Classic Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Classic Red Velvet Cake Recipe


  • 1/2 cup shortening 
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring 
  • 3 teaspoons white vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavoring 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour 
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 cup buttermilk 


  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened 
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened 
  • 5-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar 
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 



  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the food coloring, vinegar, butter flavoring and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. 
  2. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine frosting ingredients; beat until smooth and creamy. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake.