Southern Buttermilk Red Velvet Cake

Recipe by SharleneW




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans.
  • Cream together butter and sugar with electric mixer until fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time and beat well after each.
  • Make a paste with the food coloring and cocoa.
  • (It takes a few minutes to get the chocolate to absorb liquid--be patient and keep stirring).
  • Add this paste to the butter/sugar mixture.
  • Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda.
  • Add it to the sugar/butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk, mixing well between additions.
  • (Begin and end with dry ingredients).
  • After last addition of flour mixture, stir in vanilla and vinegar.
  • Beat for another minute and then divide into 3 prepared pans.
  • Bake for about 35 minutes, or until done.
  • Cool for 10 minutes and then remove from pan to wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make icing: Mix flour and milk in small pan and cook over low heat until it is thick (stirring often--constantly near end).
  • This will take about 10 minute.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla.
  • Beat until it is very light and fluffy, about 10 minutes.
  • When the flour mixture is cooled, add it to the butter mixture and beat until just mixed.
  • Assemble the cake with a thin layer of icing between the layers and cover the top and sides of cake.