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Red Velvet Cake by geordiegirl on 25 August 2007 5:45pm
At the risk of turning Palinstravels into 'Homes & Gardens' (but then this IS Blathering On, as others helpfully point out) we've now cobbled together a recipe and actually cooked a Red Velvet Cake, thanks to ideas inspired here.

If anyone would like this recipe, I'll be happy to post it.
Re: Red Velvet Cake by suzulu on 25 August 2007 7:10pm
I am curious! Do post the recipe.
Re: Red Velvet Cake by tucsonmike on 25 August 2007 8:00pm
I would be interested, Linda.
Re: Red Velvet Cake by kazzzz on 26 August 2007 8:07am
Mmmmm it sounds lovely! I just made Kathryn a 15th birthday cake (her bday was a couple of days ago but party tonight), it didn't look like red velvet though, more of a pink cyclone.
Re: Red Velvet Cake by geordiegirl on 27 August 2007 5:57pm
Hope Kathryn has a good party, Kazzz. I bet the pink-cyclone cake is good!
Suze & Mike, beetroot-juice is available from Whole Earth stores (Suze, there's a lovely new one opened on Kensington High Street, check it out. 3 floors of good natural foods!
Re: Red Velvet Cake by johnnythemonkey on 27 August 2007 6:11pm
At least when Karen drops her latest sprog, she will have an instant babysitter now that K is 15. I know what my Marianne's reaction to nappies would be!
We're thinking of you Karen.
Re: Red Velvet Cake by geordiegirl on 27 August 2007 6:13pm
OK folks here we go:

8 oz flour, 4 oz butter, 4 oz sugar
2 LARGE eggs, seperated, whites beaten until stiff
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 fluid ounces buttermilk
About 4 fl. oz beetroot juice(Suze, this is available at the great new Whole Earth store on kensington High Street)
8 inch cake tin

Cream together butter/sugar, add egg yolks & beat again.
IN a seperate bowl, blend together, until they form a paste, the cocoa powder/beetroot juice, and add this mixture to the other mixture (it can be in a food processor at this stage)
Add flour, and mix well again.

Transfer to clean bowl. Add beaten egg whites, and mix well: then buttermilk, and mix well.
Spread this mixture into greased cake tin & cook for about 35 minutes, @ 180 degrees/c. (electric oven measurement)

Now comes the exciting bit. When cake is cold, remove from tin, cut in half and add the frosting.

1 small tub (200 grams - 6 oz?) Philadelphia cream cheese
icing sugar, 1 tablespoonful & honey to taste.
Mix this all together & spread over cut halves of cake: sandwich together & spread more on top.
Leave cake in fridge for 1-2 hours for frosting to set. The beetroot juice will start to permeate the frosting!
Well, it tastes pretty good, and is just a sponge-cake variant, really.
(I cobbled this together from googling 'red velvet cake')
Good luck!

Re: Red Velvet Cake by suzulu on 28 August 2007 1:42am
Thanks, Linda! It sounds scrumptious! I will also check out the new Whole Earth store n Kensington High Street.
Re: Red Velvet Cake by tucsonmike on 28 August 2007 3:31am
Thanx Linda. I passed it on.
Re: Red Velvet Cake by sighthound on 28 August 2007 7:08am
The red velvet cake of my childhood used red food coloring, not beet root juice. I remember a friend of the family who asked for the recipe from the first restaurant in the area to serve it and was shocked when they presented her with a huge bill for the recipe. After paying their extortionist bill, she retaliated by giving the recipe to everyone she knew. I'm still hoping to find it among the old family papers.

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