Grandmother Paul's Red Velvet Cake Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 40 MINUTES

6 ratings
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  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 3 sticks butter, 2 for cake, 1 (softened) for icing
  • 2 oz red food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 (16 oz) box confectioner's sugar
  • 1 cup marshmallows, melted
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese


Preheat oven to 350°. Beat eggs; add sugar. Mix cocoa and food coloring. Add 2 sticks butter and egg mixture; mix well. Sift together flour and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Blend in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine soda and vinegar and add to mixture. Pour into three 8-inch round greased and floured pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until tests done.




Blend cream cheese and 1 stick softened butter. Add marshmallows and sugar and blend. Fold in coconut and nuts. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cooled cake.

Grandmother Paul's Red Velvet Cake


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6 Reviews

Savannah 2/26/2017
made the cake th

made the cake this evening ... it's a dang excellent recipe !!!...Thank Y'all Paula Deen !!!

Bobbie 8/5/2016
It sounds so goo

It sounds so good. I am always looking for a good red velvet cake.

Dennis 10/19/2015
Lisa needs to le

Lisa needs to learn how to cook this cake is great!

Tyler 1/24/2015


Lisa 12/13/2014
horrible! follow

horrible! followed instructions to a T! Cake had no flavor....cake was like a hockey puck! frosting was much too sweet....just all around terrible. very disappointing!

Pauline 12/6/2014
This was the fir

This was the first recipe I ever tried from Paula. Every year, it has been a hit for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This recipe is the reason I became a Paula Deen fan and...Paula is the reason why I can now cook! You won't go wrong with this recipe...the perfect red velvet cake. I am going to try making cupcakes using this recipe.

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