Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Little Red Velvet Cakes


I am so happy with this beautiful picture I made my header for this post. It was one of those gasp moments you have as a Mum; when your child just does something that is so fleeting and lovely and you happen to have a camera nearby to record it. What a girly image! Mine forever now. (Celeste moved off her stool like lightning when she saw the camera a split second later!)

I have been baking red velvet cakes this week. I haven't made red velvet anything, ever and finally I succumbed to the allure of these stunning little cakes. I am so glad that I did!

If you are not familiar with the red velvet thing, let me explain that these cakes are basically a rich red colour in appearance which gives a beautiful depth to the chocolate within. The velvet being the smooth texture of the cake - no cocoa bite, just smooth, smooth, smooth.
They're oh so good with lemon cream cheese frosting spread on top. (What is not good with lemon cream cheese frosting? Cream cheese frosting on its own is a meal in itself isn't it?)
There were no children licking the bowl when I made the topping - that's strictly Mummy's treat.

Give these a try and watch your popularity rise. My kids loved them and I think we officially have a new 'must bake more often' recipe in the house. Hooray!

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

75 grams margarine,
3/4 cup of caster sugar,
1 egg,
1/4 cup of light cocoa (for best results use a lighter cocoa to pick up the red effect),
1 teaspoon of Pillar Box Red food colouring,
1 1/2 cups of plain flour,
1 teaspoon of baking powder,
1 cup of milk,

1 teaspoon of white vinegar,
1/2 teaspoon of bi-carb soda.

Cream together the margarine, sugar and egg, then add the cocoa, baking powder, milk, food colouring, and flour.

Once combined, mix the vinegar and bi-carb soda together and then add to the batter mix and stir.

 
Divide the mixture evenly into a patty pan lined 12 cup baking tray and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before cooling on a wire rack.
 
 
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
 
1, 250 gram package of Philadelphia cream cheese (I used fat reduced).
Half a lemon juiced and finely grated peel to taste for extra zing,
1/2 a cup of soft icing mixture (or to taste).
 
Soften the cream cheese to room temperature and place in a mixer and add the other ingredients and mix well.
Ice your cakes with a spatula or make them fancy by piping the frosting on and enjoy immediately.
 
 
The cakes appear a deep brown on their baked surface and are a beautiful shade of deep red within.
Recipe makes 12 but there's enough frosting for two batches if you wish to do it all again.
I did actually make two batches as I was not happy with the intensity of my red cakes the first time. I used a very dark cocoa which cancelled out the red colour a lot. I think the paler cocoa is definitely the way to go for a really wow result. I would have loved an even redder effect however so maybe next time I am passing a specialty cake store, I might purchase a very high quality red food colouring.
Got any suggestions for a brand worth trying? Please let me know.

 
The lippy look - Celeste helped with the dishes and looks all retro swish wearing the batter.
(Love the pink beauty spot too.)
 
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Have you ever baked something Red Velvet?
What did you bake and how did it turn out?
 
 
 
 

32 comments:

  1. Look delicious! I have never tried red velvet cake, I really should!

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    1. Get baking Holly and send me a pic from Canada!

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  2. I love eating red velvet cakes, but have never made them myself but they look fairly easy to make. How cute is Celeste with her lippy? Something my girls would do for sure too as they love to help me bake.

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    1. I don't know why I had never tried baking them - I think they looked too difficult but this is clearly not the case! Baking with the colouring was fun too. Yes, your babies would love these. :D

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  3. Oooh yes that is such a precious photo! Glad you managed to capture that shot!

    P.S. I love red velvet too :)

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. Thanks Hun! You manage to capture many good shots of your little princess too.

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  4. I love your pictures of Celeste! I tried my very first Red Velvet cake on the weekend. It was delicious. Not something, I would bake though, as it is just not possible to make with adding colours to it. The icing, however, I will be sure to try! I have so many lemons at home, and we make our own cream cheese, so this will be good and easy. xS

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    1. Wow! You make your own cream cheese - can I please have the recipe - or you can blog it! I enjoyed my first red velvet cake on the weekend at the same event as you :D. You could always try these as just plain choc without the colouring as an alternative too. Consider them just velvet cakes that way. x

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  5. I made red velvet cupcakes for our daughters 16th earlier this year. They were a gorgeous red colour, but I wasn't that impressed with the taste. Not that they were bad, I think I was just expecting something with a wow factor like the colour!

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    1. I know what you mean. Cake is basically cake isn't it. I guess you could try beetroot chocolate cake for taste and colour as an alternative. The colour is the spesh thing though.

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  6. I love red velvet cakes, they are one of my favourites and yours looks like a great version. Love the photo too!

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    1. Thanks Danielle. I had never tasted red velvet cake before until I made these so it has been fun :D.

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  7. Yum, I am in the baking mood and these look amazing!! Might have to see whats in the cupboard!!

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    1. Ann that is exactly how these came about! I didn't have red colouring at the time so I used pink before I finally purchased my first ever bottle of red food colouring. I was actually excited about it. (Which may or may not be sad?!)

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  8. I still have tried making red velvet anything either but def should try. The pic of your baby with the batter on her face is too cute!

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    1. Hehe! It's cute isn't it. As she grows she is watching the bigger ones fight over these things (like spoon licking), and has learned that this must be a good thing.

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  9. Oh I've been looking for a great recipe with a light coloured icing for a birthday this week. I'll give this a go!
    What brand of cocoa power did you use?

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    1. I used Cadbury Bourneville Cocoa Jess. Nice and pale for the task. Good luck!

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  10. Your making me feel bad about the fact that I pretty much bake.. nothing! Well nothing sweet anyway, I do make a mean sausage roll. I need to start baking some cupcakes next week though because I need to do an elimination test for bub before we finalise her birthday cake ingredients. Its so hard having a baby with allergies.

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    1. Good luck with that. You should share that sausage roll recipe too. "D

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  11. Welcome to the world of red velvet, aren't they just divine! Your photos are just beautiful too x

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  12. Shame on me for never doing this I know my kids would get a kick out of it and the hubby would love me for it x

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    1. Add this to your list of school holiday activities - they are so easy for kids to make.

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  13. My sister quite likes baking a red velvet cake. The colouring is so effective and they taste great too. How gorgeous are both the first and last photos. You have to be quick with the camera, don't you?!

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    1. Yes Renee, I had to sneak the picture. Celeste is very excited by my camera these days and rushes to see my pictures which is making me have to use lots of stealth for the perfect shot!

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  14. You were so lucky to catch those gorgeous photos, Jody! Red velvet is always special, isn't it? :)

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  15. I do like red velvet cupcakes (how could you not?) but all the Winter lemony goodness like in cream cheese frosting, or chocolate is my kryptonite!#teamIBOT

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  16. Yum, yum, yum. I admit I never really got the appeal of Red Velvet cakes. I was like, 'so what, it's red'. That was until I tried one.. #mindblown !

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  17. Jodie Farnsworth2 July 2014 at 15:50

    They look yummo! I have never tried red velvet cakes before. Thanks for sharing I will have to give these a go with the kids.

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  18. Never cooked a red velvet cake, and it never occurred to me that it was just red food colouring! I always thought there was a bit involved with them, have to have a go. Cream cheese frosting is so good, something I haven't introduced the kids too either! I am guessing they will love it :)

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