Thursday, January 21, 2010

Marge's Red Velvet Cake

My friend Marge hails from Pennsylvania. She and her husband Arnie are great bakers and cooks. On New Year's Eve she made fabulous red velvet cake in assorted mini bundt pans. I've blogged about Red Velvet Cake before, but I must say this recipe has some interesting twists that made it moist and delicious. There are no photos. We ate the cakes.

This recipe is for "Red Cake" from Greensburg, PA.

1/2 cup shortening
3 tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups cake flour
1 tsp vinegar
red food color ("2 whiskey glasses full")
1 tsp vanilla

Mix cocoa with red food coloring to make a paste. Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs. Add the cocoa paste and beat well. Add flour and baking powder and stir in buttermilk a little at a time. Add salt and vanilla. Add baking soda and vinegar by hand; do not mix too much. Bake @ 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

1 cup milk
3 tbsp cake flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
1 tsp vanilla

Heat milk and flour, stirring to form a paste. Allow to cool. Mix sugar, shortening, and vanilla and stir into milk and flour paste until creamy. (Marge prefers just to dust the cake with powdered sugar, or serve the cake with ice cream instead of using this icing.)

Thanks, Marge!


~~louise~~ said...

"2 whiskey glasses full" That's hysterical. The cake sounds good though!!! I'm still searching for a "Red Cake" that doesn't use food coloring. If one exists???

Bobbi Mumm said...

Sounds delicious, and quite mysterious, because I'm not quite sure what size of whiskey glass we're talking here - shot glass or flat bottom whiskey tumbler. The latter would be really nice and red. Thanks for the recipe!

Janet Rudolph said...

I think I have one that uses beets. I'll post it soon.

Yes, isn't the whiskey glass thing funny. I hope she meant shot glasses.

comfycook said...

I think those whiskey glasses go to all of us. Almost, forgot about the cake which sounds really good.