Red Velvet…

You can’t celebrate Mother’s Day without dessert…especially with my mom in town!  So, as I tried to come up with a suitable option, I thought, why not make the same cake I made for Ryan’s Christmas party…after all, it went over well then….so well I emailed the recipe out to several friends/co-workers afterwards.  You’ll have to give it a try to see why.  🙂


Recipe by Chef Sara Moulton of the Food Network

  • Vegetable oil for the pans
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring (1 ounce)
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows
  • Crushed pecans, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly oil and flour 3 (9 by 1 1/2-inch round) cake pans.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In another large bowl, whisk together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla.

Using a standing mixer, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined and a smooth batter is formed.

Divide the cake batter evenly among the prepared cake pans.  Place the pans in the oven evenly spaced apart.  Bake, rotating the pans halfway through the cooking, until the cake pulls away from the side of the pans, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

Remove the cakes from the oven and run a knife around the edges to loosen them from the sides of the pans.  One at a time, invert the cakes onto a plate and then re-invert them onto a cooling rack, rounded-sides up. Let cool completely.

Frost the cake. Place 1 layer, rounded-side down, in the middle of a rotating cake stand.  Using a palette knife or offset spatula spread some of the cream cheese frosting over the top of the cake.  (Spread enough frosting to make a 1/4 to 1/2-inch layer.)  Carefully set another layer on top, rounded-side down, and repeat.  Top with the remaining layer and cover the entire cake with the remaining frosting.  Sprinkle the top with the pecans.


  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup), softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand-held electric mixer in a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, and butter on low speed until incorporated.  Increase the speed to high, and mix until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. (Occasionally turn the mixer off, and scrape the down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.)

Reduce the speed of the mixer to low. Add the vanilla, raise the speed to high and mix briefly until fluffy (scrape down the bowl occasionally).  Store in the refrigerator until somewhat stiff, before using.  May be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Yield: enough to frost a 3 layer (9-inch) cake

Mmmm mmm mmm!  Slice and Serve!

With only four of us to enjoy this delicious cake, there was plenty for Mom to take back to Wisconsin.  I hope it travelled well…especially with that extra long stop at Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque.  Ahh…I suppose it was worth it…that jackpot win of $1300!  Congrats Marshy!

Indulge.  In Life.  In Love.  In Food.

One thought on “Red Velvet…

  1. Let me tell you – the food was OUT OF THIS WORLD! Of COURSE, the steaks were delicious – as Ryan will tell you! The cake is to die for! And the chicken marsala – stuPendous! I thought I’d try it at home as well – and the recipe was wonderful and extremely easy to follow. I’m not sure it compared to Robin’s preparation since she made it with so much love for her mom, but it was delicious to say the least! Can’t wait to try the red velvet cake. Wait. Maybe I would let her think I’m not capable – then she’ll keep making it FOR me! Thank you, Sweetheart, you are the BEST!! Love you lots, Mom

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