Red Velvet Cake
100 mins (prep 40, cooking 60)
13 ingredients
12 servings
My DH grew up on this cake! Of course, his mom had a recipe from a hotel in New York that presumably someone paid $1k for back in the fifties! Now, I believe that's an urban legend, much like the similar urban legend surrounding the famous super model's cookies of the 80's -- and I can't even remember her name! Yet her cookies were sold in airports and in cookie boutiques across the nation for years (they may still be out there!). The urban legend is all about someone paying an exorbitant price for a recipe so the disgruntled payer shares the recipe with the world at large so that it eats into so-and-so's profits (i.e., by folks making the special recipe themselves and not buying it). I'm not buying the urban legend! So there! This recipe is not about cookies; it's about classic red velvet cake. This recipe is based on the one from the magazine Cook's Country, December/January 2007. I hope you enjoy this! BTW, my DH would really love a copy of the one his mother made -- please let me know if you've posted it or have it! :) NOTE: This recipe must be prepared with natural cocoa powder. Dutch-processed cocoa will not yield the proper color or rise.Once this cake is made, you may cover and refrigerate it until ready to serve, up to 3 days.

Categories:  holiday , northeastern-u.s. , seasonal , north-american , cakes , american , valentine's-day , <-4-hours , time-to-make , dessert ,
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Serving Size (151.89 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 507.91 Calories from Fat 266.49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29.61g 546.7%
Saturated Fat 18.59g 1115.61%
Trans Fat 1.13g %
Cholesterol 80.98mg 323.91%
Sodium 449.3mg 224.65%
Total Carbohydrate 52.91g 211.62%
Dietary Fiber 1.45 g 69.66%
Sugars 32.82 g %
Protein 9.78g 234.82%
Vitamin A 916.6IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 171.58mg% Iron 1.53mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
pinch salt, large eggs, natural, red food coloring, confectioners' sugar, pinch salt