County Fair Red Velvet Cake

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by Barenakedchef

This is the recipe I took to compete in the Cleveland County Fair. I won second place!

Top Review by kenyona

this is the most amazing cake I've found...and I've been looking for a long time! Thank you so much for sharing this!! I've been looking for a duplicate box cake recipe and this is ten times better. So incredibly moist and delightful; I can't say enough about it. I think I need help with the frosting though because it didn't come out quite right for me. Doesn't matter though, I could eat the cake plain in one sitting.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream shortening with sugar; add eggs.
  2. Combine cocoa and food coloring to make a paste.
  3. Stir into creamed mixture.
  4. Sift four and salt together.
  5. Then with electric mixer at medium speed, add alternately with buttermilk to mixture.
  6. Blend well; add vanilla.
  7. Combine vinegar and soda and while still foaming, add to batter.
  8. Do not beat; instead stir gently.
  9. Bake in 2 greased and floured layer cake pans at 350° for 30-35 minutes.
  10. Icing: Cook flour and milk over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly.
  11. Cool.
  12. Add sugar, butter and vanilla.
  13. Beat at high speed until smooth and creamy.
  14. Spread on cooled cake.
  15. Icing will take a length of time to set; it resembles whip cream when cool.

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