Last week I promised you a month of ‘Sweet Treats’ for February. Although I have a very sweet tooth I don’t have a large repertoire of sweet or dessert recipes, so I’ve asked a couple of my fellow Kiwi Mummy Bloggers to share some of their favourite sweet recipes. Today we are in for a real treat with the delicious looking Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing from Lydia at alwaysmadewithlove.co.nz I asked her to give us a special treat for Valentine’s Day, and she sure did deliver! I only wish I could get the real thing!
Hello! My name is Lydia and I blog over at Always Made With Love. My blog is all about motherhood, kids, lifestyle, crafts, DIY and food. I’m excited and honored to be guest blogging here today at Mummy do it for fellow Kiwi Mummy blogger, Karen.
I’m going to start by putting it out there… I love being in the kitchen! Now before you get the wrong idea, I do not under any circumstances mean in the doing the dishes / cleaning sort of way; but more importantly or most importantly (in my books, anyway) the cooking / baking / making / creating one. I love cooking and baking. And I love food so it seems only fitting to share with you a favourite recipe from my kitchen to yours and just in time for Valentine’s Day too (I might add). I seriously can not think of a better way to start the weekend than by indulging in a thick slice, or two or three, (heck, just have the whole thing) of Red Velvet Cake.
Red Velvet Cake is one of our household’s top three favourite cakes, other contenders are this Butter Cake and Chocoholic Choccie Cake. It is however, hands down my husband’s favourite and MOST requested cake for me to bake.
There is something about this gorgeous, vibrant cake that just feels special; it feels like a celebration; a party in itself.
Part of the magic of this cake is the flavour, the subtle combination of chocolate, vanilla and buttermilk make this cake a flavour all on its own. This recipe is dense, yet soft with a lovely moist crumb and my favourite part, the part I can’t seem to go past, the most important part of any cake (of course) is the silky cream cheese icing. These two are a match made in cake heaven.
Now this cake is perfect just the way it is, or for an extra decadent version you could also top with roughly chopped malteasers – YUM!
- 300g (10oz) sugar
- 250g (8oz) plain flour
- 250ml (8fl oz) buttermilk (or milk)
- 125g (4oz) butter, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 teaspoon red food colouring gel
- For the Icing (makes HEAPS)
- 600g (20oz) icing sugar
- 500g (16oz) cream cheese
- 125g (4oz) butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
- Heat the oven to 175c. Grease and line two cake tins with baking paper.
- In a bowl, sift together the flour, salt and cocoa powder, then put to one side.
- In another bowl, mix together the buttermilk/milk and food colouring, before also putting to one side.
- Whip the butter for 1-2 minutes until soft. Add in the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time before adding the vanilla essence.
- In the following order add in: One third of the flour mixture, one half of the buttermilk/milk, one half of the remaining flour, the remaining buttermilk/milk, the remaining flour.
- Beat the baking soda into the cake mix, followed by the vinegar. Quickly pour the cake mix into the two cake tins and spread the mixture evenly.
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through. Leave them to cool for 5 minutes, then turn them out of their tins. Remove the baking paper and allow to cool completely.
- Prepare the Icing: Beat together the cream cheese and butter until light, fluffy and smooth. Slowly add icing sugar in portions, then beat in the vanilla essence.
- Let's assemble the cake! Stick the two halves of the cake together with a thick layer of icing, then smother the cake in the rest of the icing.
Have you made Red Velvet Cake before? Do you think you might give this recipe a go? If you do, I would love to know what you think…
Happy Valentine’s Day (for Sunday) you love bugs!
Thank you so much for that Lydia. My mouth is watering – how did you know Red Velvet Cake was my new favourite?
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