A rich, flavorful cake with a sweet, delectable frosting, Southern Red Velvet Cake is an absolute delight. A true gem of a dessert.
Southern Red Velvet Cake

Southern Red Velvet Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 to 10
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 Cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 2 ounces red food coloring
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetend cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Icing (recipe follows)
  • 2 Cups milk
  • 2/3 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 2 Cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  1. Cream shortening and sugar in mixer, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add eggs, buttermilk, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla; mix for about 3 minutes.
  3. Sift together flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda; add to mixture on low speed just until blended.
  4. Bake in 2 greased 10-inch round cake pans at 350 degrees F until pick inserted in center comes out mostly clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove; let cool.
  5. Split cooled cake layers; fill and frost with icing.
  1. Whisk milk and flour in saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until very thick. Let cool; strain out lumps.
  2. Beat sugar, butter, vanilla and salt for 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add flour mixture and continue beating until no sugar crystals remain.

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