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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Red Velvet

I posted where our good friend Coy brought a red velvet cake for our 4th of July ~Declaration of Attendance party. It was a work of art! I have had several requests for the recipe.
While he hasn't given me his secret family recipe (yet); I do have Dad's recipe from The Original WhistleStop Cafe Cookbook. This is the way red velvet was made at the cafe for years. We talked about how you have to add the vinegar at the very end... so now I am wondering if this is where he got his 'secret' recipe??

Red Velvet Cake
1/4 pound butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
2 Tbs cocoa
1 Tbs red food coloring -mixed with 1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 Tbs cider vinegar

With an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light. Add eggs one at a time and continue to beat. Add baking soda to buttermilk. Alternately add cocoa, food coloring mixture, flour mixture and buttermilk. When batter is well mixed, add vinegar. Pour into 2 lightly greased 9 inch cake pans and bake at 350° for about 25 minutes. Cool before icing.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 pound softened butter
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1 pound confectioners sugar
Cream together butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla and confectioners' sugar mixing well, frost cooled layers.

This red velvet cake had pecans in the icing... which I think made it PERFECT.
but then...I like nuts!
Y'all enjoy~


Lisa said...

This was my grandpa's favorite cake. My mom made him one a year after grandma passed. He was so happy. He sat there with a BIG red grin on his face with red teeth. Everytime I see this recipe I think of that evening.

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

That sure sounds like a good recipe I will have to try it!!

Back Through Time said...

Thank you for posting this recipe! I have always wanted to make one and never knew what recipe to use, now I know, I will use your dads!
Hope you are having a great summer!

joan said...

My sister made Paula Deen's red velvet cake for Father's Day and it was rich, I could only eat a small piece and I love cake. This looks good.

Jerry said...

That is it - I need to make some red velvet cupcakes! This looks wonderful, thanks for sharing.

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Thank you for this recipe! It is one of my favorite cakes.
I am going to make try this recipe this week.
Your site is so wonderful. I love all of the recipes.
xoxo Nita

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Lisa~ fun memories!
Diane & Michelle~ this recipe has been around for years.
Joan~ this cake is rich... a little dab'll do ya.
Jerry~ that sounds perfect!
Nita~ thanks for stopping in.

Donna Kay said...

Sandi - that is most gorgeous looking cake....I am not a big cake lover...but Red Velvet (with nuts in icing!!!) is my very favorite - thank you so much for sharing!!!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

that was delicious cake! I've never made a red velvet cake, but I sure like eating them.


Sugar Bear said...

Definitely one of my fav cakes!

Brad'll Do It said...

"but then...I like nuts!"

That phrase explains why you like Palma and me, Jerry and Paul, Gail and John....

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Donna Kay~ That cake was a masterpiece... yummy too.
Rhoda~ I'm going to post your coconut cake too.
Brad'll do it~ That was just for you :-)

Anonymous said...

Yum! That looks good. My grandma used to make red velvet cakes. My mom made one a few years ago, but it had oil in it...that was one dense cake! This recipe looks pretty good, though...especially with the pecans.

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