This makes a fantastic Valentine’s Day cake or cupcakes. The flavor is chocolate, but all the red food coloring turns it red. The white icing looks beautiful with it & you can sprinkle chopped nuts, chocolate jimmies, or red sugar on top to decorate. Fresh strawberries cut in slices or in halves also look wonderful on this cake. You can add other fresh fruit to the top if you like for other occasions. See the photos with the linked recipe for several ideas.
You can make this in a heart shaped pan or make your own. Just use a square pan and a circle pan. After baking and cooling, cut the circle pan in half & put each half on one side of the square. Frost it all & it’s a perfect heart! To make heart-shaped cupcakes click on that label below this post.
This cake/cupcakes are great for Christmas and Fourth of July as well. It’s such a wonderful cake that people would love to have it anytime as a gift or birthday cake. You could even sell these as a side business.
While some people use a cream cheese frosting with red velvet cake, the original (as in this recipe) is the best IMHO. It’s the one my mom used all the time & it part of the richness of the experience. Yes, it is an experience to eat this cake with this icing! lol Perfect for Valentine’s Day, with a little white wine perhaps?
From the reviewers:
“The vinegar is un-necessary, especially when the recipe contains buttermilk.”
“I made this cake with the changes other reviewers recommended, and it was fantastic! I used one cup of oil instead of the shortening, two cups of sugar instead of 1 1/2 cups, and an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder. Also, I only used 1 ounce of food color because that’s all I had and it gave it a nice red color. I think 2 ounces would be overkill. I did make the mistake, though, of sifting the cocoa powder together with the flour, and the food dye with the buttermilk, thinking it made more sense to do it that way, but I ended up with some brown swirls. The second time I made this, I did everything except I made the cocoa powder and food color into a paste like you’re supposed to and the color turned out an even red color. Also, the second time I made it into cupcakes and baked them at 325 degrees for about 25 min. The frosting is to die for!”
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