Wednesday, July 30, 2008

iFeliz Cumpleanos!

So, yesterday was Marc's birthday, and we celebrated by baking a Red Velvet cake. This was my first attempt at making a Red Velvet cake, so I was a bit insecure, and unsure of the recipe we were using (see below for complete recipe). Nonetheless, it turned out alright. Next time I would try a recipe that had a smoother taste - this recipe was a bit crumbly. That didn't stop Marc from icing the cake though . . . .

We had such a good time baking - despite our lack of cake pans and spatulas (hence the knife being used to apply the frosting). Here is a look at the finished product, birthday candles and all (courtesy of Marc's mom):

Red Velvet Cake Recipe
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 ounces red food coloring
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease 2 (9-inch) cake pans. In a medium bowl sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk. Beat in food coloring and vinegar, then add vanilla. Spread the batter evenly in the pans.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool before frosting.
For the frosting, since Marc wasn't too keen on the idea of cream-cheese frosting, we cheated and used pre-packaged vanilla frosting. Hey, it was still delicious!

Does anyone have any different Red Velvet cake recipes?

Onto our next project . . . .

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