Red Velvet Layer Cake

Red Velvet Layer Cake
Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
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A classic red velvet cake recipe that Mama Peggy only made on rare occasions. A treat!
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2¼ cups sugar
  • 3 med eggs
  • 3 1 oz bottles red food coloring
  • 3¼ cups plain flour
  • 2 heaping tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tbsp vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour cake pans.
  3. Cream sugar and shortening in large mixing bowl until fluffy.
  4. Continue to mix slowly and add eggs one at a time.
  5. Whip until mixture is light and fluffy.
  6. In small mixing bowl, make a paste of cocoa and food coloring.
  7. Add to creamed mixture, whipping again until light and fluffy.
  8. Sift flour and salt together.
  9. Mixing batter, slowly add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk and vanilla.
  10. Mix until smooth and fluffy!
  11. Continue mixing slowly and sprinkle soda on top of batter and fold in.
  12. Fold in vinegar, then whip batter until light and fluffy.
  13. Fill pans and bake 30 to 40 minutes until done.
  14. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.
For icing, see "Red Velvet Layer Cake Icing" [singlepic id=73 w=150 float=center]
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 590 Fat: 33.8 g Saturated fat: 8.5 g Unsaturated fat: 16.4 g Carbohydrates: 65.1 g Sugar: 45.4 g Fiber: 1.2 g Protein: 5.7 g Cholesterol: 40.7 mg

For icing, see “Red Velvet Layer Cake Icing“.


Peggy Chaney was best known as cook and co-owner of Peggy's Restaurant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina (which she and her sister, Loretta, ran for over two decades). You can find her pages on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. One of eleven siblings, she was the daughter of a Baptist preacher, and was well remembered for her kind spirit and regard for others. Her genuine warmth and grace is sorely missed.

One Response to Red Velvet Layer Cake

  1. Sonya Gregory September 7, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    This is the best Red Velvet Cake you will ever put in your mouth! I have eaten it many, many times when Peggy made it for homecoming at Second Baptist Church! This recipe is filled with much love, because Peggy put her whole heart and love in everything that she did! I Love You Peggy!

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