Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Red Velvet Cake

It's birthday season again! Chet & Larry's birthdays are back-to-back (February 24th and 25th), so this year, I made a shared birthday cake for them. Last year, they got individual desserts (Larry's is here and Chet's is here), but neither of them told me waht they wanted this year, so I got to pick. For some reason, I've been looking for a reason to make a red velvet cake, so that was this year's birthday treat! When I took the cake in to my parents' house, Larry said, "What kind is it?" When I told him it was red velvet, he said, "I don't know a single man who doesn't like red velvet cake." And what is that about, anyway? Remember in Steel Magnolias...the armadillo groom's cake? Why do men like red velvet cake? It's delicious, that's why! I think I may have overcooked (or overmixed) my cake layers, but they were still quite tasty. But the icing? Divine. I have found my go-to cream cheese icing!

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Brown Eyed Baker, via Joy the Baker
For the Cake:
8 T unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
5 T unsweetened cocoa powder
6 T red food coloring
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups + 2 T all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 tsp distilled white vinegar
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz. butter, at room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
5 cups powdered sugar
2 T vanilla extract
To Make the Cakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9" cake pans.
On medium-high speed, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to high and add the egg. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.
In a separate small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and red food coloring to make a thick paste. Add to the batter and mix on medium speed until completely combined. You may need to stop the mixer to scrape the bottom of the bowl, making sure that all the batter gets color.
Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add half of the buttermilk. Add half of the flour and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with teh remianing milk and flour. Beat on high until smooth.
Again, reduce the mixer speed to low and add the salt, baking soda, and vinegar. Turn to high and beat for another couple of minutes until completely combined and smooth.
Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans and bake for about 40 minutes, or until a thin knife or skewer inserted into the center of the cakes come out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes, and then remove cakes from the pan. Place them on a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
To Make the Frosting:
Using the whisk attachment, whip the butter and cream cheese on high speed for about 5 minutes, scraping the bowl down as necessary. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add the powdered sugar until all is incorporated. Add the vanilla and mix to combine. Increase the speed to medium high and whip for a few minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as necessary.
* Note: This recipe can be halved to make 12 cupcakes.

1 comment:

  1. Looks amazing! Glad you're blogging again! :) Loved your LOVE/ladder sign, btw!


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