I recently came across this recipe and haven't made it since my dad was alive. I have tried many other recipes and have never found the "it" factor that this recipe has. Treat it with love and mix it with memories.
Terry's Red Velvet Cake & Frosting
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 tbs. Cocoa
2 oz. red food coloring
1 tbs white vinegar
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cup SIFTED cake flour *not all purpose*
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tbs all purpose flour
1 cup milk (I use non-fat)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter (unsalted)
1 tsp vanilla
Cream shortening, sugar and eggs together. Make a paste with the cocoa and the food coloring, then add to the creamed mixture. Mix salt and vanilla with buttermilk, and alternate that mixture with the sifter cake flour. Mix the baking soda and vinegar in a seperate bowl and FOLD INTO THE MIXTURE... DO NOT BEAT!!! Bake in two 9inch round pans lined with parchment and sprayed with Pam spray. Bake at 350 deg. for 40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
You can make cupcakes too, just line with cupcake liners, bake at 350deg for 15-18 minutes.
Cook the flour and milk on the stove (medium high) until thickened, stirring constantly. Let cool completely (will for a gel like substance). Cream together the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla, then add the flour/milk mixture beating together. Consistency will be curdly looking, but when finished should appear like whipped cream.
Frost cooled cakes *or cupcakes* and enjoy :)