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Happy Fourth of July The classic Red Velvet Cake recipe brings you the red and the while. The blue is up to you.
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This cake has even more going for it than its startling color. It's light textured and delicious, too. This recipe is from an article about the origin of red velvet cake and the fabled Neiman Marcus cookie hoax.
Combine the sifted flour and salt, and set aside.
Put the cocoa in a small glass bowl, and add the food coloring gradually, stirring until mixture is smooth. Set aside.
Cream together the shortening and sugar, beating for 4 or 5 minutes at medium speed in your electric mixer until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for at least 30 seconds after each addition.
At low speed of your mixer, add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture alternately with the buttermilk and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the cocoa/food coloring mixture, mixing until color of the batter is uniform. Do not overbeat; overbeaten cake batter will result in a tough cake. Turn off your mixer.
In a small bowl, mix the vinegar with the baking soda. It will foam up. Stir it briefly to mix, and then add it to the cake batter, folding it in to incorporate well, but do not beat.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans, and bake in a 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow layers to cool on a rack for 10 minutes before turning out. Let cake cool completely before frosting.
Red Velvet Cake Tips
Cream Cheese FrostingThis easy-to-make frosting is perfect for Red Velvet Cake, as well as being one the best, most versatile frostings you can make. It's endlessly variable: by adding cocoa powder a tablespoon at a time, it can be as chocolatey as you like, or a few drops of food coloring will create the tint you desire. But even in its "plain" state, it's an always reliable and delicious topping to any cake.
The serving dishes in our photograph are Fiesta dinnerware.
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