Old Fashioned Red Velvet Cake

This is a unique red velvet cake recipe with a very different icing than the normal cream cheese icing. The icing is an old-time vanilla icing and the combination with the cake recipe is a favorite of mine, along with my family and others who have tried it.




Red Velvet Cake: ½ cup Shortening 1½ cups Sugar 2 Eggs 2 Tbsp. Cocoa 2 oz. Red Food Coloring 2 cups Plain Flour 1 Tsp. Salt 1 cup Buttermilk 1 Tbsp. Vanilla 1 Tbsp. Vinegar 1 Tsp. Soda Vanilla Frosting: 1 cup Milk ¼ cup Plain Flour 1 cup Sugar ½ cup Shortening ½ cup Butter (do not use margarine) 1 Tsp. Vanilla

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For the cake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. 1. Cream shortening with sugar. 2. Add eggs. 3. Combine cocoa and food coloring to make a paste - stir into creamed mixture. 4. Sift flour and salt together, and add alternately with buttermilk to creamed mixture, beating at medium speed. 5. Add Vanilla. 6. Combine Vinegar and Soda and while still foaming, add to the batter, stirring gently. 7. Pour into 2 greased 9 inch layer pans. 8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 35 minutes. For the Vanilla Frosting: 1. Cook milk and flour at medium heat until thick - stir constantly to keep from sticking. Cool completely. 2. Beat Sugar, Shortening and Butter until fluffy at high speed. 3. Add Flour, Milk and Vanilla. 4. Beat at high speed until fluffy. 5. Spread icing on the first layer of cake, then top with the second layer and ice cake completely.