I really hate to put up another post on anything red after doing the last week on it, but this one is a little different. I promise I will get off the red kick after this. My husband’s birthday is the day after Valentine’s Day. It seems we like to double up on celebrations around here! (We got married on my birthday; our daughter and one of our son’s birthdays are 3 days apart, my brother and my brother-in-law share the same birthday.) I could keep going, but I know you would probably prefer to get to the recipe, right?
My mother-in-law always makes a red velvet cake for my husband’s birthday. Her recipe comes from this cookbook…one of my most used ones. Is it just me, or don’t you think the best tasting food recipes come from the old self-published cookbooks with the spiral spines? James Farmer did a post on a pound cake recipe from this same cookbook a couple of years ago. If you would like to see it, just click here. (He is obviously not addicted to frosting like I am since he prefers pound cake over any other cake.)
Without further ado, here is recipe #1 for the red velvet cake:
And you must frost it with the traditional cream cheese frosting. Mrs. Shelton says the nuts are “optional.” I think they are required, but you can choose for yourself.
If you have been following along here, you will remember in December someone very sweet made me a red velvet cake.
I thought I would include Pat’s recipe for her delicious cake here, too.
She uses the identical frosting recipe, but she doubles it. I am thinking my mother-in-law must also double her frosting recipe since it was on quite thick – but then she only had 2 layers not 3 like Pat has. I would double it if I made it, just because I could eat that cream cheese deliciousness by the spoonfuls!
So you might be wondering, “Which one is better?” Well, it really depends on what you like in a cake. There is a really interesting cake testing of 8 different versions of the recipe here, and there is a Southern Living version here.
This is my recommendation: If you are like my parents and one of my friends, and you don’t want something super sweet, go with Pat’s version. If you like a very sweet cake, then use the first one from the cookbook above. Either way, double your cream cheese frosting recipe.
Okay, that is truly the end of all my red posts for awhile. I hope you get to make one of the recipes, and if you do, I would love to know how it turns out (and which recipe you used. :))
Talk with you soon!