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Classic Red Velvet Cake

Make this classic cake from scratch! Although the exact origins of red velvet cake remain a mystery, one thing is certain: its’ smooth texture and buttery-rich frosting make it an all-time favorite for any time of year.

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  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 12

Cake

2 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 1/2
cups sugar
2
tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
1
tablespoon baking powder
1
teaspoon salt
1 1/2
cups vegetable oil
1
cup buttermilk
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
bottle (1 oz) red food color
2
eggs

Frosting

1/2
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 1/2
cups milk
1 1/2
cups sugar
1 1/2
cups butter, softened
1
tablespoon vanilla

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms and sides of 3 (8- or 9-inch) round pans with shortening; lightly flour.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat all cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat 2 minutes on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pans.
  • 3 Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4 In medium saucepan, mix 1/2 cup flour and 1 1/2 cups milk with whisk until smooth. Cook over medium heat until mixture is very thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes. In large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups sugar and the butter with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour mixture by tablespoonfuls; beat on high speed until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Fill and frost cake, using 1 cup frosting between layers. Store covered in refrigerator.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

Red Velvet Cupcakes! Place a paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Heat oven and make cake batter as directed in recipe. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Frost.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
800
(
Calories from Fat
470),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
52g
52%
(Saturated Fat
20g,
20%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
100mg
100%;
Sodium
510mg
510%;
Total Carbohydrate
76g
76%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
52g
52%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 10 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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