Adams "Original" Red Velvet Cake | Adams Extract | Gonzales, TX

Adams "Original" Red Velvet Cake

A classic Betty Adams Recipe best served with classic white icing or cream cheese frosting.

Cake Batter

Prep Time/Cook Time:

15 minutes / 25 minutes


Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and beat vigorously. Add flavors to mixture. In a separate bowl make a paste of cocoa and food coloring and blend into shortening mixture. Sift together dry ingredients and add alternately with buttermilk to mixture. Add vinegar to mixture with last part of buttermilk. Blend well. Bake in 3-9" or 10" pans for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool completely. Cover with frosting.

Tip: substitute 1/2 cup unsalted butter for shortening and Adams Butter Flavor
Tip: Make your own buttermilk by mixing 1 Tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes.


  • 1 pound Confectioners Sugar (3.5 - 4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup shortening (or substitute butter)
  • 1 tablespoon ADAMS BEST VANILLA
  • 1/4 teaspoon ADAMS BUTTER FLAVOR (omit if using butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons milk
Sift confectioners sugar. Cream shortening, salt, Adams Best Vanilla and Adams Butter flavor until smooth.  Mix in 1/2 of the caonfectioners sugar.  Add in the rest of the sugar and the milk, one talblespoon at a time, alternating betewen the two until the icing is silky and smooth.