We have a cookbook called The Joy of Cooking and it is quite a large book. The recipe for Red Velvet cake directs you to a different recipe called Buttermilk Layer Cake. The difference with the Red Velvet cake is you add in some cocoa powder, red food coloring and top it off with a cream cheese frosting.
Prepare two 9x2 inch round cake pans and grease the sides and bottoms. Preheat oven to 350.
Mix together the following ingredients:
2 1/3 Cups Cake Flour
1 1/2 TSP Baking Powder
1/2 TSP Baking Soda
1/4 TSP Salt
1TBSP Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1-3 TSP Red Food Coloring
In a large bowl, place 3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) of butter and beat until creamy.
Slowly add in:
3 Large Eggs
1 TSP Vanilla
Beat for an additional 2 minutes.
Add in Flour mixture slowly.
Divide mixture evenly between your two cake pans and bake at 350 for 25-30 min. Cool.
In a mixing bowl, add the following, and beat until smooth:
8 oz Cold Cream Cheese
5 TBSP of unsalted butter (softened)
2 TSP Vanilla
Slowly add in 4 cups of confectioners Sugar.
Top with Coconut Shavings.