Very Sweet Red Velvet Cake from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook

I've been wanting to bake this cake for years. It took me two years to finally bake one. The thing is, both hubby and I prefer something simple for breakfast. The only reason why I baked this was because I craved for a slice. I blame them on friends for posting sinfully beautiful red velvet (cakes and cupcakes) on Facebook.

I like the fact that the cake doesn't taste that sweet. I however find the icing too sweet for my liking. I ended up scrapping the icing away whenever I had a slice of this. I have to admit they are not the best red velvet I had. Do give this recipe a try if you like everything sweet.

(from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook).
120g unsalted butter (room temperature)
300g sugar
2 eggs
20g cocoa powder
4 tbsp red colouring (I ended up using 1 tbsp red with 3.5 tbsp pink because I ran out of red)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
240ml buttermilk
300g plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tsp white wine vinegar

100g butter
600g icing sugar
250g cream cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 190 degree
  2. Cream butter and sugar till pale and fluffy
  3. Beat in the egg one at a time
  4. In separate bowl, mix together food colouring, cocoa powder and vanilla extract till it become paste. 
  5. Add paste to batter, Mix well
  6. Slowly pour in 1/2 of the buttermilk into the batter. 
  7. Fold in 1/2 the  flour mixture. 
  8. Repeat step 8 and 9
  9. Briefly beat the batter with mixer till you get a smooth texture
  10. Add salt, bicarbonate soda and vinegar. Beat the mixture for a coupke of minutes.
  11. Pour in two 23 cm pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until cook
  12. Decorate the cake with cream cheese frosting when cake cool

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