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Red Velvet Cake

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So as I mentioned, Jim requested a red velvet cake for his birthday cake. I had just gotten my Food Network Magazine and lo and behold!  Their cover has a beautiful red velvet cake on it and there was a whole slew of red velvet recipes.  I got to work.

For those who wish to get to the meat of the matter this is what I was left with:

The rest of you who want to read the whole story read on.

Ok, so first of all red food coloring is evil. It is like a bad virus and contaminated everything I touched. My hands were red, my counters were red, all my dish towels were red. It was a mess. But anything for my man. 

I wasn't impressed with this recipe! I baked it exactly according to the directions and when I tested it the toothpick came out very wet. So I put it in for 3 more minutes and the layers came out soooooo dry that they crumbled.  Ick. Anyway, here are some pics from along the way. Remember, I'm a teacher not a photographer so they are what they are.

Dry ingredients. As if you've never seen them before.

So then I made the cream cheese icing which is so good it wipes out all the evil the red food coloring put out into my kitchen.   I would use that recipe again for sure. It would be great eaten with a spoon alone in a room with the door closed in bed. Or on graham crackers...whatever.

Don't forget to do this with parchment or waxed paper!
Keeps your platter neat.

See all the crumbs?  See the big piece that fell off?
Cake isn't supposed to do that. I was disappointed.

The reality left behind.

I think the end result was pretty so I glammed the pics up with some, what else, red velvet behind it. I'm so creative.  Avant garde you may say.

Clearly not staged in any way. That's Molly's nose in the background.
It was too dry for my taste.  The cake, not Molly's nose.

Oh and I don't think I ever told you we painted the dining room so guess what??  We painted the dining room!  It's a pale gray/blue and I like it. It's hard to show in these pics and I couldn't let you see the state of my dining room (messy) so I took pics that wouldn't show that.   The main color is Valspar Sea Salt Blue which is the color in our living room. I dumped in gray paint until I got the color I wanted.


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  1. Very nice! I made a red velvet cake (Bakerella's) that was too oily/moist. Since I've never had a great one I'm not that motivated to try again. Maybe I need to taste one from a bakery!

  2. The cake looks awesome! The dining room color is great, too!Good job on both counts!

  3. Thanks for the invite to your link party...your cake is making me drool. I am an elementary school media specialist. What grade do you teach? Am a new follower...would love to have you follow me!

  4. Hi Jenny!

    So nice stopping by to meet you! I have had a great time perusing many of your posts and getting to know you and your sweet family :)

    I am from NJ too. Burlington County near Cherry Hill.

    Thank you for leaving your comment on my blog and I look forward to joining your Friday party!
    Kindly, Lorraine

  5. That look very good...I love red velvet...I'd love for you to share this at my first linky party this Saturday @CountryMommaCooks...Hope to see you there!

  6. Wow, that cake looks DELICIOUS! I'm popping on over from Freshmen Friday (at Home Savvy A to Z). Nice to meet you. I'm Megan from The Crafty Conundrum.

  7. Bummer... I have had a couple of fails from Food Network Magazine. And before anybody else judges me for not following recipes, I have to say I am REALLY good about following them, but some are just not what you really want them to be. :( There was a really good Red Velvet recipe in Cuisine at Home a couple of months ago in case you are looking next time you feel like decorating you and your kitchen with red food coloring :)

  8. yumm...I love red velvet!! Thanks for sharing! Yours is so pretty, too :)

  9. I've never made this but it looks so good! Thanks so much for sharing, Jenny! Including a highlight tomorrow! ;)

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