Search thousands of recipes reviewed by home cooks like you.

Waldorf Astoria Red Cake

Waldorf Astoria Red Cake

v monte

My mom used to make this when I was little. It is a very rich and elegant cake. The frosting is very unusual tasting in that it is almost like a custard.

Ingredients {{adjustedServings}} servings

Serving size has been adjusted!

Original recipe yields 20 servings

Adjust

Nutrition

Amount per serving ({{servings}} total)

  • Calories:
  • 287 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 15.4 g
  • 24%
  • Carbs:
  • 34.7g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 3.3 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 47 mg
  • 16%
  • Sodium:
  • 325 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Cream together the shortening, sugar, and eggs.
  2. Make a paste with food coloring and cocoa. Add to shortening mixture.
  3. Add salt and buttermilk to mixture.
  4. Next add flour, vanilla, vinegar, and baking soda in that order. Mix.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in two 8 inch round greased and floured cake pans. Let cool.
  6. To Make Frosting: Cook 5 tablespoons flour and 1 cup milk until thick, and then cool.
  7. Cream together 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 1 cup butter or margarine and 1 teaspoon vanilla 'til fluffy. Add to flour mixture.
  8. Cut layers of cake in half lengthwise. Spread frosting on each half layer. Stack and frost over all.
Rate recipe

Your rating

{{ratingWords}}
Cancel
Submit

Reviews

abbie
44
12/29/2009

This is a very special recipe I've made for years. I have a hint to offer...I only use 1 ounce of red food coloring, then I fill the bottle with water and add that to the mixture for the additional ounce of liquid. The color of the cake does not change and I save about $2.50 each time I omit one bottle of red food coloring.

tash
43
3/19/2007

This is nearly word for word the recipe I got from my grandma. She used to make this for our birthdays. It is one of my favorites. It is sooooo hard to find one withOUT the cream cheese frosting, that stuff is good on carrot cake, but horrible on red cake. The frosting here (although my grandma made it with 2T cornstarch instead of 5T flour, she also used 'oleo' instead of butter) is much closer to the real thing. Red Cake is only good with the right frosting.

Stephanie
26
5/7/2003

My mother also makes this cake. We called it Red Velvet Cake. It is to die for. Remember the grooms cake from Steel Magnolias? Same cake. You can make it into an Armadello or not. :) Pure heaven... and sin. The frosting can be a little tricky, but worth it. (Think cream cheese frosting for carrot cake, it just isn't good without it.) Make this cake once and you will HAVE to make it again. Save it for special occasions so you only have to go through all of that food coloring once or twice a year or so. Great for Birthday cakes and Valentine's Day.