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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Red Velvet Cake

I guess since I've made Red Velvet Truffles, I should share my recipe for Red Velvet Cake. I love this cake; it's probably my favorite cake, especially with the cream cheese frosting, and it's really easy to make. Mmmmm.

Red Velvet Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup buttermilk
2 Tbsp. red food coloring
1 Tbsp. white vinegar

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups confectioner's sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Butter & flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Beat the butter & sugar & vanilla in large bowl until creamy (at medium speed). Add eggs one at a time until just blended after each addition. Gradually add the dry ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk, food coloring, & vinegar. Pour half the batter in each pan. Bake for 23-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool cakes in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto racks. Cool completely before frosting.

Beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Graudally add sifted confectioner's sugar and beat until fluffy. Frost cakes as desired.

Recipe from Cakes! 1,001 Classic Recipes from Around the World

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