Monday 25 January 2016

Eaton's Red Velvet Cake

Lady Eaton selected nothing but the best recipes to be made and served in Eaton's restaurants across Canada.  ONe of her recipes became synonymous with the Eaton's restaurants; some customers even thought that Lady Eaton herself invented the dessert.  Here is the recipe.


Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease 3 9 inch pans or 1 9 x 13 inch pan.

Sift 2 1/2 cups cake flour.

Make a paste of
2 oz. red food colouring
2 tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp salt

In a bowl cream
1/2 cup shortening
Add gradually
1 1/2 cups white sugar
Beat until light and fluffy.

Add one at a time
2 large eggs.
Beat after each addition.
Add cocoa/food colouring mixture.

1 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk

1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp. vinegar
Add to the buttermilk

While the cake is baking, prepare:


In a saucepan place 5 tbsp. flour.
Add gradually one cup milk.
Mix until smooth.
Cook at medium heat until thickened.
Remove from heat.

While the sauce is cooling, in a medium bowl cream together:
1 cup butter
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Beat until light and fluffy.
Add cooled flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture a spoonful at a time,
beating well after each addition.
Spread frosting over the cooled cake.

Enjoy with Earl Grey tea in your best china cup.

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