This is a true Southern Red Velvet cake recipe handed down from my great grandmother. You can ice w/cream cheese icing, but in our family, we prefer the coconut/pecan icing.
If making the coconut/pecan icing, read thru directions completely before starting cake as you need to start icing before cake.

Southern Red Velvet Cake


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) margarine
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 ozs red food coloring
  • 2 Tbs. vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp. soda
  • 2 tsps. vanilla


    Make a paste of cocoa and vinegar & set aside. Cream margarine and sugar. Add eggs and cocoa mixture, mix well.

  1. Sift flour, soda and salt together and add alternately with buttermilk. Add vanilla and food coloring and mix well. Pour into 3 greased and floured 8 or 9 inch pans. Bake @ 350 for 25 – 30 minutes.
  2. Icing:
  3. 1-1/2 cups milk
  4. 3 Tbs. flour
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 2 sticks margarine
  7. 1 cup chopped pecans
  8. 1 cup coconut
  9. 1 tsp. vanilla
  10. 1/4 tsp. salt
  11. Cook milk and flour together until thick and let cool while making cake. Beat margarine and sugar until creamy. Add cooled milk/flour mixture and blend well. Add vanilla, nuts and coconut. Spread between layers and on top & sides of cake. Enjoy!


Jmstellar Says... 7 Apr 2012 , 6:18pm

My hubby specifically asked for a homemade red velvet cake. I LOVE your recipe! It has simple instructions. The flavor is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. :)

WhistWight Says... 17 Jun 2012 , 9:48pm

I just made this for my first wedding anniversary (our wedding cake was red velvet). It tastes great, nice and moist. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

Shany Says... 23 Oct 2012 , 8:46pm

This is an amazing recipe! turned out moist and tasted like true red velvet. This is going to be my go to recipe from now on.

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