Can't wait for Valentines day to come. You all know that's one of the favorite times of the year for the ladies :D :D :D. Unfortunately, it's also going to clash with the Long awaited presidential election here in Nigeria....Sucks doesn't it? Anyway, that's really no excuse not to give your loved ones a good treat. You really don't have to break the bank to make the day special too. A simple gift of love from the heart would do just fine ;). For me, I love Red velvet cake, probably because it literally melts in the mouth or probably because it tastes so good. Over the years, i know i've churned out dozens and dozens of this cake for lovers on vals day so i definitely know it's an instant hit. Today, i'd be showing you how to make the famous red velvet cake naija style and as usual, i'm going to make the tutorial as simple as possible to make it easy to follow. if you don't want to miss other baking tutorials coming up, don't fail to subscribe to my posts by putting your e-mail addy in the box below.
How to make Red Velvet Cake
• Prep time : 30mins
• Bake time: 45mins - 1hr
• Makes : 1 medium sized cake
• 1½ cup (339g) Butter/ Vegetable oil (i used butter for this though)
• 2½ cup Flour - Sifted
• 1 cup Buttermilk
• ½ tsp. Salt
•2 tbsp. Cocoa powder
•2 tbsp. Red Colour
•1½ Cup Granulated Sugar
•1 tsp. Vanilla flavor
•1 tsp. Baking Soda
•1 tsp. Vinegar
Step 1: If you cannot find buttermilk around, you can make your own buttermilk at home. For this recipe, you'd need just 1 tbsp. Lemon juice/Vinegar and a cup of full fat milk. In a small bowl, pour the lemon in the milk and leave to stand for 5-10minutes. When it's ready, the milk would curdle a little and also thicken. Add the flavor and red food color into the butter milk and mix. Set this aside.
Step 2: In a mixing bowl, whisk the butter/vegetable oil and sugar together. Add the whisked eggs and Mix. Gently add the colored butter cream and mix thoroughly.
Step 3: Add the sifted flour, salt and cocoa powder and mix.
Step 4: Place the baking soda in a different small bowl. Add the vinegar and mix. You'd notice the mixture would start to froth (bubble). Quickly add it into the mixture in Step 3 and mix.
Step 5: Butter and flour your baking pan as i've shown you in the previous baking tutorials on this blog. This is very necessary if you're using the naija baking pan as shown in this tutorial. Pour in your batter and place in a pre-heated Oven or pot (I used my pot baking method for this). Bake for 45mins-1hr making sure you don't open the pot or oven during the process.
Step 6: Turn out the baked cake very gently so it doesn't break as it's going to be very soft and spongy. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting with butter cream, whipped cream or white icing.
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