I love love love love Red Velvet cake. Ever since I bought some from Cupcake Central here in Melbourne a year back for the first time I was in love. So I bought some Red Velvet cake mix. Yummo but I have been wanting to try them from scratch and when I received my 'Cake Boss' cookbook - lo and behold there is a recipe in there for it. So I thought I would make them before my second lot of Buttermilk doesn't go bad.
Seeing my middle child was home sick from school today due to an extremely sore throat I thought I would make them as he wants to be the chef. I used half the recipe as it actually makes 2 x 9inch cakes or 24 cupcakes but I didn't want to make that much.
The below recipe is the full recipe not what I used. I halved the quantities - yep I put in half an egg.
Red Velvet Cake from 'Baking with the Cake Boss'Ingredients:1 1/4 cups vegetable shortening - I used Crisco2 cups sugar1 tablespoon (TBS) unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder (I used normal)4 1/2 teaspoons (ts) red food colouring gel3 cups of cake flour1 1/4 ts salt1 1/4 ts vanilla extract1 1/4 ts baking soda1 1/4 ts white vinegar3 extra large eggs1 1/4 cups buttermilk- Something to grease the pansMethod:Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius1. Put shortening, sugar, cocoa, food colouring, flour, salt, vanilla, baking soda and vinegar in a stand mixer with paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until mixed, then raise speed to medium for about a minute.2. Add eggs - one at a time and mix for about 1 minute each until mixture absorbs them. Add the buttermilk in two portions - make sure you scrap the sides between each addition.3. Grease your baking dish or cupcakes pan (I just used patties and skipped this step).4. Divide the batter into your pans - for the mini cupcakes I used 1 teaspoon for each one and the big ones 1 ice cream scoop each.5. For 9inch cake bake for 35-40mins - mini cupcakes bake for 10mins and big cupcakes for 18mins.Ice with cream cheese frosting.Cream Cheese Frosting1/4 cup butter1 cup icing sugar250g block cream cheese1/2 teaspoon vanillaMix butter and cream cheese together until well mixedAdd vanilla and mix. Add icing sugar in batches (1/4 cup at a time if you can) and mix each batch for about a minute. Put on cupcakes and put in fridge or serve straight away. As it has cream cheese you can't leave out.