Ingredients for the cake
- 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 to 4 tablespoons red food coloring
Ingredients for the frosting
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Step 1: Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and butter two 9-inch cake pans. Coat the pans lightly with flour. Take out 3 bowls.
Step 2: In the first bowl, beat together the shortening and sugar in a large bowl until you get a light, fluffy mixture. Add in the eggs one at a time then follow with vanilla.
Step 3: In the second bowl, mix your dry ingredients together: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In the third bowl, mix your wet ingredients: buttermilk, vinegar and food coloring. Depending on how bright you want your cake will determine how much food coloring you will use. If you would like a dark brown-red, use one tablespoon.
Step 4: Alternate stirring your dry and wet ingredients into your egg mixture. Once everything has been mixed together, scrape the batter into the two 9-inch cake pans.
Step 5: Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven when done and then let cool for 15 minutes before removing from the pans.
Step 1: Get a small saucepan and combine flour, salt and a few tablespoons of milk. Stir this until you get a smooth consistency. Set on low heat and add in your remaining milk. You’ll want to keep cooking until the mixture gets thick, almost like gravy. Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool until it is room temperature.
Step 2: Beat together butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Mix your cooled flour mixture in and beat on high until you get a whipped cream consistency. Let it sit for about 15 minutes.
Step 3: Frost your cake.
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