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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Red Velvet Cake

I'm not a huge fan of Red Velvet Cake but I needed to make one for a friend so I started hunting down recipes.  This recipe is good and easy to make.  I just made my regular vanilla frosting instead of a cream cheese one and it worked very well.  Everyone seemed to enjoy it so I'm guessing it's a winner recipe...for those of you who like Red Velvet cake.
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons cocoa
4 tablespoons red food coloring
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1 pound powdered sugar
1 stick butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 - 1/2 cup cream or whole milk
Beat butter and sugar until very light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time and beat well.
Make a paste of the cocoa and red food coloring and then add to the creamed mixture.  Mix the salt, vanilla, and buttermilk together.  Add the flour to the batter, alternating with the milk mixture, mixing just until incorporated.  Mix the baking soda and vinegar and gently fold into the cake batter.  Don't beat or stir the batter after this point.
Pour batter into two 9-inch round greased pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Keep an eye on the cake around 25 minutes because you don't want to over cook this cake.  It can turn out very dry if you do.  Cool cakes completely on a wire rack.

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