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Southern Red Velvet Cake

septiembre 2, 2022

A perfect and an amazing red velvet cake thay my grandmother gave me tons of years ago, I made this dessert. Made with light and buttery frosting instead of the usual cream cheese!

Preparation Time: 20 mins

Cook: 25 mins

Additional: 2 hrs

Servings: 16


  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavored extract
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ ounce red food coloring
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons butter flavored extract


Step 1.
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 10 inch round pans.

Step 2.
Cream 1/2 cup of shortening, 1 1/2 cups of white sugar, eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon of butter flavored extract in a large bowl. Make a paste of cocoa and food coloring in a small bowl and add to the shortening mixture. Pour in 2 1/2 cups of flour alternately with the buttermilk, mixing until just incorporated. Mix 1 teaspoon of salt, baking soda, and vinegar in a small bowl, and while fizzing, fold into the batter; mixing just enough to evenly combine. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Step 3.
Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Step 4.
To make frosting: Cook 3 tablespoons of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and milk in a skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Let cool completely. Cream butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup shortening in a separate bowl. Stir in 2 teaspoons each of vanilla extract and butter flavored extract. Then add flour mixture to bowl and cream together. Frost cooled cake.