Every Christmas, and only Christmas, I make my Red Velvet Cake. It wouldn't be Christmas without it. Well this year I am in the grocery store trying hard to remember all the ingredients, I even checked my cupboards for a few things before I went, thought I had it all together and was kind of excoted that I did not even have to make a list. Wrong. Christmas Eve Day I am ready to do the cake starting early in the AM. I have a few different recipies, and they vary, but I always make the same one I have made for years. I even remembered the buttermilk! But I thought I had shortning, and I did not! No problem, the last thing I feel like doing is running to the grocery store because I know it will be mobbed which it was. They only had 5 pound cans of it and there was no way I needed that much as I never use it except for the cake and only buy a small container. That's ok, I will try the other recipie and who knows it might be good? It was a cream cheese frosting so I picked that up and off I went home to bake. It was terrible and no where near the same cake at all! I just threw almost the whole thing to my chickens and it is a sight to behold.The cake is sitting perfect on the ground, looks beautiful, white frosting with red cake and I just looked out and it is just about gone! They loved it. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to my girls and my one big fat happy rooster.