Waldorf Astoria Red Cake

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My mom used to make this when I was little. It is a very rich and elegant cake. The frosting is very unusual tasting in that it is almost like a custard.

INGREDIENTS (for 2 servings):


  • Cream together the shortening, sugar, and eggs.
  • Make a paste with food coloring and cocoa. Add to shortening mixture.
  • Add salt and buttermilk to mixture.
  • Next add flour, vanilla, vinegar, and baking soda in that order. Mix.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in two 8 inch round greased and floured cake pans. Let cool.
  • To Make Frosting: Cook 5 tablespoons flour and 1 cup milk until thick, and then cool.
  • Cream together 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 1 cup butter or margarine and 1 teaspoon vanilla 'til fluffy. Add to flour mixture.
  • Cut layers of cake in half lengthwise. Spread frosting on each half layer. Stack and frost over all.