Red Velvet Cake

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1/2 cup butter 
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 ounces red food coloring
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

How to make it :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans.
Cream butter and sugar in mixer bowl until fluffy.  Add eggs and beat well.
Place cocoa and food coloring in small bowl and stir to a nice smooth consistency.
Add to creamed mixture.
Sift flour and salt.
Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating in between each addition.
Add vanilla, vinegar, and baking soda.
Mix well.  Pour evenly into prepared cake pans and bake until done, about 25 minutes.  
Remove from oven and let cake rest for about 5 minutes then remove from pans.  
Cool completely and then with a large serrated knife, slice the layers horizontally making a total of four layers.  Wrap each cooled layer in saran wrap and place them in freezer overnight.  (The purpose of freezing the cake is that it makes it much easier to handle while frosting.  You won't end up with little red crumbs in your frosting!)


Frosting :
1 1/2 cups milk
3 heaping tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (NOT confectioners)
1 1/2 cups butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine milk and flour in a small saucepan.  Cook, over medium heat, stirring constantly until smooth and thick.  Remove from heat, pour the mixture into a clean bowl and cover the surface with saran wrap.   This stops the cooking and also prevents a skin from forming on the surface.  Set aside to cool.   
In stand mixer cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add vanilla and mix.  
When your milk mixture is slightly cooled, add one tablespoon at a time to the butter mixture, whipping thoroughly in between.   
Whip until you have a fluffy, white and buttery frosting.  
Frost each layer with small bit of frosting and then frost the entire cake!  Refrigerate to solidify the frosting and it tastes better cold!  
So, now a little discussion on the frosting.  When I've shared this recipe in the past, I've actually heard folks say, "I didn't use the frosting recipe because I read the recipe and it seemed incorrect".  It does seem very, very strange to make a roux for a cake frosting!  However, I beg of you to please, please do not use any other frosting in the Red Velvet Cake.  It is what actually "takes the cake"!
This is what I know about the frosting.  It is a very old recipe that the French used to call Boiled Milk Frosting and then later it was called Ermine Frosting.  It uses the gluten in the flour and the casein in the milk to create a suspension that makes for the fluffy amazingness of it!  
It is a little extra work, but I really like that it is the very old original Red Velvet Cake frosting.

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