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The finished product of red velvet cake. Photo courtesy of Mr. TinDC.

~A dish to try on a holiday or a special/certain occasion~

 The day to celebrate all mother’s is coming up, Mother’s Day.  It’s a day to show appreciation and love to the mother’s who work hard everyday of their lives to keep her kids and family happy.   It’s time to give back and give her something special for Mother’s Day even if it’s small it still will be appreciated.  Try making her a treat that usually all moms love.  Try making red velvet cake.  It only takes about half an hour hands on activity and can be stored in an airtight container so it can be eaten the next day too.



½ cup shortening

1 ½ cups of white sugar

2 eggs

4 tablespoons red food coloring

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk

2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar


5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup milk

1 cup white sugar

1 cup butter, room temp.

1 tsp. vanilla extract



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease two 9-inch round pans.

2. Beat shortening and 1 ½ cups of white sugar until very light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well.

3. Make a paste of cocoa and red food coloring; add to creamed mixture. Mix salt, 1 tsp. vanilla and buttermilk together. Add the flour to the batter, alternating with the milk mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Mix soda and vinegar and gently fold into cake batter. Don’t beat or stir the batter after this point.

4. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven until a tester inserted into the cake comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool cakes completely on wire racks.

5. To make icing: Cook five tablespoons flour and milk over low heat till thick, stirring constantly. Let cool completely! While mixture is cooling, beat 1 cup sugar, butter and 1 tsp. vanilla until light and fluffy. Add cooled flour mixture and beat until frosting is a good spreading consistency. Frost cake layers when completely cool.

The finished product of red velvet cake. Photo courtesy of Mr. TinDC.
The finished product of red velvet cake. Photo courtesy of Mr. TinDC.
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