If you want to share love this V-Day, share cake!
I’m a sucker for any kind of celebratory day, especially when I can display love for somebody I care about. And how do I display love, you may be wondering?
Well, one of the obvious ways, is of course through cake. And there are few people I know in this world, who don’t appreciate a home baked treat made with love, as a display of one’s affection.
What’s so wonderful about baking, is that you get to share your feelings through creating a delicious treat, and you also get to share the delicious treat when it’s ready, winning!
Now, we all know that Red Velvet Cake was THEE thing a few years back, and whilst it’s kind of last season in some respects, it’s still one of my all time fave’s, because;
a. it’s red and ideal for romance,
b. it’s borderline a chocolate cake,
c. it’s delicious,
d. it’s novel, whilst maintaining a certain class and elegance.
I mean, doesn’t this cake just say all things pretty in love?
How could anyone not but swoon if you presented them with this circle wonderfulness?
So let’s just talk about this cake for a second. The recipe seems like quite a few steps, but it’s really easy. Just read through it and ensure you have everything laid out and ready before you begin. I’ve been using this recipe for years, and it’s honestly just so worth it.
The cake itself is moist and delicious, not overly sweet, with a balanced, but evident chocolate flavour. The frosting or glaze is also not overly sweet, so if you like, you can add a bit more powdered sugar to the glaze, or for a winter wonderland of love affect, dust the top of the cake in powdered sugar just before serving. It looks super pretty like that, trust me because I’ve done it before and it’s gorgeous. Otherwise, stick with the recipe as is.
Because I like my red velvet cake to taste like chocolate cake, I use 4T cocoa powder in the recipe, which gives it a richer, slightly browny red colour, but if you prefer a brighter colour red for the cake, then put less cocoa powder into the mixture.
They don’t call it red VELVET for nothing people:
Red Velvet Cake for Valentines Day
(makes one round bundt cake, or 24 cupcakes, or 3 round 8″ cakes)
*Note – double the frosting recipe if making cupcakes or layered cakes
3 cups all purpose flour
1t baking powder
1 ¾ cups caster (granulated) sugar
1 ¼ cups salted butter (softened but not melted)
3 eggs, plus 1 egg white
4T cocoa powder (if you prefer a brighter red cake, use only 3T cocoa powder)
5T red food coloring (water based), or 2t concentrate red coloring gel
1 cup hot water
2t vanilla extract
½ cup buttermilk
½ t salt
1 ½ t baking sola
3/4 cup cream
125g good quality cream cheese
90g white chocolate (chopped)
1 cup powdered sugar (more if you like it sweeter)
Sugar decorations of your choice
Until next time…