Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Red Velvet



I have seen and read so much about Red Velvet over the past couple of years but I've never tried it!

One of the things I love about the 'Cake World' is the fantastic bunch of friends I have made! One of those super talented people Louisa shared this recipe for Red Velvet.

I made a quarter of the recipe and made my own cake flour (1 3/4 cups flour & 1/4cup cornflour). I often cut a recipe in quarters if I want to make a small amount (like for after school treats) cupcakes work really well for this. Halving her recipe will give you 18-20 cupcakes and I baked at 180c for 20mins.

The texture was really lovely and perfect with cream cheese frosting. Can't say it will become my all time favourite cupcake flavour but I am glad I have now tried them and this recipe is a keeper!

Louisa's recipe....

Recipe:
200 g butter, soft
460g caster sugar (fine sugar)
4 55g eggs at room temp (In Aust they are sold as 700g cartons)
45 ml red liquid food colouring
400 ml luke warm butter milk (heat in microwave)
500g plain flour (I didnt use cake flour)
25g cocoa powder (I used 22% cocoa solids)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vinegar
2 tsp vanilla extract

Method:
Pre heat oven to 160 degrees fan
Line base & sides of 7.5cm (3") high 22.5 (9") cm round cake tin with heavy duty greese proof paper. I used one layer of paper.
Mix red food colour, vinegar,& luke warm butter milk.
Cream the butter first for approx 1 min
Slowly add the sugar, cream for approx 5 min. Add vanilla essence.
Add eggs one at a time, scraping down bowl after each addition.
Sift flour, salt, bicarb soda, cocoa & baking powder
Add sifted flour mix to creamed mixture alternating with the warm butter milk. Have mixer on low speed.
Remove bowl from stand & with a spatular make sure its all combined.
Pour batter into lined cake pans
Bake at 160 degrees for approx 50 min or until skewer comes out clean, turn cakes half way through cooking.
Remove from oven, stand for 15 min then turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.
Trim the layers, slice in half & fill with your fav icing.
Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Note: 1 tsp is 5ml
eggs are 55g out of the shell
liquid food colour was used not paste.

10 comments:

Annie said...

The recipe sounds really good! I've been thinking of trying Red velvet for quite some time and yours looks delicious!

Paoletta said...

wow....it'beautiful and so yummy.good job.
Paoletta from Italy

bakerchick103 said...

I'm from the South,(Tennessee & North Carolina) and I love Red Velvet cake. It's a southern tradition! You're cupcakes are so beautiful! Love the little hearts!

tv said...

This is the first time I stumbled upon your blog and I am so glad I did. What amazing work. You have very clean designs with awesome attention to detail. I love to bake and I am going to do my first fondant cake this coming weekend ... I can only hope that I stick with it and grow to be half as talented as you are. Good job - keep it up.
p.s. Martha Stewart has a chocolate/red velvet cake that I want to try ... this recipe sounds good too.

Jana said...

I remember the first time I came across your photostream I about fell over and died, your talent is beyond words, I figured I would just say thanks for sharing!! Now that I have found your blog I am in heaven, and in tears from your amazing story and efforts to help your dear friend. Blessings!

The Cake Maker said...

Thanks so much for stopping by... I appreciate such lovely words :O)

x

Leebeesa said...

I love your cakes if I lived closer I'd order a big bunch of breast cancer cupcakes in October for my aunty who heads the South African Breast Health organisation. They look yummy.

Snooky doodle said...

wow your cakes are awesome! I love your blog :)

Food Doc said...

I am from the South where red velvet is a common cake flavor. The taste and color difficult to achieve, but you have given it a fabulous color that looks moist and delicious. I will have to give your recipe modification a try.

St├ęphanie said...

I love it ! So yummy !