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Quick Red Velvet Cake

Enjoy this yummy red colored cake layered with frosting--a delicious dessert treat.

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  • prep time 40 min
  • total time 2 hr 45 min
  • ingredients 12
  • servings 16
 

Ingredients

Cake

1
box chocolate cake mix
1
cup water
1/2
cup sour cream
1/4
cup vegetable oil
3
eggs
2
tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
1
bottle (1 oz) red food color

Frosting

1/2
cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2
cups milk
1 1/2
cups sugar
1 1/2
cups butter or margarine, softened
1
tablespoon vanilla

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans, or spray with baking spray with flour. In large bowl, beat cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter into pans.
  • 2 Bake 31 to 36 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, cook flour and milk over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is very thick. Cover surface with plastic wrap; cool to room temperature.
  • 4 In large bowl, beat sugar and butter with electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour mixture by tablespoonfuls, beating until smooth. Beat in vanilla.
  • 5 Place 1 cake layer, top side down, on serving plate; spread with 1 cup frosting. Top with second layer, top side up. Frost side and top of cake with frosting. Store in refrigerator.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans, or spray with baking spray with flour. In large bowl, beat cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter into pans.
  • 2 Bake 31 to 36 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, cook flour and milk over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is very thick. Cover surface with plastic wrap; cool to room temperature.
  • 4 In large bowl, beat sugar and butter with electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour mixture by tablespoonfuls, beating until smooth. Beat in vanilla.
  • 5 Place 1 cake layer, top side down, on serving plate; spread with 1 cup frosting. Top with second layer, top side up. Frost side and top of cake with frosting. Store in refrigerator.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Cake mix makes this favorite very easy, but everyone knows it's the frosting that makes this cake fabulous--and that's still made from scratch. Enjoy the cake with flavored coffees like amaretto or hazelnut.

SuperMoist® devil's food cake mix can also be used for a dark red velvet cake; omit cocoa.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
320
(
Calories from Fat
210),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
24g
24%
(Saturated Fat
13g,
13%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
90mg
90%;
Sodium
170mg
170%;
Total Carbohydrate
24g
24%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
21g
21%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.