Sunday, 20 April 2008

Red Velvet cake

Little hands enjoyed decorating with some sprinkles =)

This is a cake that has long been on my list of must-make-soons. Soon can be days or years it seems, so many recipes for good things to try and not enough hours in the day. Some recipes stand the year in year out to do list though, and this is one of them. I first came across red velvet cake in some of my American cook books, and they looked like nothing I had ever seen before, then a couple of months before I joined the Daring Bakers they covered this cake (choose whichever Red Velvet recipe you like), and I wanted to make it more that ever!
Hubby said this looks very much like quattro red paint!

Last week a new cookbook arrived, I ordered it after hearing Maria raving about it, and here are three recipes from the same book from Maria, Rosie and Margaret. The book today is Cakes Galore by Valerie Barrett. A paperback book with, well, you know cakes galore! I saw the red velvet cake and I knew its time had come, so I ordered some red food colouring paste, and here it is.

I’m not shy of using colouring in icings, but it did feel a little bit over the top using so much, my little one loved the redness of it, and it tasted good, it was just a bit odd eating something so red! I’m glad I made it though, and now I have crossed something off my to make list.

I’ve been tagged three times this week, and thank you to Elle, Vi, Sandy and Anna. I’m a bit embarrassed that I have not done three I received last year, so I’ll work backwards and hopefully get them all done over the next few posts!
Vi’s and Sandy's tag is to describe yourself in six words, following on from Brenda’s lead I asked Hubby and this is what he said:

Trustworthy
Beautiful
Caring
Intelligent
Emotional
Gentle
I’m passing this one onto anyone on my Places I Like to Visit who would like to do this =)

26 comments:

KJ said...

I have never made red velvet cake either. I just love the name. It just sounds so lovely. Your cake looks so soft and fluffy and delicious.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

There is nothing that looks quite as a amazing as a red velvet cake, especially to a child. Hope it tasted every bit as delicious as it looks.

Chris said...

I started making Red Velvet when I moved to Georgia...good way to impress an cute southern man! :) This looks wonderful!

And, thanks for your message on The Perfect Pantry. I wonder why you get locked out? Blogger! I will email someone to see if I can find out why. But, I so appreciate your efforts in trying to visit me! :)

Maria said...

Wow oh wow Kelly! This is one beautiful cake and I adore the redness of the sponge. I have always wanted to bake this cake too and the one in cakes galore really caught my eye!

Thanks for mentioning me in your post ;o)

Maria
x

Rosie said...

K.J this looks an amazing Red Velvet cake!! Just look at that perfect redness of the sponge - wonderful!!

I have a little something for you on my blog :)

Rosie x

Rosie said...

K.J forgot to say a huge thank you for mentioning me in your post :D

Rosie x

Bellini Valli said...

I have yet to try a Red Velvet cake, but it is on my list too:D

Anna said...

KJ, what a beautiful cake, and oh my! what RED batter! :-)

Looking forward to seeing your top 10 food pics, I just know they're going to be great!
xxx

Aran said...

red velvet is so classic and playful... i love it. the crumb looks great!!

Sylvie said...

I have never made Red Velvet Cake, but after hearing about it on the web, I finally saw some in NYC. For some reason I didn't buy any though, so maybe it's time I gave it a try at home.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm glad you did because now I have found yours!

Nickki said...

That is one stunning looking cake, I just love the colour! I've ordered Cakes Galore from Amazon, I can't wait for it to arrive! :)

Deborah said...

I just made my first red velvet earlier this month - in cupcake form. I really liked it - but I agree, it's kind of crazy adding that much coloring!! This book sounds like a fun one!

violets said...

Kelly Jane,

Your red velvet cake is beautiful, I love how amazing red the batter is, I need to have a go too.



Vi xx

Rhyleysgranny said...

It looks wonderful Red Velvet Cake has long held a fascination for me. I have just not had the courage to try it. Your's looks amazing. Well done.
xxx

Margaret said...

Pleased you have cooked something from this book. I too looked at the Red Velvet Cake after seeing that the Daring Bakers had made this sometime ago. I think the red dye might have frightened me! It really does look an eyecatching cake.

Priscilla said...

Wow, what RED batter that is! Looks good, I haven't had Red Velvet Cake a lot, but when I did, it was the best!

Cynthia said...

Oh my, what rich colour.

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

What a beautiful cake :) Love that red colour!

Sandy said...

So pretty, and I love how you decorated it too. Those little hands can be quite helpful in the kitchen. :)

Mrs. L said...

I too, have always wanted to make a Red Velvet Cake. Your's looks very tasty and I love the little sprinkles on top!

Lina said...

wow! That looks so good! It looks so red and romantic~!

Kelly-Jane said...

Thank you all for your comments :)

KJxx

vonsachsen said...

This far I´ve only made Red Velvet Muffins but the layer cake style I still want to do, especially now on seeing yours. It really looks wonderful.

Cakespy said...

SHUT UP! Red Velvet is one of my absolute favorites. Yum. This looks simply gorgeous!

Vicky (victoria sponge) said...

I've always wanted to make red velvet cake. I first saw it on MTV's newlyweds. Jessica Simpson had it as part of her wedding cake. Yours looks beautiful.
Vicky xxx

Carlo said...

Good Job! :)