Red Cake

2
Crystal ~

By
@crystal7

I don’t remember not having this cake at some type of family gathering, when I was a kid growing up, which was a long time ago. And now, I have been making this red cake recipe and icing for, well….forever!! It is still remains a favorite among family and friends.

Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆ 0 votes
Serves:
12-16
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
25 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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½ cup crisco
1½ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temeperture
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup buttermilk, room temperture
2 ounces of red food coloring
2½ cups cake flour
dash of salt
2 teaspoons cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vinegar
icing:
1 cup whole milk
4 tablespoons cake flour
1/2 cup crisco
1 stick unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

How to Make Red Cake

Step-by-Step

  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2Grease and flour two, 8 or 9 inch round layer cake pans, (or a 13x9x2 pan).
  • 3In a medium bowl, sift together the cake flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside.
  • 4In a mixing bowl, add the Crisco and sugar and beat for 2 minutes at medium speed.
  • 5Add in the eggs and vanilla; beat for 1 minute.
  • 6Add the dry ingredients alternating with the buttermilk to the shortening mixture. Mix for 1 minute.
  • 7With a spatula, stir in the red food coloring, 1 bottle at a time. (If you use the mixer, it will splatter everywhere. You’ll look like you’ve been shot ;)….so stir in gently). After you have stirred in the food coloring, mix on low speed for a ½ minute.
  • 8In a small cup or dish, mix the vinegar and baking soda together; it will foam a little. Pour this into the cake batter and mix for another half minute.
  • 9Divide the cake batter evenly into prepared pans.
  • 10Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • 11Remove cake from oven and cool in pans for 5 minutes. Turn cake out onto cake racks to cool completely.
  • 12RED CAKE ICING:
  • 13In a blender, mix the milk and cake flour until blended. (This trick prevents those little flour chunks and blends the milk and flour together nicely). Pour mixture into a small sauce pan.

    Or, if you don’t want to use a blender you can just whisk the cold milk and flour in a small saucepan until well combined. Either way will work.
  • 14Turn the stove to medium heat, and whisk the mixture CONSTANTLY until slightly thick. (It should look like the consistency of pudding). This can take approx. 5-8 minutes.
  • 15When mixture has become slightly thick, set aside to cool completely at room temperature. This takes an approximately an hour.

    Note: (If you continue on to make the icing before it is COMPLETELY cooled, or ice the cake while it is still warm, the icing will not be fluffy. It will be a thin icing that does not resemble white fluffy icing at all.
  • 16In a mixing bowl, cream the Crisco and butter until combined
  • 17Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat for about a 2 minutes
  • 18With a fork, skim off the top dried layer of the cooled milk mixture and discard.
  • 19Add the cooled milk mixture to the powdered sugar mixture in the mixing bowl and beat at high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes
  • 20Ice cake between the layers, sides and top.

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About Red Cake

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




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