A culinary souvenir

I’ve discovered a culinary masterpiece, an appreciation of which I carried with me from Florida home. It’s the red velvet cake. We don’t have red velvet up north. It’s not a staple in our culinary tradition like down south. The crazy red cake, the snow white frosting, it’s unlike anything I can describe.

So, for Valentine’s Day, here is my adapted recipe for red velvet…adaption may be sacrilege, but I’m jumping in none-the-less. The cake is easy to make and far too easy to devour.

Red Velvet Cake


1 1/2 c. all purpose flour

1 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour

1 1/2 c. sugar

1 t. baking soda

1 t. salt

1 T. cocoa powder

1 c. vegetable oil

1 c. buttermilk

2 eggs

1 T. red food coloring

1 t. white vinegar

1 t. vanilla

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2-3 12 cup muffin tins.

2. Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a separate, large bowl, beat together the wet. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet.

3. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake for 20-22 minutes. If using a bunt pan, bake 25-30 minutes.



1 stick butter (room temp.)

1 package cream cheese (room temp.)

3 c. powdered sugar

1 t. vanilla

1. In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese together with an electric mixer. Add vanilla and beat 1 minute.

2. Slowly add sugar 1/4 c. at a time while beating frosting until all sugar is incorporated.


Frost your cupcakes and enjoy. To make it truly traditional, add some chopped pecans (about 1/2 c.) into the batter.


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