Vodka Blue Velvet Cake with Vodka Cream Cheese Frosting

  • ½ cup Crisco
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 ounce royal blue gel paste food color
  • 2 drops violet gel paste food color
  • 2 tablespoons Hershey’s cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 2 ¼ cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
  • 1 scant teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup organic buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons vodka
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease and flour 3 8-inch round cake pans.
  3. Cream together Crisco, sugar and eggs.
  4. Make a paste of food coloring, espresso and cocoa and add to mixture.
  5. Add salt and flour with buttermilk and vanilla.
  6. Alternately add baking soda vodka and vinegar; just blend, don’t beat hard.
  7. Bake 25 minutes.
  8. Cool cake thoroughly before frosting.



2 eight ounce boxes cream cheese (room temp)

2 sticks salted butter

3 cups confectioner’s sugar


Place all ingredients except the vodka into the mixing bowl and whisk until well blended.  Add vodka 1 tablespoon at a time until thinned to desired spreadable consistency.

(c) 2015 Valerie Renèe

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