We need to talk, because I have a confession to make. My most requested cake is made with a cake mix. I know, it’s shameful! Have you ever heard that the ladies from the generation before mine can tell if a cake is made from scratch or with a mix? Well, no one has called me out on this one yet.
To get these perfect straight sides, I only use these cake pans.
I make specialty cakes, and I took cake baking and decorating in Culinary School, so I am picky about my cakes. I am a big believer in making homemade from scratch cakes, but I could never find a red velvet cake that I liked. I made so many only to be disappointed, because they did not come out soft and moist. When my cake addicted family throws it in the garbage, it’s bad, it’s really bad.
I was telling a friend of mine my problem, and she handed me an old church cookbook. Old church cookbooks will never let you down. Seriously, church ladies will never let you down! I saw that it starts with a cake mix, but you add several other ingredients that you use in a traditional red velvet cake.
I decided to try it, because I had been disappointed in every other recipe, and oh, my, it was good, ridiculously good. My family went crazy over it. I went crazy over it! It really is the best red velvet cake that I have ever tried, and it comes out perfect every time.
Tip: Do you want to know how we butter and grease our pans in Culinary School? Pam. I like to use the one that says “baking” on the bottle, but we used the regular cooking spray. You can’t get any easier than that. Do you have any baking tips to help us bakers out? Leave your tips for everyone to see.
- For Cake
- 1 box butter cake mix
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
- 1 Tablespoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 bottle of red food coloring
- 3 eggs
- 1 stick butter
- 1 box of confectioners sugar or 4 cups
- 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- chopped pecans, optional
- Mix all ingredients together, (put soda and vinegar in last). Mix 4 minutes at medium speed. Bake 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
- Cream Cheese Icing
- After cake is cool, mix cream cheese and butter, add the confectioners sugar in slowly. Add vanilla. Add pecans if you desire.