Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Grammie's Red Velvet Cake

Dear Mom,
Our birthday came and went with a flurry of activity!  I was spoiled by friends and neighbors and family!
I baked my annual "Grammie's Red Velvet Cake" which Grammie called her "Waldorf Cake" (lovingly spelled on her recipe card to me "Waldrof Cake (RED Cake)").
This is my last picture of Grammie and Grampie, taken on Mother's Day in 2007.  Grammie died unexpectedly in September, 2007.  Everything Grammie baked was heaven.  I am lucky to have gotten so many of her recipes.

So, without further ado, Grammie's Red Velvet Cake:

Waldrof Cake (RED Cake)

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup crisco (not oil)
2 eggs
2 oz. red food coloring
2 Tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1 tsp. soda
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream sugar and shortening.  Add eggs and beat.  Combine food coloring and cocoa and add to above mixture.  Alternate milk and flour to above mixture.  Mix well.  Last add soda to vinegar.  Add to cake mixture by just stirring in (do not beat).
Bake in 2 9" greased and floured pans or 1 13x9x2" pan at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes

Grammie didn't include a frosting recipe so I just whip up a cream cheese frosting.
This cake is absolutely divine when shared with friends and family; when you can eat your birthday cake amidst much love and laughter.  That is how Grammie did it her whole life.  I hope to follow in those footsteps.