We recently took a road trip...a long one that started in Illinois with our sons, Blake and Ben, and encompassed Ohio, West Virginia and Indiana, and then, back to Illinois before we headed home! It was sooo worth the road time to see family and friends (says the co-pilot who didn't drive all those miles-haha). Hubby, the road warrior, would agree that seeing those we love was worth the traffic nuisance. We had lots of catching up to do-there was a new baby on each side of the family! Hugging your parents when you haven't been able to for a long while is just, well, beyond special! It was a vacation full of hugging, swimming, kickball, eating, shooting, music, fire pits, baby giggles and shopping with my mom! Fun times all around!
Enough bragging about my fun trip, now on to cooking chat. While I was at the Davis reunion in Ohio, I discovered, while chatting with my nieces, that nobody had or could find MawMaw"s (Louise Davis') red velvet cake recipe. She always made this cake for the girls' birthdays, so there was much glee when they realized that I had copied it down years ago. Kim pleaded,"please put it on the blog!" So, as I am a,"great aunt", I will fill that request. Here you go, girls!
Red Velvet Cake
1/4 C butter
2 tsp cocoa
1 1/2 C sugar
1 C buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vinegar
2 tsp 2 oz. red food coloring
2 1/2 C flour
Cream butter, sugar and eggs. Make a paste of cocoa and food coloring; add this to creamed mixture. Mix buttermilk, salt and vanilla; add to creamed mixture alternately with flour.
Add baking soda to vinegar to baking soda and fold in at the very end. (Do Not use a mixer!)
Pour into 2 or 3 greased and floured round cake pans. Bake until done.
5 TBSP flour
1 C milk
Mix milk and flour in a double broiler and cook until thickened. Refrigerate until very cold (at least 1 hour)
Then: cream Crisco, sugar and vanilla.
1 C Crisco
1 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Add Crisco mixture to the milk/flour mixture; beat at least 5 minutes with a mixer.
Refrigerate any leftovers of this cake. (Leftovers?? Really??!)