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rainy day red velvet cake

4.28.2010

It’s raining outside (again) and it feels very much like a 'stay home in pj’s and bake red velvet cake' kind of day. Only that’s not what I’m doing... I’m stuck in a cube at work. Can someone help me out? Bake this cake and let me live vicariously though you, or show up at my office and bring me a piece. Your choice.

{recipe & image via joy the baker}

Red Velvet Cake with Fluffy White Frosting
makes 2 8-inch or 9-inch round cakes

Ingredients
8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 egg
5 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 Tablespoons red food coloring mixed with 2 Tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8-inch or 9-inch round cake pans. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Turn mixer to high and add the eggs. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.

In a separate bowl mix together cocoa, vanilla and red food coloring to make a thick paste. Add to the batter, mixing thoroughly until completely combined. You may need to stop the mixer to scrape the bottom of the bowl, making sure that all the batter gets color.

Turn mixer to low and slowly add half of the buttermilk. Add half of the flour and salt and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour. Beat on high until smooth.

Turn mixer to low and add baking soda and white vinegar. Turn to high and beat a few more minutes.

Spoon batter into prepared cake pans and bake for 25-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center cupcake comes out clean.

Let rest in the pan for 20 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

Fluffy Seven Minute Frosting

Ingredients
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Directions
In large metal bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup water, sugar, egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt. Set bowl over pan of barely simmering water and mix with handheld electric mixer at low speed. Gradually increase speed to high, beating until mixture holds stiff peaks, about 5 minutes.

Transfer bowl from pan to folded kitchen towel on counter and continue beating until mixture is cool and billowy, about 2 minutes more. Beat in vanilla. (Frosting can be made 4 hours ahead and chilled, covered.)

heather (April 28, 2010 at 11:17 AM)  

Whoever is making the cake for you, can swing by my house with a piece or two also! I LOVE RED VELVET CAKE!! :-) Thanks for the recipe!

Ana (April 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM)  

My I love that cake! I am officially craving a piece.

Caroline (April 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM)  

Red Velvet cupcakes and cakes are my ultimate favorite things!!! I love pairing them with cream cheese frosting. Yay for cakes. xo

Christina Dann (April 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM)  

What a great idea. Alas, I too am stuck in my office looking out the rainy window today :(

Sandi (April 28, 2010 at 11:27 PM)  

Yum! Will it ever stop raining?!

Kelley at My Island Wedding (April 29, 2010 at 8:48 AM)  

YOU ARE SO COOL! Now I have to get some ingredients!

(TELL me you are entering my new inspiration board contest!!! You know who my favorite boards come from! 'Ya Mon!)

Hope all is well.
-kelley

Sarah Jane (May 6, 2010 at 7:27 AM)  

wow!!! i really really want to make this now, and the tres leche cake looks so yummy too. it's only morning and i'm getting a sweet craving already;)

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