Red Velvet Cake Birthday Tradition

The most asked for birthday cake in our family is Red Velvet.  I believe most red velvet cake recipes use a cream cheese frosting, we make a frosting that is a little different.  You might want to try it.

Cake:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbl dark cocoa
2 Tbl red food coloring + water to = 1/4 cup
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
2 ½ cups sifted cake flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 Tbl white vinegar

Prepare two round cake pans. Preheat oven to 350°.  Cream butter and sugar well.  Add eggs and beat well.  Make a paste of cocoa and red food coloring, add to creamed mixture. Mix salt, vanilla and buttermilk together, add alternately with flour to the creamed mixture. Mix soda and vinegar and fold into the batter, do not beat .  Bake for 30 minutes or until center is done.  Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting:
5 Tbl flour
1 cup milk
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Cook flour and milk over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool thoroughly! This is the secret to this frosting working…you must let this mixture sit and completely come to room temperature.  Next step (only when milk/flour mixture  is completely cool, you get the point) cream sugar, butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat this well until light and fluffy. Add milk/flour mixture and beat until of a good spreading consistency. Cake must be completely cool before frosting.

* The cake pictured was made for my son’s 17th birthday, he is 6’2″ and still growing.  I wanted to make him a tall cake, this is a double batch of cake batter and double batch of frosting.

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