Ravishing Red Velvet Cake Recipe

  • Cake:
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavored extract
  • 4 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round pans.
  2. Beat shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated. Stir in butter flavoring. Make a paste with food coloring and cocoa and add to the shortening mixture.
  3. Mix buttermilk, salt, baking soda and vinegar; add to batter alternating with the flour mixture.
  4. Divide batter into prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven until cake springs back when touched lightly with a finger or tester comes out clean, 20 to 30 minutes. Cook completely on wire rack.
  5. To Make Cream Cheese Frosting: beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until well blended.