Red Velvet Cake

Out of all my holiday season recipes, I seem to get the most compliments on my red velvet cupcakes. They look super festive and are ohhhh so good!


1/2 cup of shortening
1 and 1/2 cups of sugar
2 large eggs
2 one oz. bottles of red food coloring
1 tsp. of vanilla
2 and 1/2 cups of sifted cake flour
1/2 tsp. of salt
2 tsp. cocoa
1 cup of buttermilk
1 tbsp. of white vinegar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Beat shortening at medium speed until fluffy
Gradually add sugar, beating well.
Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until well blended after each addition.
Stir in food coloring and vanilla blending well.

Combine flour, salt, and cocoa in another bowl, set aside

Combine buttermilk, vinegar, and baking soda in a 3rd bowl, set aside

Add flour mixture to shortening mixture alternating with buttermilk mixture beginning and ending with flour mixture. 

Beat at a low speed until blended after each addition. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes

Pour batter into 3 greased cake pans or into cupcake cups

Will yield a three layer cake or about 2 dozen cupcakes

Cream Cheese Frosting

One 8 oz. package of cream cheese softened
1/2 cup of butter softened
One 16 oz. package of powdered sugar (I usually use a little less)
1 tsp. of vanilla

Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy
Gradually add powdered sugar beating at a low speed until blended
Add vanilla, beating until blended


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  1. These cupcakes are gorgeous - so pretty and festive!

  2. Your cupcakes are perfect!! Seriously I don't know how you get them all to be so pretty!! These sound super yummy too!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. You get such a bright red out of your red velvet cupcakes I can see how they would be a hit, super festive! I'm definitely adding this recipe to try!!

  4. I seriously love red velvet - probably my favorite ever! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  5. Yum, yum,yum, these are my favorite! SOOOO GREAT!

  6. stop it - those look delish. i'll be right over :)

  7. I've never made red velvet from scratch-- usually use on of those cake dr recipes but this looks awesome and so easy!!

  8. I had a friend in college who ALWAYS made red velvet cupcakes with green frosting EVERY YEAR!!! We are having a college Christmas party on Saturday and I am reeeeeally hoping they make an appearance :)

  9. Mmmmmm! I wish you could send one to me to eat right now! Haha!

  10. I love a good Red Velvet Recipe! It is my boyfriends favorite type of cake so, I make sure to keep the ingredients on hand haha!

  11. Mmmmm! Red velvet and cream cheese is one of my faves!

  12. So pretty and festive for the holidays! I like the cream cheese frosting the best.

  13. My Mom loves Red Velvet cupcakes. They do look so festive.

  14. You can never go wrong with red velvet!!

  15. I can't wait till I get my mixer! It's totally off my registry and I want to make those cupcakes! Red velvet is my favorite!