Old Fashioned Southern Red Velvet Cake

Recipe by Jessica K

My mom grew up with her grandma making this for special occasions. She finally found a recipe just like her grandmother's a few years ago on the internet and was sooo happy to have it back!!! This is from the Southern forum on about. This DOES not have cream cheese in the icing or coconut, if that's what your looking for keep on a looking.

Top Review by Raspberry Cordial

This was a nice cake. It's not overly sweet. I've made this type of frosting twice now and it just isn't my thing. It has a nice creamy consistency like whipped cream but I can still taste the flour. For the batter I used cake flour which may have influenced the results. Although the directions are a bit sketchy, I was able to put this cake together with no problems.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream shortening & sugar. Add eggs. Beat well. Sift flour, salt & cocoa together. Add alternately with buttermilk. Beat after each addition.
  2. Make paste of cocoa and food coloring; add to creamed mixture. Add salt, flour and vanilla alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Sprinkle soda over vinegar; pour vinegar over batter.
  3. Bake 30 minute at 350 degrees in 2 9" greased pans round cake pans.
  4. For frosting:.
  5. Combine milk and flour and cook until thick (like a white sauce) Stir constantly. Set aside to cool. Cream sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and cooled cream sauce. Beat until icing becomes stiff. Frost cooled cakes.
  6. Enjoy!

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