Thursday, March 3, 2011

Velvety Goodness

Good morning day, dear readers.  I was going to post this in the morning, but I didn't have the pics on my flash drive, so I postponed it to the evening.  I'm tired.  Don't judge. We've almost made it through another week. Has it been a good one for you? My week has been pretty much the same as it usually is: busy. BUT!! I've been secretly obsessing over the fact that my 21-month-old, Mason, hasn't started talking. OK. Maybe not so secretly obsessing, but obsessing nonetheless. We'll hear an occasional *hi*, or what we think is a word, but we can't get him to repeat it with any sort of consistency. Then yesterday, Nate saw a hot air balloon in the sky. We turned the corner and Mason pointed up to the sky and said: "I see it!" WOOT!! So, we don't get a *first word*, we get a first PHRASE!! Finally. Little turd was driving me crazy!

I know I've been slacking on posting good-for-you recipes and I apologize.  Kinda.  Everybody needs a good dessert every now and then - just view these recipes as good-for-your-soul.  K?  K.  Anyway...I made this awesome cake for a co-worker's birthday at the beginning of February.  I asked her what kind of cake she wanted (she could choose anything) and this is what she picked.  I ended up staying home for a couple days because of the snow, so it sat in my garage until I made it in to work.  It was just as good a couple days old as it would've been that first day. 

Red Velvet Cake 
1 cup vegetable shortening
2 eggs
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 ounces red food coloring
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp distilled white vinegar
White frosting (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the shortening, eggs and sugar. In a separate small bowl, mix together the cocoa and food coloring. Add the paste to the shortening mixture. Sift the flour and salt together over parchment. Add to the batter alternately with the buttermilk in 3 additions. Add the vanilla extract. Fold in the baking soda and vinegar. Pour the batter into 2 greased 9-inch cake pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until an inserted cake tester comes out clean. Let cool on a cooling rack. Invert the cakes from the pans.

White Frosting
2 Tbsp flour
1 cup milk
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Over medium heat, cook the flour and milk until thickened. Let cool. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in the flour mixture.
Frost the top of the first layer with frosting and set the second layer on top. Frost the entire cake with remaining frosting.

NOTES:  This was the first time I'd ever made red velvet cake.  I was *shocked* at how much red food coloring goes in to the recipe - 2 ounces!  That's 2 *entire* (small) bottles!  I didn't care for this frosting.  I don't know if I didn't mix it enough, but it was kinda...I don't know how to describe just wasn't what I expected.  Not bad, but not perfect.

This was also the first time I'd ever bought buttermilk.  Little did I know I would find my ultimate pancake recipe as a result.

Now *that* is RED!  It's like bright arterial splatter blood.  Got the visual?  No?  How 'bout this?

Now you got it?  Good.  Anyway, it was *bright* red, and one of the docs said...well...I won't go in to that.  After all, this *is* a post about cake. kinda looks like cottage cheese.  Or paste.  Either way, it didn't look like frosting should look.  Maybe I didn't mix enough.  It was edible, and I guess that's all that matters.

Now in this picture, the frosting definitely looks like paste.  Or stucco.  LOL  Don't get me got the job done, but next time I'll find another recipe for the frosting.  Maybe cream cheese frosting or vanilla buttercream.  

This was so good (even as much as I'm bitching about the mediocre frosting)!!  My coworker loved it.  And so did the rest of the office.  For some reason (yeah, I can't imagine why), I'm the baker of the birthday cakes (or pies, or cookies, or whatever).  I asked who was going to make *my* cake when my birthday comes around...somebody already volunteered.  Now, we'll see if she's still around come August.

So, it's a good thing I had to wait to post this because I was going to give you the wrong recipe!  I *knew* the frosting recipe on the other link didn't look right and now I know I was right.  Ugh.  I'm tired! 


Penny said...

I've NEVER heard of putting flour in frosting. That's a new one for me. >.>

HOORAY FOR YOUR LITTLE BOY! My cousin didn't say a word to anybody until she was well beyond three years old, when my aunt walked past her room and heard her staging full on conversations between stuffed animals. -_-

Lacquer Ware for Tips and Toes said...

I've been making our family version of the red velvet cake since I was 10. I LOVE it. This one is similar but not the same. If you are interested in some tips/tricks to firm this cake up even better, email me.

It looks awesome and I bet it tasted awesome. I'm sure there is a very good reason why YOU are the birthday cake lady.

Oh, and I know little guys will talk when they're good and darned ready. Mason proved he'd been paying a lot of attention to all the communication going on in your family and cut loose when he was ready. :)

I hope you have a great and relaxing weekend!

Stray Stitches said...

I have never heard of flour in frosting either. I knew Mason was absorbing it all. Pretty soon you won't be able to shut him up :)

jennifer said...

Mason is adorable.

SilhouetteScreams said...

Haha that frosting is amazing, it still looks *really* delicious though! *grabby hands*

sara said...

That picture is so sweet. I love sleeping babies!!

And now I want red velvet cake!

Becky said...

That frosting DOES sound weird. Flour?????

ame said...

Yum!! That's a very interesting recipe!

Myya said...

I laughed out loud when you said Mason said a whole phrase instead of saying just a word. What a little turkey, he probably totally does it on purpose to drive you nuts LOL.

Mmmmm Red Velvet Cake.... YUUUMMMY!

shortmama said...

I adore red velvet cake!