Thursday, January 13, 2011

Waldorf Astoria Red Velvet Cake

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This recipe is from a family friend, Myrtle Sims, who makes the absolutely best Red Velvet Cake on the planet!

Cream together:

1 - 4-1/2 Tbs instant cocoa
3 oz Red food coloring
3/4 cup shortening
2 cups sugar

Add 3 eggs to the creamed mixture; mix well.

Add 3-1/2 cups flour to the mixture, a little at a time. Add 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1-1/2 tsp. vinegar, 1-1/2 cups buttermilk, and 1 Tbs vanilla; mix well.

Pour into 3 round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick in center comes out clean (approx. 25 minutes).

Frosting:

Cream together:
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 stick butter, softened
1 Tbs shortening

Add 4-1/2 Tbs flour (1 Tbs at a time), 3/4 cup milk (room temperature), dash of salt, and 1 tsp vanilla. Beat with mixer until stiff, like whipped cream. Use for layers and to frost outside of cake.

YES - - this cake IS a lot of work, but believe me, once you taste it, you will know that it was worth every minute!

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