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John Rivers’ Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Red Velvet Cake

3.75c all purpose flour
3c sugar
4.5T cocoa powder
1.5t baking soda
1.5t salt
3 large eggs
2.25c margarine, melted
1.5c buttermilk
1.5t vanilla extract
.25c + 2T red food coloring

  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl mix eggs, margarine, buttermilk, vanilla and red coloring.
  • In a mixer using the whisk attachment slowly pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture. Once incorporated mix on high for 30 seconds.
  • Divide into 3 greased 9″ pans and bake on 350 for 26 minutes.



Cream Cheese Frosting

16oz cream cheese, softened
2lbs Confectioner Sugar


• Beat cream cheese until smooth and completely softened, no lumps.

• With the mixer on low slowly add the sugar until completely incorporated.

• Mix on high 2 minutes, stopping once to scrape the bowl.


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