Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Red Velvet Merry Christmas with the Cricut Cake - and Blog Candy

Are you looking for a special cake to serve family and friends during Christmas week?  Let me suggest this Happy Christmas Red Velvet cake.

This cake was soooo good and looked so pretty when cut.  I thought the recipe sounded odd so I took a sample to our friend Bill.  Bill is a connoisseur of red velvet cake and he loved it.  Soooo, all of that oil and sugar baked up wonderfully.  This is NOT a weight watchers friendly cake.  It IS a special holiday treat for you, your family, and guests.

Red Velvet Cake 

Unsalted butter, softened, for pans
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
powder, plus more for dusting
5 cups cake flour, not self-rising
2 teaspoon salt
3 cups sugar
3 cups canola oil
4 large eggs
4 tablespoons red food coloring
4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cup low-fat buttermilk
3 teaspoons baking soda
4 teaspoons white vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 3 nine inch pans; line with parchment paper. Butter lining; dust with cocoa, tapping out excess. Set aside.

2.Whisk together flour, salt, and cocoa in a medium bowl; set aside.

3. Mix sugar and oil on medium speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk until combined. Add eggs one at a time; mix well after each addition. Mix in food coloring and vanilla. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the buttermilk and beginning and ending with flour, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed.

4. Stir together baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl. Add baking-soda mixture to batter, and mix on medium speed 10 seconds.

5. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake until a cake tester inserted into centers comes out clean, 30
to 35 minutes. Let cool completely in pans on wire racks.  You may split the layers in half vertically for a taller cake, though I did not split the layers on this cake.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:

2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 tablespoons sour cream
4 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla
2 (16 ounce) box confectioners' sugar

Beat cream cheese, softened butter, sour cream and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth.  Cool cake completely.  Add frosting between all layers, on top and on the sides.  We like this frosting so I make a large batch.

 The frosted cake was covered with red Fondarific fondant.

In all cases I chilled the 1/8th inch thick rolled gum paste before cutting.  Immediately after cutting, before removing the cut from the mat, I return the mat to the 'frig for another 20 minutes.  I then remover the cut and added it to the cake.  During the chill time, cut the next mat.

Using Cake Basics I cut the large doily for the top of the cake in white Cricut gum paste.  I added Wilton blue food paste to Cricut white gum paste to create the blue gum paste.  I used Holiday Cakes and cut out the Happy Christmas phrase. 

I added Wilton evergreen food paste to the white Cricut gum past to create the green gum paste.  I used the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge to cut the holly leaves.

Using the left over red fondant, I made the holly berries by hand. I added a touch of white gum paste to each berry as a highlight.

Decorating this cake was truly pretty easy, just remember to chill all fondant/gum paste before cutting and after cutting before you remove them for the mats. 

Because I have not shared a cake in soooo long (darned weight watchers!), I am offering a special Christmas blog candy. ...A chance to win a $50 Merry Christmas Gift Voucher from Custom Crops!!!  Just become a blog follower and leave a comment telling me about your favorite flavor of cake and you will be entered. 

I will draw one winner (combining comments from both blogs) this Friday so that you may have time to get yourself a great holiday gift.  This will be open to both of my blogs!

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Amy K said...

Wow Susan, this cake is so pretty! I haven't seen many Cake posts in bloggy world lately. TFS.

My favorite cake is vanilla with raspberry filling and swiss buttercream frosting.

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Melissa said...

This cake is GORGEOUS!!! I have missed seeing your wonderful baking creations!

I'm kind of boring with my favorite cake flavor. I'm a white cake kinda girl! absolute favorite is what we had for our wedding which is a white cake with raspberry filling! Yummmmmmmm


craftymom205 said...

I absolutely love red velvet cake and coconut cake. My mom makes both.

Tami B. said...

Can't wait to try this one! It sounds yummy. Mine won't be as pretty as yours tho'.

jennyplace2 said...

OMG! This cake is just so pretty and looks so yummy! My favorite cake is carrot with cream cheese icing.

LadybugCarrie said...

Beautiful cake! I love the colors and especially the doily! My favorite cake is chocolate with chocolate frosting! Can you tell that I love chocolate? :-) Thanks for sharing your beautiful cake!

Lesley from WI said...

Wow...your cake is gorgeous. My favorite cake is vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. Yummy and yes I have been called boring before
:0) Merry Christmas

Kristin said...

Wow That is awesome!!!

Heather said...

What a beautiful and delicious looking cake. I am already a follower. My favorite flavor of cake is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. The boxed kind is good but I like to make a homemade cake. Grating the carrots myself. YUMMY!!

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Bobbi said...

What a pretty cake and the recipe sounds yummy too. I am love chocolate cake with chocolate frosting:)

Tanya said...

Your cake looks great!! My favorite is chocolate :)

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Heather said...

This cake is gorgeous! I love red velvet cake! My mom just made me one for my birthday too!! It's a toss up between that and angel food for my favorite!
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Carol said...

Beautiful and YUMMY!!! love the cake decor, red velvet is one of my favorites.

shari said...

Susan, your cake is beautiful!!! I bought a cricut cake mini on black friday and can't decide if I'm keeping it. I also am dieting! HA My favorite cake is chocolate. Thanks for the Awesome giveaway. Shari (cricutrookie)

jan farnworth said...

my favorite flavor of cake is chocolate cake with white frosting. thanks for sharing.

Debra said...

Beautiful cake! It's WW for me after the first of the year! My favorite cake is German Chocolate. I am a sucker for that sweet chocolate, pecans, and coconut.

Linda Kaiser said...

Wow! I love your cake. It is so perfect! Happy Holidays!


Tabitha said...

Your cake is so pretty. My favorite flavor is strawberry with strawberry frosting. My sister in law makes it the best! YUM Darn now I am craving it. Gotta a month till my birthday, do you think I can wait?! We'll see. LOL
Thanks for a chance to win.

Dakota Bear said...

The cake is absolutely beautiful, almost to much so to cut. My favorite cake is chocolate with chocolate frosting.

Brigitte said...

This cake is so elegant!!! My favorite cake is carrot with lots of raisins and nuts!
brigitteetleschats at hotmail dot com

Jenn said...

What a beautiful cake!!
My favorite cake is and always will be chocolate with chocolate frosting :)

Dana said...

Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! LOVE IT! Very beautiful cake you made!


Penny said...

Great Cake Susan. Actually Red Cake is one of my favs. However I'm feeling so deprived this year cause of Weightwatchers I've asked for something chocolate, peanut butter & caramel for my b'day. Got any recipes? ;-)

Sew Sweet by Beth said...


Susan said...

Ohh Penny - Chocolate, Peanut Butter AND Caramel.... Yum. I'll be on the look out for you.


JennyKozar said...

Your cake is beautiful! My favorite is chocolate with bananas and whip cream! YUMMO!! Thanks for sharing.

Wende said...

susan your cake is fabulous. Without a question carrot cake for me all the way. It was our wedding cake and now 27 years later it still brings such sweet memories for me. Thanks for the chance to win.

Brenda said...

Your cake is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing the recipe. And thanks for the chance to win.

Michele said...

Love your cakes. I'm following now but have been a stalker for a few months. My fav cake is Carrot Cake and not just any carrot cake, it has to be my grandmother's recipe. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

Mrs. Green said...

Love this! Red Velvet is my favorite! Can I have yours?? :)

Thanks for the chance to win!
michelegreen120 at gmail dot com

Robyn W said...

We also love red velvet at our house. Your cake turned out so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

Deanne said...

I am a chocolate lover! any kind of chocolate cake!!

scrapperbecka said...

YUM YUM Susan your cake looks so yummy and red velvet is my favorite!!! YAY

Josie0602 said...

Yummy looking cake! My favorite is chocolate of course!

TeacherMom said...

Wowzers!!!!!!!!!! That cake is soooooo AMAZING!!!! Too good to eat!! Thank goodness you got some good pictures of it. Just gorgeous. My favourite flavour has got to be chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Thanks for the chance. That would be a nice early Christmas present!!!!

**Treefrog** said...

Does Cheese Cake count, LOL??? Or Tiramisu, (sorry I'm being difficult, lol) If not I love German Chocolate Cake! Love Coconut! Yum Yum Yum! My neighbor makes a pretty yummy Red Velvet cake so since I can't have any of yours I'll Have to talk her into making one for Xmas.
((Hugs)) Theresa

grambojoan said...

that is a very pretty cake. i love red velvet cake so going to try this reciepie

pdela-torre said...

Absolutely love this cake! Anything chocolate is my favorite. I've never tried red velvet, but can't wait to try it. I got the cricut cake mini when on sale at Joann's, so this will be my first. TFS!

Brenda said...

Wow! Your cake looks great!! Thanks for the recipe and thanks for the chance to win a great prize!!

Kim. said...

Oh wow you really went to town on this beauty. My favourite cakes are any that have nuts, I just love them especially pecan or walnut ummm.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Kim xXx

AShu93 said...

The colors are fantastic & the doily is so pretty. I think your cakes are some of the best cuts I've seen from the cricut cake, so much cleaner than others.

Beckie W said...

Oh My Goodness!! Your cake is just so so beautiful. I have been trying to work my cricut cake machine .... but have not been as successful as you have. I haven't been doing the chill after the cutting, will have to try that.

Ok so what an awesome blog candy prize. My favorite is anything Chocolate!!

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The Bug said...

What a beautiful Cake!! Love the way the red fondant makes it stand out! My favorite cake is Double Dark Chocolate Chunk with a chocolate fudge mouse filling and a vanilla buttercream frosting! So yummy!! Thanks for the chance to win.
Hugs, Wini

Elaine said...

Already a follower:o) That cake looks so good!!!! And I adore Red Velvet cake. My most favorite though is pineapple (specifically upside down) or German Chocolate.

Penny said...

Beautiful cake. My favorite cake, or at least one of my favorites, is carrot with cream cheese icing.

Ladybug said...

Beautiful cake, Susan. TFS!

My fav cake has to be "chocolate". Heck I love "anything" chocolate!!!

Thanks for the chance to win the gift cert. :-)

kristyscraps said...

Anything that beautiful must be delicious! I am nuts for the coconutty goodness of German Chocolate Cake. Plus, I think you get bonus points for the fiber of the coconut at Weight Watchers, right?

Cynthia said...

What a beautiful cake, it looks gorgeaous and delicious, great job!

-Take Care-
Cynthia from *Where Magic Begins*

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Maria said...

I was missing your cake creations! I need one of these on my table!! Beautiful! I have always wanted to make a red velvet cake from scratch--now I have the perfect recipe to try! Thanks!
Maria :-)