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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Tempting Colourful Red Chocolate Cake Recipe

red velvet cake with whipped cream, blueberrie...
red velvet cake with whipped cream, blueberries and strawberries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Anu Parsai

There are many kinds of red velvet cake recipes from scratch , but I prefer the mixture of plenty of dark chocolate with the colourful red of the cake. I adore making the following red velvet cake recipe at home and I usually get great compliments for this creation, be it at a children's party or an official party.

What you'll need:

- Unsalted butter - 1 cup

- Sugar - 1 1/4 cups

- Light brown sugar - 1 1/4 cups

- Large eggs - 6

- Vanilla extract - 2 teaspoons

- All-purpose flour - 3 cups

- Bread soda - 1/4 large spoon

- Sour cream - 1 cup

- Dark cocoa powder - 1/4 cup

- Baking powder - 1/2 small spoon

- Red food colourising - 15 ml


- Heat the cooker to 325F.

- Grease three round cake pans using a tiny oil and dust them with a little flour.

- In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together. Beat well using a mixer till slick and creamy.

- Break in the eggs, one by one, and whisk well after each addition.

- Add the vanilla extract and mix well.

- In a fresh bowl, mix the flour, cooking soda, baking powder and dark cocoa powder.

- Take a clean bowl, put one cup of flour mix in the bowl and add 3/4 cup of the sour cream to it. Mix well.

- Repeat the above step, swapping between flour mix and sour cream until you get a smooth mix.

- Gently add this mix to the egg-butter mix and blend well.

- Add the red food colorising and mix well. Ensure that you scrape the sides of the bowl so the colour is uniform.

- Decant the prepared batter in the cake pans equally.

- Bake in the preheated cooker at 325F for 45 minutes.

- Remove the cakes from the pans and cool on wire racks utterly before applying frosting.

Chocolate hazelnut frosting for the extra dose of chocolate on the cake

What you may need:

- Cream cheese - 500 grams

- Approximately chopped dark chocolate - 2 cups

- Baking chocolate - 2 squares

- Powdered sugar - 1 cup

- Vanilla - 1 spoon

- Roasted hazelnuts, cut - 1 cup


- Put the chocolates in a bowl in the microwave and micro on high for 2-3 minutes.

- Stir well to blend then cool.

- Add the slipped cream cheese and vanilla. Mix well.

- Whisk in the chopped hazelnuts and your frosting is ready.

To assemble the cake:

- Place one cake layer on a plate and spread a layer of frosting on top.

- Place another cake layer on the top and press gently. ?

- Spread another layer of frosting and place another layer of cake on top.

- Spread the remaining frosting on the top and sides.

- Serve chilled.

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