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Happy Birthday Dr A

Cathy G. has been making Dr. Armstrong‘s favorite cake on his birthday for as many years as I can remember. Thirty some years ago 1 cake would be enough, but over the years as the Dr. A’s family grew 1 cake turned to 2 with not even a crumb left over. If you were lucky enough to get a sliver of a bite of this yummy goodness, you were lucky enough. Cathy’s Red Velvet cake is legendary and she has graciously shared her recipe with us.

 

What makes this cake so different is the frosting. It’s not your traditional cream cheese frosting.

It’s a very light “airy” cooked frosting. I love this frosting so much I make double the recipe and split the cake layers so I can frost in-between them, making a 4 layer cake. Trust me its good and worth the extra effort.

 

Cathy G’s famous Red Velvet Cake

1 3/4 cups oil                           1 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups flour                       1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups sugar                     1 teaspoon vinegar

2 eggs                                     2 tablespoons cocoa

1 cup buttermilk                       1 teaspoon vanilla

1 oz red food color

 

Sift flour, salt, and soda set aside

Cream oil, sugar, and eggs

Mix cocoa to vinegar and food coloring until blended, and then add to the oil mixture

Add flour and buttermilk alternately, beginning and ending with flour

Add vanilla and mix

Grease and flour two 9 inch pans, bake at 350 degrees 35-40 minutes till done

 

Mystery Frosting: (single recipe)

4 tablespoons flour                   1/2 cup Crisco       1/4 teaspoon of vanilla

1 cup milk                                 1 cup sugar         dash of salt

1 stick of butter

 

Blend flour and milk over low heat until thickens (consistency of heavy cream) cool completely

Cream sugar, butter, Crisco, salt and vanilla (about 5 minutes)

Add chilled flour and milk mixture to sugar and butter, beat until very fluffy.

 

Note

No need to buy buttermilk, make your own. Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to a 1 cup measuring cup (did that make sense??) then add enough milk to make a full cup.

Let stand 5 minutes and Ta-Da buttermilk.

To make this cake special, beat 2 cups of heavy whipping cream with 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and a dash of vanilla till stiff peaks form. Use a pastry bag (or plastic bag with tip cut off) and pipe around the cake.

 

“What do you get someone who has everything?”

A Red Velvet Cake made with love.

Happy Birthday Dr. Armstrong

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