This recipe is from Jane’s Patisserie, I’d looked at lots and this seemed a more manageable recipe in terms of its method and ingredients. It’s not a too difficult bake, just lots of stages. But it does make the most delicious frosting that I was literally eating the leftovers from the bowl until I felt ill!
In hindsight, it’s not as red as I’d have hoped even though I used slightly more colouring than the recipe asked for, so if you have a go bear this in mind. Although Wikipedia has Red Velvet Cake described as “a cake with either a dark red, bright red or red-brown color. It is traditionally prepared as a layer cake topped with cream cheese.”
What you’ll need:
For the cake
300g caster sugar
2 large eggs
30g cocoa powder
3tsp red food colouring
1tsp vanilla extract
300g plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
2tsp white vinegar
For the frosting
150g butter, room temperature
450g icing sugar
2-3tbsp whole milk or double cream
180g cream cheese
What you do:
Preheat your oven to 170°c and grease and line 2 cake tins.
Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy. Then gradually beat in the egg.
In a separate bowl, mix the cocoa powder, red colouring and vanilla to a smooth paste. Mine didn’t want to mix to a paste so I added a couple of drops of milk.
Add the red chocolate mixture to the egg/sugar bowl, and mix well.
Ideally do the next bit in stages, half buttermilk, mix, half flour, mix and repeat. Lastly, add in the bicard and vinegar and watch it fizz…….
Split between the 2 tins and bake for approx 30 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
While the cakes cool, make the frosting by beating the butter until creamy and gradually adding in the icing sugar. Add in the cream or milk until smooth. Beat in the cream cheese, again until smooth. This makes THE BEST cream cheese frosting it will be my go to recipe for..ever!!
If your cakes aren’t flat, you might want to trim them before layering. Now layer up your cakes and decorate if required.
This recipe suggested using cake crumbs to decorate, but I didn’t have any as I hadn’t trimmed my cakes so I used some chocolate sprinkly things.
Enjoy! Till next time….