Aunt Marilyn's Red Velvet Cake

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Carolyn Elliott

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@Carolyn4JESUS

I remember going to gatherings at the Ripley's and there would always be Aunt Marilyn's Red Velvet Cake. It always seemed to be the first to go and I'd never get a piece. Now, it's the first thing I put on my plate. I'm glad she shared it with me to put in our Family Reunion Cookbook.

Rating:
★★★★★ 3 votes
Comments:
Serves:
12
Prep:
25 Min
Cook:
35 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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RED VELVET CAKE INGREDIENTS

1/2 c
shortening
1 1/2 c
sugar
2
eggs
2 oz
red food coloring
2 Tbsp
cocoa powder
1 tsp
salt
2 1/4 c
cake flour
1 c
buttermilk
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 Tbsp
white vinegar
1 tsp
baking soda

RED VELVET CAKE ICING

3 Tbsp
all purpose flour
1 c
milk
1 lb
butter, room temperature
1 c
sugar
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 c
chopped walnuts

How to Make Aunt Marilyn's Red Velvet Cake

Step-by-Step

  • 1Preheat oven to 350°F

    Grease and line with wax paper 2-9" cake pans

    ICING BASE (thickener):
    Cook over medium heat, 3 T all-purpose flour and 1 cup milk, stirring constantly until thickened. Set aside. As it cools, stir frequently.
  • 2CAKE:
    Mix together:

    1/2 c shortening
    1 1/2 c sugar
    2 eggs
    1 t salt
    2 1/4 c cake flour
    1 c buttermilk
    1 t vanilla extract

    PASTE:
    2 oz red food coloring
    2 T cocoa powder
    Make paste of 2 and add to mixture
  • 3When all ingredients are mixed, add:
    1 T white vinegar mixed with 1 t baking soda and fold into cake. DO NOT BEAT.

    Divide into 2 cake pans and bake 30-35 minutes.
  • 4When cakes are cooled, slice through layers and ice between, making a 4-layer cake. Ice sides and top and press chopped walnuts into sides, only. Keep cake cool.
  • 5ICING:
    Cream together, 1 lb. butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1 t vanilla extract.

    Beat thickener into sugar/butter mixture and whip until lite and fluffy.
  • 6Aunt Marilyn's Personal Notes:

    1 cake recipe = 32 cupcakes
    A single icing recipe is sufficient

    For any red cakes I make, I increase the amount of icing by 1 1/2 times.

    NOTE: I have found that this icing recipe quantities is sufficient for a 4-layer cake. I don't know if what she wrote was the "increase 1 1/2 times" or the "single" icing recipe. ~Carolyn

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About Aunt Marilyn's Red Velvet Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom
Hashtags: #red, #icing, #fluffy, #velvet, #rec




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