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Red Velvet Cake

April 28, 2016
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Now don’t judge, this Red Velvet Cake (well in this case cupcakes) recipe starts with a cake mix.  I must admit the first time I saw that, I was like – well wait a minute that feels like cheating.  But really, the cake mix just has the dry ingredients mixed for you.  This recipe has a lot of steps that are very similar to a fully from scratch Red Velvet Cake. My mother in law gave me this recipe (Hi Carolyn!).  And since first having this cake and having this recipe (almost 15 years), I have used or made no other Red Velvet Cake.  Ok now wait a minute, I do believe I tried using the red velvet cake mix – it isn’t the same as this way of doing things!

So Russell’s birthday is in April, and I always make him cupcakes to take to work – and I always bring some to my work too! Hey they are wanting to celebrate my fabulous husband too!  We also always set some aside for a few friends since their kids love the cake too! Easter and that Carvel ice cream cake has been something Russell has talked about over and over – so I also picked one of those up and we headed to some friends with the ice cream cake and cupcakes and candles.  So I don’t typically have Russell blow out candles on his birthday – but we did the whole shebang with our friends (Hi Kelli!)!

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

Now onto the recipe

Ingredients:

  • Duncan Heinz Fudge Marble Cake mix
  • 1.5 cups buttermilk*
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1 oz bottles red food coloring
  • 1 TBS vinegar
  • 1 TSP baking soda

Follow the instructions on the box for oven temperature and time to bake only!  Preheat the oven to whichever temperature your box says.  Mix the yellow part of the cake mix with the buttermilk and the eggs.

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

Did you know – if you don’t have buttermilk you can add 1 TBS of vinegar to 1 cup of milk – instant buttermilk! I still buy the real stuff, but if I am in a pinch I have done that too!

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Now I need to calibrate my KitchenAid, so I always have to stop and really scrape.  So make sure to do that so you don’t have a surprise when you dump into the pans.

Put the chocolate packet in a separate bowl and mix with the two bottles of red food coloring.

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

(I will admit right now, I sometimes just throw it all in the mixer and don’t use a separate bowl.  I have yet to notice a real difference!).  When mixed, add to the cake.  Mix it.

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

In another separate bowl, add vinegar and baking soda (it fizzes up) and stir together, then add to cake.

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

Mix it.

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When thoroughly mixed, pour into greased and floured cake pans.  (I have done cupcakes, sheet cakes or layer cakes – all are great)!

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Bake according to the directions on the box, I always go with the least time  – for example for cupcakes it says 18-21 minutes – I always take out at 18 minutes!

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(Here I will give you another tip.  This batter stains your hands, your counters everything.  If you drop some on the counter (we have Corian and you can literally see everywhere it has landed – wipe it up immediately.)

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

My copy of the recipe has lots of red mess!

Now let’s go over the frosting – which in my opinion is the BOMB.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 pound of butter (1 stick)
  • 6 TBS crisco
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 TBS flour (one at a time)
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cream the butter, crisco and sugar.  Then alternate adding some of the flour and some of the milk until all incorporated.  Add vanilla.  Beat on high for 12 minutes.  Now I typically 1.5 times the recipe – nobody wants skimpy frosting!!

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Once cooled – frost away!

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

red velvet cake www.fabulousindeed.com

Enjoy!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Kelli April 29, 2016 at 10:54 am

    These cupcakes are SO YUMMY! We were lucky enough to celebrate with the Gastley’s and enjoy them with the birthday boy!! 🙂

    • Reply fabulousindeed May 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      We were so glad to share them with ya’ll!!
      ~K

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