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Classic Red Velvet Cake

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Classic Red Velvet Cake
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 12
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Make this classic cake from scratch! Although the exact origins of red velvet cake remain a mystery, one thing is certain: its’ smooth texture and buttery-rich frosting make it an all-time favorite for any time of year.

Ingredients

Cake

2 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 1/2
cups sugar
2
tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
1
tablespoon baking powder
1
teaspoon salt
1 1/2
cups vegetable oil
1
cup buttermilk
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
bottle (1 oz) red food color
2
eggs

Frosting

1/2
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 1/2
cups milk
1 1/2
cups sugar
1 1/2
cups butter, softened
1
tablespoon vanilla

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms and sides of 3 (8- or 9-inch) round pans with shortening; lightly flour.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat all cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat 2 minutes on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pans.
  • 3 Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4 In medium saucepan, mix 1/2 cup flour and 1 1/2 cups milk with whisk until smooth. Cook over medium heat until mixture is very thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes. In large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups sugar and the butter with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour mixture by tablespoonfuls; beat on high speed until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Fill and frost cake, using 1 cup frosting between layers. Store covered in refrigerator.
Tips  

Red Velvet Cupcakes! Place a paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Heat oven and make cake batter as directed in recipe. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Frost.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
800
(
Calories from Fat
470
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
52g
80%
(
Saturated Fat
20g
98%
,
Trans Fat
1g
)
Cholesterol
100mg
33%
Sodium
510mg
21%
Potassium
115mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
76g
25%
(
Dietary Fiber
1g
5%
,
Sugars
52g
)
Protein
5g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 10 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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