Tv Guide Red Velvet Cake

READY IN: 1hr 50mins




  • Preheat oven to 350°F Grease two 9" round pans.
  • In a large bowl, cream sugar with shortening.
  • Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.
  • Make a paste of the food colouring, coffee and cocoa, add to above mixture.
  • Mix in half the flour and salt, then stir in buttermilk.
  • Beat in the remaining flour.
  • Mix vinegar and baking soda to combine well (it will foam, if it doesn't, you need new baking soda!). Add to the batter and blend well.
  • Bake 30 minutes. Cool completely and refrigerate 2 hours before filling and frosting.
  • Beat cream cheese, shortening, vanilla and salt together until well blended.
  • Gradually sift and beat in the icing sugar until it's all incorporated.
  • Place one cake round on a serving plate and cover with a thick layer of freshly made (so it's soft) frosting.
  • Place the second cake round on top and coat with a thin layer of frosting (i.e. the "crumb coat"). Chill until firm.
  • Finish frosting the cake and decorate as desired.