Thursday, November 10, 2011

A blast from the past---this recipe made the newspaper

Side note:  TERRIFIC idea for decorating Thanksgiving tables

Tucked away in my recipe binder is this clipping from the San Jose Mercury Newspaper, July 29, 1987.

In the Reader's Exchange, someone had written in to request if any readers could submit her husband's favorite childhood dessert, red velvet cake.  The paper said they received dozens of replies and several versions, but MINE was printed.  How cool is that!? 

Here is what I wrote when I sent my recipe in:  "I couldn't resist looking through my old cookbooks for this...I am originally from Indiana and this was also MY favorite cake.  My mother made it frequently for birthdays, even changed the color for St. Patrick's Day (as this is my younger sister's b-day).  I sure hope it brings back wonderful memories for Cynthia's husband."

Without further adieu, here is my mother's recipe:

Red Velvet Cake

1 1/2 C sugar
1/2 C shortening
2 eggs
3 Tbsp. red food coloring
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. cocoa
2 C flour
1 C buttermilk
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1 tsp. baking soda

Cream sugar and shortening.  Add eggs and beat in food coloring, vanilla and salt.  Sift cocoa and flour.  Alternately, add flour mixture and buttermilk, starting and ending with flour.  Mix vinegar and soda and fold into the batter.  Bake in two greased, floured layer pans 30 minutes in 350-degree oven.  Cool; spread frosting of your choice between layers and over entire cake.  Refrigerate.


  1. I absolutely LOVE red velvet cupcakes but I always take the shortcut and use the Duncan Hines Moist box version of the cake and make the frosting from scratch. I live in LA and at one point went to at least 10 of the top bakeries looking for the best red velvet cupcake and everyone who tasted mine and one of the ones from the "fancy cupcake bakeries" always preferred mine. Yours looks REALLY good though so maybe I'll have to ditch the box version next time and try your recipe out :).

  2. velvet cupcakes DO sound good! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment and please let me know if you do make this recipe and how you liked it. I don't know if it will stand up against the best of the best, but I DO know I loved this as a child and to this day, red velvet cake reminds me of how much I looked forward to my birthday and this cake!