Southern Red Velvet Cake Recipe

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Southern Red Velvet Cake
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  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp butter flavored extract
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 oz red food coloring
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 tsp butter flavored extract


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 10 inch round pans.
  2. Cream 1/2 cup of shortening, 1 1/2 cups of white sugar, eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon of butter flavored extract in a large bowl. Make a paste of cocoa and food coloring in a small bowl and add to shortening mixture. Pour in 2 1/2 cups flour alternately with the buttermilk, mixing until just incorporated. Mix 1 teaspoon of salt, baking soda, and vinegar in a small bowl, and while fizzing fold into the batter; mixing just enough to evenly combine. Pour the batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. To make frosting: Cook 3 tablespoons of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and milk in a skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Let cool completely. Cream butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup shortening in a separate bowl. Stir in 2 teaspoons each of vanilla extract and butter flavored extract. Then add flour mixture to bowl and cream together. Frost cooled cake.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 5592.6 Kcal (23415 kJ)
Calories from fat 2863.99 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 318.22g 490%
Cholesterol 603.24mg 201%
Sodium 5482.3mg 228%
Potassium 1562.9mg 33%
Total Carbs 619.64g 207%
Sugars 349.44g 1398%
Dietary Fiber 11.85g 47%
Protein 63.98g 128%
Vitamin A 1.1mg 38%
Iron 5.6mg 31%
Calcium 774.1mg 77%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 345.66 Kcal (1447 kJ)
Calories from fat 177.01 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.67g 490%
Cholesterol 37.28mg 201%
Sodium 338.84mg 228%
Potassium 96.6mg 33%
Total Carbs 38.3g 207%
Sugars 21.6g 1398%
Dietary Fiber 0.73g 47%
Protein 3.95g 128%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 38%
Iron 0.3mg 31%
Calcium 47.8mg 77%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 137.6
  • 154

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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