Posted 2/14/2011 9:43:39 PM
I may not be an absolute connoisseur of red velvet cake like Taunique, but this seemed to be a very acceptable substitute. The grocery stores were out of Red Velvet mix for Valentine's. I remembered this recipe and made the "classic" version with buttermilk. Used my own cream cheese frosting made with 1/4 c. butter, 2 c. powdered sugar, 4 oz. cream cheese, a little vanilla, and a drizzle of cream to make a smooth frosting. Added coarsely chopped pecans on top and thought the cake very moist and flavorful. Baked it the full 35 minutes in a 13 X 9 pan. I've made the real red velvet from scratch and this is a major time-saver.