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Red Velvet Cake

Sylvia Woods
Family Soul Food Cookbook

Servings: 8



Red Velvet Cake is suppose to be baked for special occasions.  To me it is a red chocolate cake.  How about you?



For The Cake:
2 cups sifted cake flour
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cups sugar
cup unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 ounces red food coloring
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla

For The Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese
cup unsalted butter, softened
1 pound confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans

Cooking Method

For The Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 

  2. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) cake pans. 

In a medium bowl...

  1. sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt

  2. set aside.

In a large bowl...

  1. Cream together sugar and butter. 

  2. Beat in eggs one at a time. 

  3. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk. 

  4. Beat in food coloring and vinegar, then add vanilla. 

Spread the batter evenly in the pans. 

  1. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

  2. Turn out onto a rack to cool.

For The Frosting:

  1. In a large bowl, cream the cream cheese and butter. 

  2. Beat in confectioners' sugar until fluffy. 

  3. Beat in vanilla.  Stir in pecans. 

  4. Use frosting to fill and ice cake. 

  5. Slice and serve on individual plates.

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