Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Shortly following Christmas, I posted about my husband's famous Red Velvet Cakes. The response was so great that I decided to post the recipe. Maybe you will want to try it out for Valentine's Day. He claims you cannot substitute any item because it will not taste right nor turn out right. Follow the directions and enjoy!

Brian's Red Velvet Cake
1/2 cup shortening
1 & 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. cocoa
2 (1 oz.) bottles of red food coloring
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp salt
2 & 1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. vinegar

Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs. Well! Mix cocoa and food coloring. Add to creamed mixture. Sift flour three times. (yes, Brian sifts it 3 times) Alternately add flour and buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour. Add vanilla. Mix vinegar and soda. Add to creamed mixture. Bake at 350. Grease and flour pans (three 9 inch cake tins). Bake 25 minutes.

Red Cake Frosting
2 cubes of Imperial margarine (He insist on Imperial)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 heaping Tbsp. flour
1 cup milk

Cream Imperial margarine, sugar, and vanilla for 5 minutes with electric mixer. Mix milk and flour then cook over medium heat stirring constantly with a whisk until thickened. Set it aside until it is completely cool. After it is cool, add to creamed mixture. Mix well. (Like thick whipping cream) Set in fridge to chill for about 30 minutes. Mix again and then frost the cake. The secret to this frosting is enough patience to mix it long enough. Longer mixing makes better frosting.


  1. Oh, ya, now we are talking. I was going to ask you for the recipe because I wanted to make one for Valentine's day! I'll let you know how it turns out. :-)

  2. Please tell your husband thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I am copying it and saving it on my computer. I just might surprise my family and make this for Valentine's Day!

    Merci beaucoup a son mari!

  3. Thanks for posting this recipe! I can hardly wait to try it.

  4. Thanks Jana and Brian for sharing. Sounds delicious and oh so rich.

  5. Debbie, Carol, Ronda & Monica - Let's make a deal. Take pictures of your creation, post 'em, and let us know how it turns out.

  6. Jana, This sounds yummy. I just printed out the recipe. Tell Brian thank you.

  7. Wow...you gave out the secret frosting recipe. lol :)

  8. My hubby's birthday is next month so your timing is perfect. The only thing I'm concerned about is that many times it is the baker's special touch that makes all the difference. Think we could borrow Brian? Seriously, please tell him thank you for sharing his speciality with us.

  9. This is great! Thanks Bro.Allard. Thanks for posting Sis.Allard. I can't wait to try it out on everyone here. =)

  10. Everyone - you are most welcome. Take pictures then post and let us all know how it turned out.

    Anonymous - sounds like you are familiar with this cake. It is the frosting that is key to its success.

  11. Mmm Mmm Mmmmmm, Can't wait to give this a try. Thank You for sharing the recipe. Now I can make it myself. :D

  12. OK - Here's my proposal. Bro. Allard always accompanies you to Ladies Conference. And... since he has SO much time on his hands while he's there, And... because Ladies Conference is so very close to your home this year, And... because Ladies Conference is NOT the time to count calories. I propose a fund raiser for your church:

    Sell pieces of "Bishop Allard's Red Velvet Cake Extraordinaire". I'm sure there's still a table available, and I'll be the first in line.

    Ooooh - Oooooh - an even better idea:

    After selling individual slices during the conference (to get everybody hooked), you can auction off an entire cake on the last day. Just THINK of all the money that would be raised for Mothers Memorial!



  13. Hey Babe -- you gave away my secret recipe! Now it's no longer a secret--oh well everyone enjoy!!! No she really did ask me before she posted it! Happy Eating, everyone!

  14. Holly, Holly, Holly...........Brian will give an offering before he would even consider making red cakes for ladies conference. Regardless of the fact we would not have a kitchen to work in, he won't spend that much time on cakes. Just one cake takes up alot of time. Sorry, it is not even a possibility. I know you meant well. LOL LOL LOL See you soon!

  15. Jolene - you are most welcome! You ought to post some of your recipes and beautiful dishes. You are a fabulous cook!

  16. I just wanted to stop by and say what a wonderful little gentleman Blake is. When I was leaving the church this evening, I made the comment on the porch steps that I didn't want to go to my car because it was pouring down rain and Blake said, "I'll walk you to your car" and he did. He held his umbrella over my head and walked me to my car and waited until I got into my vehicle and shut my door for me. He stole my heart this evening. You have a real gentleman on your hands. Blake was more concerned about me not getting wet than he was for himself. Give him a hug for me please and let him know how much I appreciated that.


  17. Jolene - You are right. Blake is a sweetheart. He has a very tender heart and is so caring. If I barely cough, he will quickly say, "Are you okay mommy?" If he thinks I am sick, he will come and put his hands on me and start praying. Yes, he is my sweetheart. He is a charmer too. Somedays when I wake him for school, he will say, "Mom, why can't we just stay here and cuddle all day?" Going to have beat the girls away in a few more years!

  18. Happy Birthday Blake!

  19. Von de Leigh & Anonymous - thanks for your greeting to Blake. I will pass them on.