Red Velvet Cake

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Preparation Time:  30 minutes
Cooking Time:  30 minutes

Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 ounces red food coloring
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8 inch round pans.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, oil, and eggs. Add food coloring and vinegar to buttermilk. Add baking soda to flour. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the sugar mixture. Mix well. Stir 1 teaspoon vanilla into batter. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until done. Remove from oven, and cool on wire racks.
  4. Mix together cream cheese, butter or margarine, confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in nuts. Frost cooled cake.

Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Preparation Time:  15 minutes
Cooking Time:  70 minutes

Servings: 24

Ingredients

  • 1 package (2-layer size) red velvet cake mix
  • 1 (3.9 ounce) package JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 1 (8 ounce) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 (16 ounce) package powdered sugar
  • 1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
  • 1 (1 ounce) square BAKER’S White Chocolate, shaved into curls

Directions

  1. Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 24 cupcakes, blending dry pudding mix into batter before spooning into prepared muffin cups. Cool.
  2. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Gradually beat in sugar. Whisk in COOL WHIP. Spoon 1-1/2 cups into small freezer-weight resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Cut small corner off bottom of bag. Insert tip of bag into top of each cupcake to pipe about 1 Tbsp. frosting into center of cupcake.
  3. Frost cupcakes with remaining frosting. Top with chocolate curls. Keep refrigerated.