Billie Neal Recipe

Waldorf Astoria Red Cake & Waldorf Icing

By Billie Neal WildExpectation


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Billie's Story

This recipe was my mother's. SUPPOSEDLY, this is the original of what would become known as the "Red Velvet Cake".
As the story was told, this recipe was created by the Waldorf Astoria's baking Chef for the opening of the Waldorf or very shortly thereafter. Now whether this is true history or not is not for me to say because I wasn't there. This story is a hand-me down.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I have enjoyed it throughout the years!

Ingredients

WALDORF ASTORIA RED CAKE
1/2 c
shortening
1 1/2 c
sugar
2 oz
red cake coloring
2 Tbsp
cocoa
2
eggs
1 c
buttermilk
2 1/4 c
sifted flour
1 tsp
salt
1 tsp
vanilla
1 Tbsp
vinegar
1 tsp
baking soda
WALDORF ICING
1 c
milk
3 Tbsp
flour
1 tsp
vanilla
2 stick
oleo = 1 cup
1 c
sugar

Directions Step-By-Step

1
"WALDORF ASTORIA RED CAKE"

Cream shortening, sugar and eggs.
2
Make a paste of cocoa and cake coloring and add to mixture.
3
Add vanilla and buttermilk alternately with flour and salt, beating after each addition.
4
Mix soda and vinegar and blend into mixture.
5
Bake 25 to 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
6
"WALDORF ICING"

Cook milk and flour until thick, let cool.
7
Cream well, butter and sugar, beat until butter turns white.
8
Add vanilla and cool mixture.
9
Beat till fluffy like whipped cream.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes


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15 Comments

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Marcia McCance mmccance
Feb 13, 2014
Hi Susan! Welcome! Billie is a great recipe poster and a good friend so I hope she does not mind that I am excited to read your post and welcome you aboard. You will find tons of great recipes here from the good old days. Hope you like this one!! And here is one from mine that you may recall: Caramel Icing 1964 Hugs!! Looking forward to seeing your posts!
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Susan Kelley Vikingsdatter
Feb 12, 2014
Wow!!! Looks like a great site...just registered.

I came to this site looking for this recipe with the Roux frosting. I can recall, in 2nd grade, painstakingly printing out this recipe as a Mother's Day gift. After that trauma, you'd think I would remember the whole thing, but I KNOW that this is the real deal, at least for the early '60's.

Then my Home Economics teacher in 7th grade (is there still such a class?!) told the tale of a woman asking the chef of the Waldorf-Astoria for the recipe. She was surprised when he agreed, but shocked when he added $200.00 to her dinner bill! She then decided to spread the recipe near and far. I lived in Westchester County, NY, and my teacher was from the City, so I guess you might call it urban legend...

Now I shall say thanks to Billie, and put what I need on my shopping list to make for Friday...Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
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Billie Neal WildExpectation
Jan 21, 2013
That's it!!!!
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Jan Bartholome 2HandsForHim
Jan 21, 2013
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." --Proverbs 17:22 :)
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Billie Neal WildExpectation
Jan 21, 2013
Oh!!! Thank you Jan!!! That is so considerate and sweet of you!!! You make my heart smile!!!!