Vibrant Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake with Peppermint Cream Cheese Icing

Valentine’s Day,  Saint Patrick’s Day, any day is a perfect opportunity to bake for that special person in your life!  When looking for a ridiculously yummy and festive (works for just about any holiday) dessert look no further than a delectable Velvet Cake.

A fabulous cake with a funny name, the Red Velvet Cake (its traditional colour)  offers its devotees a moist, chocolate flavour with a glorious cherry/mahogany colour.  This cake is unlike anything you are likely to have had before.  The buttermilk and vinegar help lighten and flavour this beauty with something very special.

Whilst tradition does dictate that this cake is prepared using red food colouring, this need not restrict your creativity.  A green, blue or purple velvet cake will taste just as nice, just beware your tongue may take on a strange hue.

Velvet Cake

  • 1 1/2 C Sugar
  • 2 C Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 25mL (1Oz) Food Colouring (red, green, blue – you choose)
  • 1 tsp White Vinegar
  • 2 1/2 C Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 C Buttermilk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Cream sugar and oil using an electric mixer
  • Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition
  • Add food colouring and vinegarMixing Red Velvet Cake
  • In a separate bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt
  • Add flour mix to sugar mix alternately with buttermilk  until just mixed (beginning and ending with flour mix)
  • Stir in vanilla
  • Pour batter into prepared cake/cupcake tin
  • Bake at 180C (350F) until a wooden pick inserted in the centre of the cake/cupcake comes out clean.  Cupcake take approx 18 minutes.  Cakes take 30- 40 minutes depending on your oven.
  • Remove fro pan and cool on wire rack

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1pk Cream Cheese (Softened)
  • 100-125g Unsalted Butter (Softened)
  • 500g (1lb) Icing Sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1tsp Vanilla
  • Cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.  *You really can not overdue this step – the longer you allow your butter and cream cheese to cream the better the consistency
  • Add vanilla
  • Slowly add icing sugar
  • Red Velvet Cake with Peppermint Cream Cheese Icing

*If you’re looking for a way to jazz up your icing I have found that adding a teaspoon of mint essence is fabulous.  Crushed up candy canes are another festive addition.

Inspiration for this recipe from:  Christmas with  Southern Living 2004 Cookbook


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One Response to Vibrant Velvet Cake

  1. Red velvet is one of my favorite cakes. Yours looks beautiful with the crushed candy canes on the icing. Lovely!

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