I made my second attempt at Red Velvet Cake.  I think the first time I made it, it had every off putting issue that a cake can contain.  The cake was dry, it tasted of heavy red die, and the icing was lumpy.  Could anything else be wrong with a cake?  I’m not sure, but if so, that was my cake.

This time I decided to look for a recipe that was tried and true, and a money maker.  I decided to use Cake Man Raven’s recipe This specific recipe seemed simple, though I was nervous about adding 2 tablespoons of red food coloring. And I decided to use a Martha Stewart recipe for the cream cheese frosting, you know there is no better frosting for red velvet cakes.

First I sifted all of the dry ingredients: baking soda, cocoa powder, salt, and flour

I mix the wet ingredients separately:  eggs, red food coloring, buttermilk, vanilla, vinegar, and oil (I forgot to mix my oil with the wet ingredients until I starting mixing the dry

But I fixed it and it was all good

After I oiled and floured the pans I divided the batter amongst the 3 layer cake with the batter

To make the frosting, I beat room temperature butter and cream cheese with powdered sugar (1 stick of butter, 1 stick of cream cheese and 1 cup of powdered sugar with about a teaspoon of vanilla extract)

I was hesitant to serve it because it wasn’t pretty with beautiful decorations, but have you seen Momofuku Milk Bar cakes, they are amazing, with no traditional decorations.  I learned its called naked cakes… who knew naked cakes was a thing?

Here is how my cake turned out, I think I have the next winning entry at the family reunion bake off:

This recipe is a no fail recipe, trust me.