Red Velvet Cake for Sissy

On Monday my older sister celebrated her birthday and I decided to bake her a red velvet cake (her favorite).  Here’s the recipe I used below.  I hope she enjoys it.


Original recipe makes 1 – 2 layer 9 inch cake Change Servings

1/2 cup shortening

1 teaspoon butter flavored extract

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 eggs

4 tablespoons red food coloring

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

1 teaspoon baking soda

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

1/2 cup butter

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 – 9 inch round pans.
  2. Cream shortening, butter flavoring, sugar, and eggs until light and fluffy. Make a paste with food coloring and cocoa and add to the shortening mixture.
  3. Mix buttermilk, salt, baking soda and vinegar; add to mixture. Slowly add flour to mixture.
  4. Put batter into 2 greased 9 inch round pans. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool completely, then frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.
  5. To Make Cream Cheese Frosting: Combine 1/2 cup butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until well blended.

Finished product

The cake came out great.  I cut off the tops of the cake so that it was more level and I was able to use it to make a trifle for my family for dessert last night.  It was yummy.  Give it a try.

Happy Baking.



Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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  1. says

    Looks delicious and so pretty. I have not made a cake from scratch in a very long time. Happy Belated Birthday to your sister. I hope she enjoyed.

    I will favorite this and try it one of these next weekends.

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