hubby’s friend asked me to make her a cake. she wanted red velvet and well um i got a little bit carried away covering the cake with strawberries! i think it ended up looking like a strawberry shortcake from the outside, but trust me, it’s all red velvet with cream cheese frosting underneath the strawberry layer.
unfortunately, i didn’t get a chance to taste test this cake, but i’ve made it before and the recipe (a friend of mine passed it along to me) really is quite good. a lightly cocoa flavored moist cake dyed bright red, smeared with cream cheese frosting. yum!
Red Velvet Cake
(makes 1 nine-inch round, double layer cake)
|Flour||3 ¾ cups|
|Cocoa powder||3 tbsp|
|Baking soda||1 ½ tsp|
|Butter||1 ½ sticks, at room temp|
|Sugar||1 ½ cups|
|Canola Oil||¾ cups|
|Eggs||3 large ones|
|Vanilla extract||1 ½ tsp|
|Vinegar||1 ½ tsp|
|Red Food Coloring||½ to 1 tbsp (slowly drop some in until you get the right colour)|
|Buttermilk||1 ½ cups, at room temp|
|Cream Cheese||16 oz., at room temp|
|Butter||1 ½ sticks|
|Powdered Sugar||1 ½ cups (taste the batter as you’re making it. you might like your frosting more sweet or less sweet)|
|Vanilla extract||2 tsp|
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter and flour 2 nine-inch cake pans and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
- Place butter, sugar and oil in the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Whip until light and fluffy.
- Add in eggs, one at a time. Mix until well incorporated. Add in vanilla, red food coloring and vinegar. Continue to beat until well combined.
- Turn speed down to lowest setting. Add flour mixture and buttermilk in 3 parts and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix.
- Divide into prepared pans and bake for 35 minutes. Cool completely on a rack before frosting.
- To make the frosting, whip together cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add in the vanilla and then the powdered sugar. Beat until mixture represents frosting.
- To assemble the cake, brush a bit of simple syrup onto the interior edges of the cakes. Apply a layer of frosting in the center of the cake (I also added in some strawberries in the middle layer), and then carefully place the 2nd cake layer on top. Cover the rest of the cake with frosting. Your cake is ready at this point, although, if you want to go crazy like me, you can thinly slight a bunch of strawberries and cover the entire cake with them.