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Red Velvet Cake

User Rating 3 Star Rating (9 Reviews)


Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Photo: Diana Rattray
This delicious red velvet cake was shared on our forum. Use a cream cheese frosting or your favorite vanilla frosting on this great-tasting, popular cake. Bake it in 2 or 3 layers.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 1/2 oz red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 tablespoons vinegar


Cream shortening; beat in sugar gradually. Add eggs, one at a time; beat well after each addition. Make paste of cocoa and food coloring; add to creamed mixture. Add salt, flour and vanilla alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Sprinkle soda over vinegar; pour vinegar over batter. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Bake in 3 8-inch pans or 2 9-inch pans for 30 minutes at 350°.

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User Reviews

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 4 out of 5
response to sarenek, SilviaLB, and Ms_Peters, Member kimc9

If the cake did not rise, when using the vinegar and soda technique, it is possibly due to over mixing and 'using' up the reaction. Also make sure that the soda is fresh. Old soda may not react as well. I was taught to hand mix all cakes that do not use baking powder. Also, it is important to mix the vinegar and soda over the cake batter (I do this very close to the batter). As the reaction takes place, the mixture can flow/overflow onto the batter. A shallow, glass container works best because you can see when all the baking soda is gone. (Not allowing a complete reaction will result in a flat cake.) Then gently fold the soda mixture with the rest of the batter. PS - Please do not separate the eggs and whip the whites. Thank you

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