Red Velvet Cake

Hey folks, I hope your weekends are going well and you have been enjoying this gorgeous weather.

So this weekend I had decided to make a red velvet cake. I have never eaten one before, or made one, but I saw one in the window of a bakery last weekend in Bath, and it looked pretty. Andy had some red velvet fro-yo one holiday and loved it, so I thought I would give it a go.

I had a lot of recipes in various books, but in the end I went for this recipe, mainly because I was doing the shopping online and it was easier to check ingredients online also.

I think the original point of red velvet is that you make a chocolate cake with buttermilk, and somehow the chemical reaction between the cocoa and buttermilk turns it slightly red. But that may be an urban myth. All the recipes now call for plenty of red food colouring.

This one you mixed the food colouring with greek yoghurt and then add it to the cake mix.

I cooked it in two pans instead of one, as I can’t cut straight to save my life. Plus it meant the cooking time was much reduced. I also made an additional cake to take to work.

It doesn’t look too red here, but that is just the light.

Then I made the cream cheese icing- this recipe made loads! I suppose it is meant to be 3 tiers but I had a thick filling, a thick topping and then a thick topping for the cake for work too.

The icing has a little lemon juice in there which I really love- I think the lemon flavour lifts the cake and makes it more interesting somehow.

I might add some chocolate curls or something. I can’t decide.

After baking I gave the house a major spring clean before heading out. I parked away from town, walked in, picked some bits up and walked out. When I got home I had a slice of the cake for work (can’t really take the other cake around tomorrow for tea with a slice taken out!)- I think it is quite nice, but I don’t think I would make it again. I am not a massive fan of chocolate cake and when I make it I usually use recipes that contain melted chocolate. The cream cheese icing was really good though and I would use that again for different cakes.

Are you a fan of red velvet cake? 

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17 thoughts on “Red Velvet Cake”

  1. I’ve never had red velvet anything, although I would like to at some point! I’m always curious as to what the point of it is if it just tastes like chocolate…I guess it’s the novelty of the colour? I’d have to have a brownie or something though, since I’m not really a cake fan…or better yet, some kind of red velvet vegan froyo if such a thing ever came to exist in the UK!


    1. I think it must be the novelty, plus I suppose chocolate with cream cheese icing is nicer than with normal icing.

  2. I’ve only ever tried red velvet once (shock horror!), and I wasn’t a huge fan to be honest. Although I don’t actually like chocolate cake (even bigger shock horror!). Give me a sponge or an orange chocolate cake (recipe on my blog) which is amazing!

    1. It was quite nice but I think there are much nicer cakes around- chocolate and orange sounds good!

  3. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate cake really, unless it’s served more as a pudding warm with vanilla ice cream to ‘mellow’ out the richness. I do like red velvet but I think it’s because of the icing mainly. It’s a nice light and ‘fresh’ icing. There’s a cupcake shop in Chichester which does such nice red velvet cupcakes. Always a winner.
    Your cake, as always, looks so very appetising!

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