Red Velvet Cake (of Urban Legend Fame)

Recipe by Julesong
READY IN: 40mins
YIELD: 1 cake




  • Begin making the cake: cream shortening, sugar, eggs, flavors.
  • Make a paste of cocoa and food coloring, add to first mixture.
  • Alternately add flour and buttermilk.
  • Mix soda and vinegar in small bowl; add to batter; blend.
  • Bake in 3-9" or 10" pans for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees; let cool completely
  • Make frosting: cook milk, flour, salt, until thick; stirring constantly; let cool.
  • Cream shortening and sugar very well; add flavors - combine with the first mixture; beat well.
  • Cover cake with frosting.
  • Tell legend while serving.
  • Reference: Brunvand, "The Vanishing Hitchhiker," NY: WW Norton, 1981, 154-160; more information coming in Brunvand,"The Brain Drain and other Timely Tales" Urbana: Univ of Ill Press, 1999.
  • The Adams products, of course, may be substituted if you do not live in Texas or nearby where they are sold.
  • Note from Julie: for St. Patrick's Day, substitute *green* food coloring and make Green Velvet Cake! Or during Halloween, mix red and yellow to make orange.