Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Red Velvet Cake Recipe


I was introduced to red velvet cake when I was teeny-tiny. My dad is from North Carolina and it’s definitely known as a southern thing. My family is very particular about the icing that goes on a red velvet cake, we don’t do cream cheese icing (well I do if I use marshmallow fluff; I’ll explain that later). We do a cooked icing that only has vanilla, butter, sugar, flour and milk. You cook the milk and flour until it makes a paste and then let it cool a lot, then you add it to the butter, milk, & vanilla. It’s sweet, but it’s not overly sweet. I’ve only made the cooked icing twice in my entire life. It’s actually pretty easy, but I know if my sister was to try it, she’d burn it, ha. My sister isn’t exactly the most skilled person in the kitchen.

This recipe has been in my mom’s old fashioned recipe box for as long as I can remember, if you look at the picture closely, my grandmother’s initials are in the upper corner. It’s hard to believe she passed away almost a year and a half ago. It still hurts to think that she didn’t get to meet her newest great-granddaughter. Our daughter was born on April 2nd & my grandmother passed away on April 5th. We were scheduled to go visit my family¬† on April 6th, we still visited but it wasn’t for the happy occasion of welcoming a new family member.

This recipe has been passed around my for some time. I finally had my mom email me a copy of the recipe card. But first I had to walk her through the steps of scanning it and attaching it to an email. I love my mom, but she is not at all tech savvy.

I just made a Red Velvet Cake yesterday with this recipe (including the cooked icing) and there is only a 4″ x 2″ section of cake left out of a 9″x13″ pan! As you can see this cake goes quickly, especially with Kevin and the kids around.


So on to this recipe…

Red Velvet RecipeRed Velvet Recipe Back


Red Velvet Cake Ingredients:

1/2 cup Crisco (we use butter)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 ounce Red Food Coloring
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp Vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp cocoa powder
3/4 tsp salt (we don’t use salt; it doesn’t change the taste or consistency of cake)
1 tbsp vinegar


Red Velvet Cooked Icing Recipe:

5 tbsp flour
1 cup milk
8 tbsp butter
8 tbsp Crisco (we substitute this with butter too)
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Alternative Icing Idea:

Marshmallow Cream Cheese Icing

7 oz Jar Kraft Marshmallow fluff
8 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened at room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place all of the above ingredients into mixing bowl and whip with electric mixer (hand mixer or stand mixer; both work fine) until fully incorporated.

Yup! It’s that easy for Marshmallow Cream Cheese Icing. It’s great with fruit, great with cookies, animal crackers, graham crackers, cakes of all kind, etc.

If you try out my family’s recipe, please let me know how it turns out. If you have any questions about the cooked icing, I may make a video on how to make the cooked icing!

Thanks for reading!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.