Friday, February 26, 2010

Red Velvet Cakes

I read the amazing blog Delicious Delicious Delicious (one of my favourites) and saw the recipe for red velvet cupcakes.  I had heard of these before but wasn't sure about trying them, but after reading Mr P's glowing recommendations (and the fact that they looked good enough to eat off the screen) I thought I would give them a go.

I am soooo glad I did, this recipe is amazing. The uncooked batter has the consistancy of a chocolate mousse and is nice enough to eat on it's own.  I did restrain myself but it took a lot of effort.  The cooked cakes are the lightest fluffiest cakes ever.

I made these for my sister's birthday, and as she is a bit of a fan of pink and purple I adjusted the colour accordingly.  I know the cake is sensational enough on it's own and doesn't need decoration but it was her birthday and I was going all out.

This was also my first attempt at sugar flowers.  If I may make a suggestion, doing this on a 38 degree day is not the smartest move.  Something I learned the hard way.  The flowers are not great but my sister liked them and that is all that mattered.

To make the flowers I made a batch of royal icing, which is basically egg whites and icing sugar.  This hardens up nicely when you are done, but is very sticky in the heat.

Royal Icing
2 egg whites
4 cups icing sugar

I also bought a few pink sugar decorations and sparkles (which I am building up a collection of) just to top them off.

I have made these a few times now once even in red.


  1. Hey! Are you forgetting the red velvet cupcakes I made for Father's Day last year? Or did you mean trying to cook them? Yours do look cuter though.

    Other things it's not great to do in above 30 degree heat: making truffles, trying to roll out cookie dough (found that out today), and making ice cream.

  2. I wasn't there for Fathers Day last year. I never saw your red velvet cakes :(

  3. I love them! My thought was to do green ones for St. Patrick's Day. But the purple is much better, and I'm not Irish. :)

    The glitters are lovely!

  4. love the glitter. yeh, the heat can be a long as ur sis loved them, plus they are great for a first attempt,i wouldnt have known!