Monday, March 17, 2014

Green Velvet Cake

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Are you wearing green? Are you having a special Irish or Irish/American meal today? Maybe corn beef and cabbage? My husband did not have corn beef and cabbage on Saint Patrick's Day as a kid even though he grew up in an Irish household. Since I grew up eating it, we have it around Saint Patrick's Day. When I suggested making a green velvet cake too, my husband thought it was a great idea. This recipe was the cake my Nana would make. I know this recipe is over thirty years old. I did adapt it a little by replacing some of the shortening with butter plus I made it green instead of red. I'm going to provide the original recipe that I received. My sister wants this cake for her birthday but only blue.
Green Velvet Cake
4 oz. food coloring
2 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs 
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour, shifted
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. distilled vinegar
1 tsp baking soda

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line two 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper and then coat with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the food coloring and with the coca powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the shortening, sugar, and eggs.
Add the food coloring and cocoa mixture. Mix.
In a small bowl, combine the shifted flour with the salt. Set aside.
Add some of the buttermilk while alternating with the flour mixture.
In a small bowl, combine the vanilla, vinegar, and baking soda.
Fold the vanilla mixture into the cake mixture.
Pour the cake batter evenly between the two cake pans.
Bake the cake for 35 minutes.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before removing the cakes onto a wire rack to cool.
Recipe from my Nana.

One year ago, I made..................................Creamed Spinach.
Two years ago, I made...............................Brownies
Did you already know..............................
-In 1762, New York City hosted the first Saint Patrick's Day parade.
-Due to pork being expensive, the Irish immigrants adapted their Irish bacon for an affordable corn beef since it was cured and cooked the same way.
-There are over 34 million Americans that claim Irish ancestry.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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