Old-Fashioned Red Velvet Cake

"Found this on the internet after obsessing over finding the perfect recipe for a traditional red velvet cake."
Old-Fashioned Red Velvet Cake created by SoCalCookerGal
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  • For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) cake pans.
  • In a medium bowl or on a piece of waxed paper, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter.
  • Beat in eggs one at a time.
  • Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk.
  • Beat in food coloring and vinegar, then add vanilla.
  • Spread the batter evenly in the pans.
  • Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Turn out onto a rack to cool.
  • Frosting: Blend cream cheese and butter together in a mixing bowl.
  • Add marshmallows and sugar and blend.
  • Fold in nuts.
  • Spread between layers and on top and sides of cooled cake.

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  1. Bunny P.
    This looks like a good recipe for a Red Velvet except for the red food color. I prefer to use freshly roasted beet juice for health reasons. I also pair it with the authentic frosting for Velvet Cakes, an Ermine Buttercream. An Ermine was, and is, used in the south for 2 reasons - 1. Of the 6 classic buttercreams - American, Ermine, French, German, Swiss, and Italian - it's the closest in texture to whipped cream & the most delish. 2. It's the most stable and holds up the best in the southern heat. When I have a client order a Red Velvet Cake for the first time I educate them on the authentic frosting, and once they try it they never go back to a Cream Cheese Frosting. I always wonder where this new craze came from, and make sure my baking students know how to make an Ermine Buttercream.
  2. hannahamil
    Made this cake for Christmas dinner based on the reviews and crossed my fingers. It was incredibly delicious!
  3. chances-dad_7680392
    Best red velvet recipe I have found! Have not seen marshmallow fluff listed before but will add it when I make the next one, as well as using more cocoa. The cake itself is outstanding!
  4. Tracyd1225
    So wonderful, and easy!
  5. buddy3229
    I made this as a birthday cake and it was Fantastic! Everyone loved it, it was moist and the frosting was light and perfect. Will be making this again for sure.



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