Saturday, February 12, 2011

In Honor of Valentine's Day

Nothing says Valentine's Day like Red Velvet Cake. The popularity of this old southern treat can be found throughout food blogs and food programs today. The basic cake consists of layers with a white, creamy frosting which offers a contrast to the deep red color of the cake. The frosting is either of a buttercream or cream cheese nature.This version is baked in a bundt or tube pan and has a cream cheese filling with a cream cheese glaze on top
Red Velvet Fusion Cake
2 ¼ cups flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
½ cup mayonnaise
1 (1oz) red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup shortening
1 ½ cup sugar
2 eggs


2 (8 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
½ cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 to 3 tablespoons milk

1.In small bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder. Set aside.
2. In separate bowl, combine buttermilk, mayonnaise, food coloring and vanilla. Set aside.
3. In mixing bowl, beat shortening until light and fluffy. Add sugar and beat until well combined. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each egg.
4. Add flour mixture alternating with buttermilk mixture.
5. In separate bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
6. Pour half of batter in greased tube cake pan. Spread cream cheese mixture on top. Top with remaining cake batter.
7. Bake 350⁰ about 1 hour to 1 ½ hours or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool.
8. Combine ingredients for glaze and drizzle over cool cake.


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