Red Velvet Cake Recipe

The BEST Red Velvet Cake recipe makes a signature red layer cake that is tender, moist and flavorful with perfect velvety texture!

An easy, classic cake recipe! Delicious with cream cheese frosting or traditional heritage frosting.

– Shortening – Sugar – Eggs – Red food coloring



Cream together the shortening and sugar. Then, add the eggs one at a time.

Mix together the cocoa powder and red food coloring in a small bowl.


Add the cocoa powder mixture to the shortening and sugar mixture and mix well. Sift together the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir together the vanilla extract and buttermilk in a measuring cup.



Alternately, mix flour mixture and buttermilk mixture into shortening/sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour.


Distribute the cake batter between the three prepared cake pans. Bake the cake layers for 25-30 minutes, until the cake layers are baked throughout.

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