Red Velvet Cake has achieved celebrity status these last couple of years in Manila. Almost all home bakers are offering this on their menu. It is a hit to both adults and kids alike.
You gotta hand it to people from the Southern US for coming up with this delightful concoction. Where on earth can you find a cake that when you slice into it will reveal a richly red cake that will no doubt stain your lips and teeth? And the cream cheese frosting that covers it...simply divine.
Of all the recipes for red velvet cake I tried, the one from Cupcake Bakeshop by Chockylit
is the one for me. She did a lot of research to perfect the recipe and I think she did an excellent job. This cake is moist with a tender crumb and the rich red color is fantastic.
This is not really a chocolate cake. The addition of cocoa powder is done only to enhance the dark red color because you can't actually taste the chocolate.
For the cream cheese frosting, I used my own recipe:
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 cups confectioner's powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla extract. Continue beating until you get a smooth and fluffy icing.
Whether you make cupcakes or a whole cake with the recipe, it will surely be a hit. Trust me.