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This is the best Red Velvet Cake I have ever made!

Last post Apr 04, 2004 3:41 AM by Julita . 39 replies.


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    Rachel's Red Velvet Cake

    (Featured on Martha Stewart)

    Makes one 9-inch layer cake
    This recipe is brought to us by Rachel Cheatwood, who makes up to fifty red velvet cakes a year, most between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    2 1/2 cups White Lily self-rising flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
    2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    1 teaspoon white vinegar
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1 cup whole buttermilk
    2 1/2 tablespoons red food coloring
    Cream Cheese Frosting
    Vegetable-oil cooking spray

    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray three 9-by-2-inch round cake pans with cooking spray, and line with wax paper. Set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together flour and baking soda. Set aside.

    2. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, vinegar, and vanilla. With an electric mixer, beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix on low speed just until flour has been incorporated. Slowly add buttermilk. Add food coloring, and beat to combine.

    3. Divide batter among pans; each pan will be about half full. Tap pans on counter to remove bubbles. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Remove the pans to a rack to cool for 5 minutes. Invert pans onto wire racks sprayed with vegetable oil to cool cake completely, or quick-chill in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.

    4. To assemble, place one layer, top side down, on a cake stand. Using an offset spatula, spread with 1/4 inch of frosting. Repeat with remaining layers. To frost the top and sides of the cake, work from the center toward and over the edge, making sure to evenly coat. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
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    Rachel's Cream Cheese Frosting

    Makes 6 cups
    This frosting tops the red velvet cake made by Rachel Cheatwood, who makes as many as fifty of the cakes a year, most between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
    1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine, room temperature
    1 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted
    1 cup finely chopped pecans
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    1. Place cream cheese and margarine in a medium bowl. With a handheld electric mixer, beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add sugar, pecans, and vanilla. Beat, on low speed to combine. If too soft, chill until slightly stiff, about 10 minutes, before using
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  • RE: This is the best Red Velvet Cake I have ever made!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I had a neighbor that made Red Velvet Cakes when I was a kid. They were wonderful. I'm printing it off as I type this. Thanks again. Carol
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  • RE: This is the best Red Velvet Cake I have ever made!
    You are very welcome! I have tried many many recipes and after seeing this on Martha Stewart, I tried this. Its very easy and so good. I omit the pecans i the frosting bc dh is not a fan of pecans but you can make it either way!
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    Thanks for posting this Maddymoo. My family loves Red Velvet cakes during the holiday and I will certainly try this one. I have a Red Velvet Pound cake that I usually make
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    Hi Maddy,

    I don't have 3 9-inch cake pans. Do you think this cake could be made in a tube or bundt pan? I've made the Red Velvet Cake from the CMD book but I'd like to try a scratch cake to compare. Thanks.

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    Maddy

    I'm so glad to see this. My MIL makes a red velvet cake (when the girls beg) and has the green icing...she won't give me the recipe.

    Thank you. Now I can fix it and won't have to hear how long it takes *grin*

    ~~Lindachicken
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    Maddymoo........I made your Red Velvet Cake today...then realized too late that there was no cocoa in it....is this correct or did the cocoa accidently get omitted??
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    Carol

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    I posted this the other day. It's great isn't it?
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    Tesas Heart

    I looked and as far as I can tell this is the recipe from MS and it's correct. Maddy, what do you think?

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    Thanks for this post, this is my best friends favoriate cake and now I can make it for our Christmas dinner.

    Merry Christmas

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