The Best Red Velvet Cake Recipe

I love red velvet cake any time of the year, but it’s always extra popular around Valentine’s Day.

This recipe is the perfect mix of buttermilk, vanilla and a touch of cocoa to make it oh so decadent! The red colouring and layers make it a beautiful masterpiece!

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Decadent Red Velvet Cake


1/2 cup Shortening

1 1/2 cup Sugar

2 Eggs

2 ounces Red food coloring

3 tablespoons Cocoa

2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1 teaspoon Baking soda

1 cup Buttermilk

1/2 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon Vinegar

1 teaspoon butter


3 tablespoons Flour

1 cup Butter (Not Margarine- you can tell the difference in the flavor).

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1 cup Milk

1 cup granulated sugar


Cream Shortening, sugar, sour cream and eggs. The sour cream really makes this cake super moist and so delicious!

Make a paste with coloring and cocoa and then add to mixture.

Combine the salt and flour with buttermilk and vanilla.

Add baking soda and vinegar to the mix but don’t beat- just blend it well.

Bake in two 9-inch pans (greased and floured) for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Layers may be split to make four.


Cook flour and milk on low heat until it becomes thick. Then let it cool. I put it in the freezer for this.

Cream the sugar, butter, and vanilla until it becomes light and fluffy fluffy. Add this to the flour and milk mix.

Beat until mixture is like whipped cream.

Spread it on layers carefully.

Sprinkle your cake with nuts or add cherries or powdered sugar if you want!

This is an award-winning recipe for the best red velvet cake! Make it this Valentine’s Day or for any special occasion:)

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