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    1 hr

    15 mins

    45 mins

    Miss_Amy's Note:

    Originally adapted from 02/14/2007 NY Times. If you have an aversion to artificial food coloring, you can either omit it or substitute 1/4 c. beet juice and add an extra 2 Tbsp. flour. I had no food coloring, so substituted 1 c. red sugar sprinkles for 1 c. of the sugar with great success. Frost with a cream cheese icing of your choice; mine is 1 pkg. neufchatel cheese + 1/2 c. butter +4-5 c. powdered sugar + 1 tsp. vanilla and a little milk to achieve the desired consistency.

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    Serves: 12



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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350F; grease three 9” round cake pans with butter and line bottoms with parchment. (If you’ve only got 2 pans, that’s okay).
    2. 2
      Sift flour, cocoa and salt into a bowl.
    3. 3
      Cream butter and sugar in an electric mixer until fluffy. Add oil and beat until incorporated. Beat in eggs one at a time. With machine on low, add red food coloring or beet juice, if using, very slowly. (Take care, it may splash.) Add vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk or yogurt & milk in 2 batches. Scrape down bowl and beat just long enough to combine.
    4. 4
      Place baking soda in a small dish, stir in vinegar and add to batter with machine running. Beat just until batter is smooth.
    5. 5
      Divide batter among pans, place in oven and bake until a cake tester comes out clean, 40-45 minute if using three pans, 50 minute for two pans. Let cool in pans 20 min., then remove from pans, flip layers over and peel off parchment. Cool completely before frosting.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 09, 2012


      This was the perfect recipe as I needed a larger cake. The mix of ingredients was perfect and made a beautiful and delicious cake. Will use this recipe again.

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    • on November 10, 2009


      Have made this recipe a few times and I just love the cake texture. I have added chili pepper and cinnamon which jazzed up the red

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    • on March 25, 2013

      No stars for this recipe. My cupcakes were dry and the texture was weird. I only mixed the minimum and followed recipe to the T, still had a terrible texture. Not to mention that the color was off. Looked like crappy chocolate cake.

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    Nutritional Facts for Best Red Velvet Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (152 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 604.4
    Calories from Fat 330
    Total Fat 36.7 g
    Saturated Fat 12.5 g
    Cholesterol 90.7 mg
    Sodium 682.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 64.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
    Sugars 34.7 g
    Protein 7.0 g

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