My DH grew up on this cake! Of course, his mom had a recipe from a hotel in New York that presumably someone paid $1k for back in the fifties! Now, I believe that's an urban legend, much like the similar urban legend surrounding the famous super model's cookies of the 80's -- and I can't even remember her name! Yet her cookies were sold in airports and in cookie boutiques across the nation for years (they may still be out there!). The urban legend is all about someone paying an exorbitant price for a recipe so the disgruntled payer shares the recipe with the world at large so that it eats into so-and-so's profits (i.e., by folks making the special recipe themselves and not buying it). I'm not buying the urban legend! So there! This recipe is not about cookies; it's about classic red velvet cake. This recipe is based on the one from the magazine Cook's Country, December/January 2007. I hope you enjoy this! BTW, my DH would really love a copy of the one his mother made -- please let me know if you've posted it or have it! :) NOTE: This recipe must be prepared with natural cocoa powder. Dutch-processed cocoa will not yield the proper color or rise.Once this cake is made, you may cover and refrigerate it until ready to serve, up to 3 days.