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Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Gerri Williams Photo by: Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Gerri Williams

Red Velvet Cake

Red food coloring gives Red Velvet Cake its iconic look. Our version comes in the form of a sheet cake and has Greek yogurt stirred into the cream cheese frosting.

All You JANUARY 2012

  • Yield: Serves 20
  • Prep time:30 Minutes
  • Bake:35 Minutes
  • Total:1 Hour, 5 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$.64

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1-oz. bottle red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Frosting:
  • 4 ounces low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

Preparation

1. Make cake: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mist a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Mix buttermilk, coloring and vanilla in a bowl.

2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat sour cream, oil, butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl. Add half of flour mixture, then buttermilk mixture, then remaining flour, mixing after each addition until just combined. Mix vinegar and baking soda until mixture fizzes; quickly fold into batter. Scrape batter into pan and tap on countertop to burst any air bubbles. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Set on a wire rack to cool completely.

3. Make frosting: Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat together cream cheese, yogurt, butter and vanilla until well combined. Slowly beat in sugar. Chill for 1 hour.

4. When cake is cool and frosting is chilled, spread frosting on top of cake. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 277
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbohydrate: 45g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 40mg
  • Sodium: 208mg
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