Melanie's Red Velvet Cake (Homemade, Not Boxed)

Melanie Campbell

By
@RossCampbell

If you don't want to try the "No Cook Frosting", you can always replace the frosting by making "Dutch Icing".

Dutch Icing
Mix – 5 tablespoons flour and 1 1/2 tsp salt in sauce pan. Add 1 cup milk. Cook over low heat stirring until very thick. Remove from heat and cool in refrigerator.
In mixing bowl mix: 1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup crisco, 4 tablespoons oleo, and 2 tsp. vanilla – beat until fluffy. Fold in cooked and chilled mixture and beat until creamy. Spread over cooled cake.


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Rating:

Serves:

8-16

Prep:

45 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

NOTES USE A SIMPLE SYRUP MIXTURE WITH A LITTLE ADDED REAL VANILLA TO SPREAD ON EACH LAYER BEFORE ADDING THE FROSTING. YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO MAKE TWO BATCHES OF THE FROSTING AS ONE JUST DIDN'T SEEM TO BE ENOUGH.

1 tsp
baking soda
1 c
buttermilk
1 Tbsp
vinegar
1/2 c
shortening
1 1/2 c
sugar
2
eggs
1 tsp
real vanilla extract
1 tsp
butter extract
1 oz
red color (food)
3 Tbsp
cocoa powder
2 1/2 c
sifted flour
1 tsp
salt

NO-COOK FROSTING

1 lb
(apr. 3.5-4 cups) confectioners sugar
1/2 c
shortening or butter
1 Tbsp
real vanilla extract
1/2 tsp
salt
5 Tbsp
milk
1/4 tsp
butter flavor extract (omit if using butter instead of shortening)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
For The Layers
Cream the shortening and sugar.
Add eggs one at a time and beat vigorously.
Add flavors to mixture.
In a separate bowl make a paste of cocoa and food coloring and blend into shortening mixture.
Sift together dry ingredients and add alternately with buttermilk to mixture.
Add vinegar to mixture with last part of buttermilk. Blend well.
Bake in 3 - 9" pans for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, run a knife around the inside edge of the pan to loosen the layer.
Place a plate or another wire rack on top of the layer pan and flip over.
Gently tap your pan and slowly remove the pan.
Let cake cool completely prior to frosting.
2
For The Frosting
Sift confectioners sugar.
Cream shortening, salt, and flavors.
Mix in 1/2 of the confectioners sugar.
Alternately add in the rest of the sugar and enough milk to get smooth spreading icing.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: English
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom