Buttermilk Red Velvet Cake

    1 hour 15 minutes

    Red velvet cakes are an American style 2 layer cake that makes a beautiful alternative to a plain or chocolate cake.

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    Serves: 12 

    • Cake
    • 100g shortening, butter or margarine
    • 1 1/2 cups (300g) white sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 4 tablespoons red food colouring
    • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 cup (250ml) buttermilk
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
    • 2 1/2 cups (310g) sifted plain flour
    • Cream Cheese Icing
    • 125g butter
    • 225g cream cheese
    • 4 cups (480g) icing sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Cake: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour two 20cm round cake tins.
    2. Cream the shortening, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Make a paste with food colouring and cocoa and add to the shortening mixture.
    3. Mix buttermilk, salt, bicarb soda and vinegar, then add to mixture. Slowly add flour to mixture.
    4. Put the mixture into prepared round cake tins. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
    5. Cream Cheese Icing: Combine the butter, cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla. Mix until well blended.
    6. To Assemble: When the cakes are cool use the cream cheese icing to fill between the layers and cover the whole cake.

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