Waldorf Astoria Red Velvet Cake

This is a dense old style Red Velvet Cake.    A chocolately cake is topped with a fluffy vanilla frosting.

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Waldorf Astoria Red Velvet Cake

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Waldorf Astoria Red Velvet Cake

Make the well-known Waldorf Astoria Red Velvet Cake at home.  No cake mix needed. 
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake Recipes, Red Velvet
Servings: 16
Calories: 384kcal


Cake ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ounces red food coloring
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Cake Instructions: 1. Make a paste of cocoa and coloring. 2. Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs. Add cocoa and; food coloring. Mix well. 3. Add buttermilk with vinegar and flour with salt alternately. 4. By hand, fold in vanilla and baking soda. 5. Grease and flour cake pans. Makes 3 layers. 6. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  • Frosting Instructions: Cook until thick- flour and milk. Beat until creamy - shortening, margarine, sugar, vanilla. Mix together and add milk and flour mixture a little at a time and beat well. 


Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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  1. Melissa Sage

    5 stars
    Because my birthday is on Valentine’s Day my mother made this cake for me every year. She even managed to send it to me when I was in boarding school in the sixties. So happy to find this recipé as I have lost her’s. Thank you.

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