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Red Velvet Cake Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Jennifer Spitler
Added: Sunday, January 28, 2007

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. each baking soda, salt and vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 c. buttermilk
2 T. (1 oz. liquid red food color
2 tsp.white vinegar
2 1/2 c. cake flour (not self-rising)

Frosting:
3 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
2 1/4 c. confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
Directions:
Preheat oven 350. Coat two 9x2 in. or 8x2 in. cake pans with baking spray.

Batter: In a large bowl with mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla 2 minutes until creamy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until blended. Stir buttermilk, food color and vinegar in a 2 cup measure until well blended. With mixer on low speed, beat in flour in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk mixture in 2 additions, beating just until combined. Spread 3 cups batter in each prepared pan. Bake 31 to 33 minutes for 9 in. layers, 41 to 41 minutes for 8 in layers, until cakes pull away from sides of pans and a pick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack 5 minutes before removing from pans onto rack to cool completely.

Frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy. On low speed, add confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Increase speed to high; beat until smooth and fluffy. Place 1 layer on serving plate; spread with 2 cups frosting. Top with remaining layer; frost sides, then top with remaining frosting. Refrigerate until serving.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
I found this recipe in a cooking magazine in search of our favorite red velvet cupcakes from "The Little Red Hen" in New York City. We would take 3 subways and a taxi cab ride to get to the upper east side just to be able to sink our teeth in this delicious treat. "It's the journey," my brother would say.

 

 

 

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