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Adams Best Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake

This is the recipe as it appeared on the 1962 Adams Best promotional materials.

Recipe makes one, three-layer, nine-inch cake.

Whatcha Need:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon "Adams Best" Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Adams Butter Flavor
  • two bottles Adams Red Color (1/2-ounce each)
  • 3 Tablespoons (level) cocoa
  • 2-1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar

Whatcha Do:

Cream shortening, ad sugar gradually and cream until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating vigorously after each addition. Add flavors. Make a paste of cocoa and food coloring and blend in. Sift dry ingredients together and add alternately with buttermilk. Add vinegar with last half of buttermilk. Add vinegar with last half of buttermilk. Beat only until smooth. Bake in 3 greased and floured 8 inch or 9 inch pans for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees, or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans and cool completely.

No-Cook Icing

  • 1 pound confectioners sugar (sifted)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 Tablespoon "Adams Best" Vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon Adams Butter Flavor
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 Tablespoons milk (approximately)

Sift confectioners sugar. Blend well about 1/2 the sugar with shortening, flavors and salt. Alternately add rest of sugar and enough milk to get a smooth spreading icing.