Dee's No Fail Red Velvet Cake & frosting

Dorinda Willard


Yup, another red velvet recipe. This is my "go-to" and is always moist. I frost it with the fluffy frosting recipe that follows.

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25 Min
30 Min


1/2 c
vegetable shortening (crisco)
1 1/2 c
white sugar
2 large
2-1 oz bottle
red food color
2 Tbsp
cocoa, unsweetened
2 1/4 c
flour, all purpose
2 tsp
1 c
buttermilk *
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 Tbsp
vinegar (white)
1 tsp
baking soda


1 1/4 c
whole milk
3 Tbsp
1 c
1 c
vegetable shortening (crisco)
1 tsp

How to Make Dee's No Fail Red Velvet Cake & frosting


  • 1In a mixing bowl, cream together shortening and sugar.
  • 2Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
  • 3In a small bowl mix together food color and cocoa. Add to sugar-egg mixture. Beat well.
  • 4In a separate bowl, mix together flour and salt. And in a meas. cup add the vanilla to the buttermilk. Now alternately add dry ingred. and milk mixture to the sugar-egg mixture. Continue beating and then add the vinegar and soda.
  • 5When well blended, pour into 2-9" greased and floured cake pans.

    Bake for 30 minutes @350. Cool thoroughly before frosting. Looks great if you split the layers in two for a four layer cake.
  • 6* I keep a container of powdered buttermilk to use for various recipes. You can get it in the baking section of your grocery store. I just never use all the buttermilk in the carton, and I hate waste.
  • 7Fluffy Frosting:
    Whisk together cornstarch with 1/4 cup milk. Mix in the remaining 1 cup milk and cook over medium heat until thick. (stir constantly with a whisk and watch that it doesn't scorch). Pour into a pie plate and cover with plastic wrap, press down gently touching the surface all around. (this keeps it from forming a crust like you get with cooked puddings) Refrigerate until cold and thick like pudding.

    Cream sugar and shortening, add vanilla. Mix until very light. Add the chilled thickener a spoonful at a time and continue mixing until the consistency of whipped cream. Frost between layers and top. I don't usually frost the sides.

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About Dee's No Fail Red Velvet Cake & frosting

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American