Here is my Red Velvet recipe:

1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa
2 (1 oz) bottles red food coloring
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/4 cups plain flour
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda

Cream shortening, eggs and sugar. Make a paste of cocoa and coloring, add to creamed mixture. Add buttermilk and flour alternately beginning and ending with flour. Mix vanilla, vinegar, salt and soda fold into batter. Mix and pour into 3 – 8 inch cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Icing
2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese
1 stick butter
1 box confectioner sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecans (optional)

Beat 1st four ingredients until light and fluffy. Add nuts if desired and frost cooled cake.

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