Adams "Original" Red Velvet Cake

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


Serves 12


Calories 237, Total Fat 9.8g, Saturated Fat 3.1g, Cholesterol 28mg, Sodium 330mg, Total Carbohydrate 34.4g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Total Sugars 17.8g, Protein 4g

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.

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