Red velvet cake

When my boss turned 60 the other day. His insurance company posted him a birthday card with a recipe for a red velvet cake attached to the card.

He was kind enough to bring it to work for me.

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Ingredients:

This makes one round cake, to make a double layered cake, double the batter ingredeints.

  • 125G x rama margarine.
  • 250g x castor sugar.
  • 2 x eggs.
  • 200g x cake flour.
  • 25g x cocoa powder.
  • 1 x tsp baking powder.
  • 125ml x buttermilk.
  • 20ml x red food colouring.

Method:

  • In a bowl, cream the margarine and sugar together, till fluffy.
  • Add one egg at a time and whisk for a couple of seconds between each egg.
  • Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl and sift the flour mixture into the egg mixture.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the food colouring and the buttermilk together.
  • Add this wet mixture to the egg mixture.
  • Gently fold all the ingredients into each other, till everything is nicely mixed.
  • Pour into a greased 20cm cake pan and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes or until the cake tester comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cook in the tin for 15 minutes, before turning out onto a cooling rack.

Ingredients for the cream cheese icing:

  • 250g x room temperature cream cheese.
  • 250g x room temperature rama margarine.
  • 1 x tsp vanilla essence.
  • 500g x icing sugar.

Method:

  • Cream the margarine till light and fluffy.
  • Add the cream cheese and mix well.
  • Add the vanilla essence and mix well.
  • Add the sifted icing sugar and mix well till everything is well combined.image

*  I halved my icing and coloured one half pale pink while I left the other plain. When I iced the cake I added blobs of pink icing and then ran the icing smoother around the cake.

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*  I then took a sharp pointed spatula and stuck it in the icine and turned the turn table round and round creating a funky design around the cake. I repeated the method on the top of the cake.image

* When I was done, I sprinkled pink and white stars over the cake and around the cake.