegar and soda and fold into batter. This makes three 8-inch layers.
4
For icing: Cook flour and milk until thick. Chill in refrigerator till cold. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla tillvery creamy. Do not underbeat. Add milk mixture and beat till fluffy. Spread on cake.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes