I'm stuck in bed ill today with a sore throat, throbbing headache and swollen glands (I know, lovely) but nevertheless, I'm soldiering on scheduling this new blog post for you all - my review and the recipe for this gorgeous Red Velvet cake!
I decided to make this cake after seeing the cake mix box in Tesco for only £2.25 - I'd wanted to make my own cake for ages, in fact, I've wanted to start baking things in general for a long time and just never got round to it, but on Friday I finally did it - and this was the result I got!
Technically, I know this isn't making my own cake from scratch, so to speak. But, being someone who can't cook to save their life, this is a big step for me! Especially since I never learned much from cookery lessons in school, and the fact I was always too scared to use an oven... it's only recently I even figured out how to use one properly, and a stove (shocking)!
But, overall, I'm really happy with how this cake turned out. It didn't end in disaster, I didn't burn anything (though I did have the help of my mum and brother) and it was really easy to make! I'd never tried a proper red velvet cake before, either.. I've always thought they looked amazingly nice, and I have tried a red velvet Krispy Kreme doughnut, but this definitely didn't fail to impress!
What You'll Need:
- 65ml Vegetable Oil (4 and a half tablespoons) (I used Sunflower oil since it was the only kind available in my house, worked fine though!)
- 205ml Water
- 3 Medium Free Range Eggs
- 1 Tub of Betty Crocker Vanilla (£2.15) or Cream Cheese Style Icing
- 2 x 8" Well Greased Cake Tins (or, if you don't have two cake tins like me, you can just use one - you won't be able to sandwich them together with icing in the middle like it suggests, but still nice!)
- A Mixing Bowl
- Mix the eggs, oil, water and cake mix together in the mixing bowl and whisk by hand or with an electric mixer. I used an electric mixer for around 2-3 minutes and until smooth and creamy (like right).
- Pour the mixture evenly into your two (or one) greased cake tins.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees/ 160 for fan assisted ovens like mine/ Gas mark 4
- Bake in the centre shelf of the oven for around 23-28 minutes if you're using two cake tins. If you're using one like I did, however, you'll need to leave it longer, and I had to leave mine in for about 45 minutes.
- Once time's up, check to see whether your cake is done by inserting a rounded knife fully into the centre of the cake. If the knife comes out clean, take the cake out and place on a wire rack to cool (this is how I knew I needed to leave mine longer than half an hour - inserted the knife plenty of times and kept coming out liquidy!)
- If you used 2 cake tins, sandwich the cakes together with a layer of Betty Crocker Vanilla or Cream Cheese Icing.
- Once they've been sandwiched, or if you used just one cake tin, cover the entire cake (sides and top) with more of the icing.. Make sure it's at room temperature first, and before putting on your cake, stir the icing with a rounded knife.
I then left the icing to 'set' for a while before eating - this made it easier to cut and less sloppy since we gave it time to harden, as you can see...
Ok, so it doesn't look exactly as tidy as it looks on the box, but who cares, it tasted good!
It really did taste incredible once done - I was already licking the icing off the bowl and utensils before I even tried a slice of the cake, but I couldn't help myself, it was too good!
I would highly recommend this mix to anyone - preparation took as little as 10 minutes, and it's even less time if you're using 2 cake tins instead of one. The sponge was delicious and cream cheese frosting made it even better. It's official - red velvet has got me hooked!
It serves up to 12, too, so with my family of 7, there was more than plenty to go around. And, they all said it was delicious - so not only do you have my word on it, you have theirs too!
Oh, and lastly, I know this isn't really supposed to be a 'baking blog' - but, doing this has really made me wish I had one, and it might be something I'll have to consider - that and the reason I love cake!
Have you tried red velvet cake or had a go at making your own?
Let me know in the comments - and have a great week!