the first dessert I baked for my then-fiance was red velvet cake, and he was hooked...I love to cook, and my 3 daughters are following in my footsteps. This is a collection of recipes that we love. Feel free to comment - good, bad, indifferent - if you try any, let me know how they turn out.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Red Velvet Cake - how it all started

I love this story :) Before we got engaged, my husband had an admirer who loved to cook. For Valentine's Day she made him a heart-shaped red velvet cake, complete w/heart Red Hots candies on top. He sheepishly brought it to a church gathering that night, and we all enjoyed a laugh at his discomfort. That Easter, I decided to surprise him with a Red Velvet Cake, which he fondly calls RVC. I was up at dawn that morning, baking away, and here is the recipe. I will be entering a cake next month at the county fair, and I'm using this recipe. **And guess what? I won first prize for my red velvet cake at the fair!

Red Velvet Cake - recipe from Carolyn Love

Sift together:
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Cream together:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 eggs

Mix dry ingredients into creamed mixture; add:
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 oz. red food coloring (I've used 1 oz. and it is fine, although not as brilliantly red)
*If you want to omit the red, it turns out fine - sort of tan-ish - just add 2 oz of water

Mix well; pour into 2 9-inch greased cake pans. Bake at 350' 30-45 minutes.

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, soft
1 lb. (4 cups)  powdered sugar

Mix until smooth; add 1 teaspoon vanilla. (Makes enough to cover layers and top)

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