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This recipe came in a little recipe box that my Aunt Juanita gave me when I first married. She typed me several recipes for main courses and side dishes, and of course, my favorite, red velvet cake. My Uncle John was a cook in the navy and while both he and Juanita were exceptional cooks, John was my favorite.

I made this a couple of times, but mine never turned out as good as John’s.

Here is his recipe for red velvet cake:

½ cup of shorteningphoto.php
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 ounce red food coloring
1 ounce water (use empty color bottle to measure)
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup buttermilk
2 ¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon soda

Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs and blend. Add food coloring and water, then cocoa. Blend in buttermilk and add flour and salt. Gradually add vanilla and beat until mixed. Mix vinegar and soda and stir in last. Do not beat. Pour into two greased and floured 9 in. pans. Bake at 325° for 25 to 30 min. Cool and frost.

Fluffy frosting:

Cook 1 cup milk and ¼ cup flour, stirring until thickened; cool. Beat 1 cup sugar, ½ cup Crisco and ½ cup butter until fluffy on high speed of mixer. Add first mixture and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Continue beating. When icing is very fluffy, frost cooled cake.

Good luck and may your cakes never fall!



Now for the recipe!

1 jar maraschino cherries

½ cup sugar

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 pound chocolate cake

Chocolate shavings

Drain the cherries, reserving the liquid. Mix the liquid in a small sauce pan with ½ cup of sugar. Simmer until the liquid becomes thick and reduces to about half. Don’t reduce too much or the liquid will harden later. Let it cool and then mix the cherries back in.

Whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until it forms stiff peaks. The whipped cream will turn dark in color, but it’s absolutely delicious and still looks beautiful.

Layer the trifle with the cake, cherries, and whipped cream, and then repeat, topping with the whipped cream. Grate chocolate shavings on the top, and top with a remaining cherry, if you’d like.

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Bio: Mercedes M. Yardley wears red lipstick and poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of Beautiful Sorrows and Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love.  Her new novel “Nameless” is out on 21st Jan 2014.

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