Posts Tagged ‘Red Velvet Cake

26
Apr
10

Oh, No, You Didn’t!

Probably falls under the category of a mortal sin

 

Oh yes, I did!  I combined three of my most popular cakes into one.  If there is indeed a hell, I just know there is a big fat red devil with his pitch fork poised, just waiting for me to drop in with this cake.  It’s definitely a cross between heaven and hell.  Heavenly to behold, sweet, moist and rich in the mouth.  Hella hard to resist.  Oh, I’m sure it’s off the charts in fat grams and calories, but who’s counting?  I totally envision the angel and devil routine, each one  perched on my shoulders and whispering in my ear.  Devil -“Go ahead, eat it!  No one is looking!”  Angel – “Oh, my, all those calories!  All that fat!”  Devil – “Don’t listen to her.  You can eat whatever you want.  You deserve it.”  Angel – “It does look delicious.  Maybe just one eensy, teensy bite.”  Devil – “Screw that!  Eat it all.  Now!”  At this point I shake the Angel off my shoulder, give the Devil a conspiratory wink and devour that one way ticket to diet damnation with no remorse.   

If you can’t tell by the picture, the bottom layer is Chocolate Buttermilk Cake, the center layer is, are you ready?, Vanilla Mascarpone Cheesecake (!)and the top layer is Red Velvet Cake.  If that isn’t sinful enough, I frosted it all with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting.  Yeah, it’s even better than it sounds.   

Wanna see how it’s assembled?  OK, since you asked, here goes:   

I baked a 9 inch Chocolate Buttermilk Cake, a 9 inch crustless Vanilla Mascarpone Cheesecake and a 9″ Red Velvet Cake.  The cheese cake was baked the day before the other two cakes were made so it could get good and set up in the refrigerator.   

Bottom Layer - Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

 

Here is the bottom chocolate layer with a thin layer of the frosting.  Yeah, I do call that thin. 

The center cheesecake layer

 

I unmolded the crustless cheesecake directly on top of the frosted chocolate layer.  The parchment paper is still attached in this photo, that’s why the bottom (or top, here) of the cheesecake looks wrinkly.  Don’t forget to remove the parchment before frosting the cheesecake layer.  The only reason I mention this is I actually started frosting this after I snapped the photo and then stopped myself.  Fortunetly it’s really easy to remove frosting from cheesecake when it has parchment on it!  Yes, sometimes I am a dork.  

Frosted cheesecake layer

 

Ok, so then I spread a layer of frosting on top of the cheesecake layer, after first removing the parchment paper!  This was the first time I had ever frosted a cheesecake and it glided on there smooth as proverbial silk.  

Last but not least, the top layer, Red Velvet

 

I placed the Red Velvet layer on top and then frosted the whole, beautiful creation.  By the way, I leveled both of the cake layers with a serrated knife before frosting, duh.  

Here's the finished product

 

I made the executive decision not to do my usual piping top and bottom borders.  The true attraction of this cake is on the inside.   

Is the devil whispering in your ear yet?

 

I wish the Red Velvet cake crumbs didn’t get drug across the cheesecake layer.  I used a sharp hot knife and cleaned it between cuts, but I still got crumb dregs.  Well, this was just an inspiration I came up with and thought I drive it around the block a few times until I come up the perfect rendition of this cake.  Not bad for a proto type, though, eh? 

So, what do you reckon, am I going to hell, or what? 

ps:   We did not eat this whole cake ourselves.  Katie and I shared the piece that appears in the picture next to the whole cake.  I sent almost half of the cake to work with Katie and I took almost the other half to my job.  The photo at the beginning of this post was kept at our house, for us to enjoy and share with a couple of lucky people who came by that weekend.

09
Feb
10

I left my Heart…………

On top of this cake!

Red Velvet Cake with Pink Tinted Cream Cheese Frosting

Friday, February 5th was National Wear Red for Women’s Heart Health Awareness Day.  Katie and I went to a party that evening dressed head to toe in RED.  The theme of the party was, of course, wear red day.    Almost every person in attendance was decked out in some variation of red.  No one was as red as Katie and I though.  We both wore red dresses.  Katie had white thigh high stockings with red bows on the front (so cute!) and I had red tights.  I even had a chance to wear my sparkly ruby red slippers!  I have little feet and wear a size 4 1/2 in girls size.  I always love it when I see little girls wearing the glittery red shoes.  When I spied a pair in my size at Target one day, I had to buy them.  Finally, a chance to actually wear them! 

And of course, I had to out do myself and bake a Red Velvet Cake for the  occasion.

Everyone oohed and ahhed as I removed the lid of my cake carrier.  “You are so sweet” cooed the party’s hostess.  It’s so pretty and pink!  “Wait until you see the inside” I told them.  A few of them had never had Red Velvet cake so they were curious to try it.

Sweet details up close

Katie and I went downstairs to the party room and remained there for a couple of hours, enjoying party activities.  When our tummies and brains told us it was time to return to the kitchen for some cake and coffee, we ascended the stairs.  We could hear a lot of chatter and laughter in the kitchen.  It appeared that most of the party guests had congregated in the kitchen.  I looked in the direction of where I had left the cake and the spot was vacant.  I announced that we came for cake and coffee.  A room full of people starred at us with a mixed group expression of deer-in head-lights and guilt.  “You didn’t get any cake?”  Nope.  “Ah, there’s none left”  “Sorry”  “It was so good!  Absolutely amazing!  The best cake ever!”

One of the gentlemen sheepishly slunk into the living room and returned with a small sliver of cake.  “I hid it for later, but you can have it”  Katie started to protest but I grabbed for the plate.  “Thank you!”  I said, proceeded to pour us some coffee and settle into that sweet pink and red goodness.  Man, it truly was good cake!

My only regret is that I did not get a photo of a slice of cake to share with you.  It was so pretty.  Guess I’ll just have to bake another one……..”wink!”




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