Red Velvet Valentine's Cake

Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 27 min
Makes: 16 servings

Ingredients:

CAKE
Pillsbury Baking Spray with Flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 ounces red food coloring
1/2 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
OR 1/2 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups White Lily® Enriched Bleached All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon red food coloring (optional)
Heart-shaped candies (optional)

Instructions:

 CAKE
1.HEAT oven to 350°F. Coat two 8 x 2 1/2-inch, heart-shaped cake pans with flour no-stick cooking spray.
2.COMBINE cocoa and food coloring in small bowl. Beat shortening and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in vanilla extract and cocoa mixture.
3.COMBINE flour and salt in a small bowl. Add to shortening mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Stir in vinegar, using a spoon, until well blended. Add baking soda, gently stirring until well blended. Pour into prepared pans.
4.BAKE 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center come out clean (do not overbake). Cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.
 FROSTING
1.BEAT cream cheese, butter and vanilla in medium bowl until blended. Gradually add powdered sugar; beat until blended. Stir in food coloring, if desired.
2.PLACE first cake layer on cake plate or serving tray. Generously frost top. Top with second cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake. Sprinkle top of cake with heart-shaped candies or press candies around sides of cake, if desired.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

Serving Size (1 slice, 1/16 of cake), Calories 380 (Calories from Fat 160), Total Fat 18g (Saturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 55mg, Sodium 340mg, Total Carbohydrate 52g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 36g), Protein 4g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 8%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 4%, Iron 6%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.