Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Red Velvet Craze

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.

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