Doodle's Favorite Cake

Other than the to die for Chocolate cake, this is my middle daughter's favorite cake. I use the Paula Deen recipe on Food Network every time and it is wonderful! And you MUST use the cream cheese frosting with this cake. It's a sin not to. Red Velvet Cake is a southern staple from what I understand. (I am a transplanted Yankee, remember.) The first time I made this, the kids went insane. So, make this to drive your family insane! The only thing I do differently than in this recipe is I don't do 3 layers. I only do 2. It still comes out wonderful.

For the Red Velvet Cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 (1-ounce) bottle red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 box confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped lightly toasted pecans
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) round layer cake pans

Sift flour, baking soda and coco together. Beat sugar and eggs together in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl mix together oil, vinegar, food coloring, and vanilla. Add to the bowl of eggs and sugar and beat until combined.

Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk to the wet mixture by alternating the buttermilk and dry ingredients. Always start with the flour and end with the flour.

Pour batter into pans. Tap them on the table to level out the batter and release air bubbles. Bake for 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted near the middle comes out clean but be careful not to over bake or you'll end up with a dry cake.

Let layers cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before turning out of pan. Cool completely before frosting

For the frosting:

 Let butter and cream cheese soften to room temperature. Cream well. Add sugar and beat until mixed but not so much that the frosting becomes "loose". Add vanilla and nuts. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cake.

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