Monday, December 21, 2015

Red Velvet Cake

Today, I'm sharing one of our family's holiday favorites. My mom's homemade Red Velvet Cake. Certain family members have been known to start requesting this cake in October, but Shirley holds out until at least Thanksgiving weekend. Sometimes we don't see it until Christmas Eve and the natives are beyond restless for it at that point. 

Y'all. This cake. It is SO good and to be made from scratch, it really doesn't take much effort, and you're likely to have all the ingredients in your pantry! 

My mom started making this cake years ago after a lady from the church we attended had made it. 25 years later, it's a staple for the holidays around here! What makes this cake a little different from the traditional red velvet cake is the glaze that goes on top. Yep, glaze. No cream cheese icing for our red velvet. It COVERS the cake and seeps in making it moist & DELICIOUS!

Here's what you'll need:

2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup oil
3 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 TBSP cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 full ounce red food coloring 
(Yes, it's an ENTIRE bottle of red...hope the kiddos aren't allergic to Red #40!)

Spray 13x9 baking dish with non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 350. 

Mix oil, food coloring, and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add flour, buttermilk, cocoa and baking soda. Mix well. 


Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes. Until toothpick comes out clean. 

For the glaze you'll need: 

1/4 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar

Let cake cool completely before you make your glaze. 

Cook flour and milk until thick. Remove from heat and let partially cool. Add oil and sugar to milk / flour mixture; beat until mixed well. 

Spread over entire cake. Run a knife along the edges of the pan to let the glaze go down the sides. 

That's it! Your perfect Christmas Cake!!

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