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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Red Velvet Cake



Over the weekend, I baked a red velvet cake with my boyfriend and my sister helped out! Reason why I chose to bake a red velvet cake is because we found a bag of near-expiry baking ingredients in my kitchen and a container of cocoa powder was one of them. Haha.

My cake turned out awesome! Although the skin was a little charred, the inside was fluffy, moist, and yum!

The icing failed though. Heart pain! The cream cheese is not cheap yet I have to throw away most of it because the texture turned out rough. I wonder why my icing always fail one, it also failed when I used another recipe previously.

Well, here's the recipe for the cake!

CAKE INGREDIENTS:

360g sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon fine salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of baking soda
40g cocoa powder
4 tablespoons red food coloring
4 tablespoons water
230g butter
400g sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
250g buttermilk

ICING INGREDIENTS (This is the recipe I used for the icing but it failed for me. I mixed all the ingredients with electric mixer. Not sure if it will work for you. Else you can find other icing recipes online!):

170g butter
480g cream cheese
400g powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk

BAKING TIME!

YOU KNOW WHAT, as I am typing this, I realize that the original recipe wrote 350°F.... and not 350°C. Zzzzzzzzzz NO WONDER MY CAKE SKIN CHAOTAH.

So anyway, I tuned my oven to 240°C because that was my oven maximum. Totally over by around 60+ degrees. Haha.

1. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda
2. Mix cocoa powder, food coloring, water
3. Beat butter using electric mixer. Add sugar in slowly so that it can be blended into the butter evenly. Remember to scrape the sides of the bowl. Then, add eggs in one at a time. Add vanilla and add the cocoa powder mixture.
4. Add half of the flour mixture, pour buttermilk, then the rest of the flour.
5. Divide batter between two round cake pans (remember to coat with butter so that the cake won't stick to the pan). Bake in oven for 30 minutes. When a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, remove from over and cool cake on a rack.
6. Spread icing on top of one of the layer, then put another layer on top of it. If you like, you can cover the whole cake!

My original recipe was a lot more complicated but I have simplified it for you all! Have fun!

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