Lancaster’s Famous Red Velvet Cake

Every year, I make a cake for our church’s annual spring picnic-outdoor service.  After the service, there is a family picnic, during which we do a “Cake Walk” —  walking around in circles (a normal state of affairs in the Unitarian Universalist sect) stepping on numbers, all done to the pounding of beat of a drum circle. (I played my Djembe–I was one of nine drums).  Desserts are donated, and when the drums stop, a number is picked and whoever is on that number square wins a dessert of his/her choice from the dessert table.  Seven-year-old Morgan won a plate of to-die-for key-lime squares (Florida, after all–just like the lemon squares you all know and love, but better).  At the cake walk, I tasted an incredible Red Velvet Cake, a Lancaster County specialty,  a hit, and I just had to have the recipe.  Here it is:

Traditional Lancaster County Red Velvet Cake


1 cup of butter
2 ½ cups of sugar
6 eggs
3 cups of flour
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
¼ tsp vanilla
2 oz. red food colouring
8 oz. sour cream

1. Heat oven to 350. Beat butter and gradually add sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Beat just until blended.
2. Combine the flour, cocoa and baking soda. Add to butter mixture alternating with sour cream and ending with flour mixture. Stir in vanilla and food colouring. Spoon into three greased and floured 8 –inch round pans.
3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
4. Frost with vanilla buttercream frosting or cream cheese frosting.

I did cream cheese frosting. OY, what else?…

About Cheff

Lancaster Eats highlights the best resources our community has to offer. From farmers to markets to vendors to retailers, we highlight those members of our wonderful food community who are striving to improve the presence of the commercial and retail food industry for all the citizens of Lancaster. The food we eat and drink is important to every single one of us, and we believe that everyone is entitled to safe and healthy food and drink. We hope to engage the citizens of our city and county who care about the food we eat and the environment in which we live. We know there are many people in the community who are doing wonderful things that benefit the people of Lancaster, as customers and consumers. We hope you will let us know who they are so that we can learn and inform those who eat and drink. That, as we know, is all of us. We are all in this together. Let's build a community.

Posted on August 6, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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