Red Velvet Layer Cake

Red Velvet Cake
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Red Velvet Layer Cake
A classic red velvet cake recipe that Mama Peggy only made on rare occasions. A treat!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
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  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2¼ cups sugar
  • 3 med eggs
  • 3 1 oz bottles red food coloring
  • 3¼ cups plain flour
  • 2 heaping tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tbsp vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour cake pans.
  3. Cream sugar and shortening in large mixing bowl until fluffy.
  4. Continue to mix slowly and add eggs one at a time.
  5. Whip until mixture is light and fluffy.
  6. In small mixing bowl, make a paste of cocoa and food coloring.
  7. Add to creamed mixture, whipping again until light and fluffy.
  8. Sift flour and salt together.
  9. Mixing batter, slowly add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk and vanilla.
  10. Mix until smooth and fluffy!
  11. Continue mixing slowly and sprinkle soda on top of batter and fold in.
  12. Fold in vinegar, then whip batter until light and fluffy.
  13. Fill pans and bake 30 to 40 minutes until done.
  14. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.
For icing, see "Red Velvet Layer Cake Icing"
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 590 Fat: 33.8 g Saturated fat: 8.5 g Unsaturated fat: 16.4 g Carbohydrates: 65.1 g Sugar: 45.4 g Fiber: 1.2 g Protein: 5.7 g Cholesterol: 40.7 mg

For icing, see “Red Velvet Layer Cake Icing“.


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Sonya Gregory

This is the best Red Velvet Cake you will ever put in your mouth! I have eaten it many, many times when Peggy made it for homecoming at Second Baptist Church! This recipe is filled with much love, because Peggy put her whole heart and love in everything that she did! I Love You Peggy!

Sonya Gregory

Yum! This is my favorite cake of all time! Peggy made this all the time for our church gatherings at Second Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC. You will never taste a better cake than this one in your whole life!

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