Expert Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Expert Red Velvet Cake Recipe


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Originally served at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, this cake has rapidly become a family favorite.

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Serving Size / Yield

1 cake


  • 2 1/2 C. self-rising flour
  • 1 1/2 C. white sugar
  • 1 C. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C. buttermilk
  • 2 oz. red food coloring
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 C. butter, softened
  • 4 C. confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C. chopped pecans

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 8 inch round pans. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, oil, and eggs. Add food coloring and vinegar to buttermilk.  Add baking soda to flour. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the sugar mixture. Mix well. Stir 1 teaspoon vanilla into batter. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until done. Remove from oven, and cool on wire racks. Mix together cream cheese, butter or margarine, confectioners' sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in nuts. Frost cooled cake with vanilla or cream cheese frosting of your choice.

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