Birthday Desserts HomeCooked

Red Velvet Birthday Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

October 15, 2013

Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays! Suddenly several close family members and friends are having their birthdays this time of the year, and I’m loving the opportunity to bake them birthday cakes. Today was my boss’ birthday and after the Devil’s Food Cake I’d baked for my friend Rashmi’s birthday, this one had to be different.

The first time I tried Red Velvet Cake was during Valentine’s Day early this year. I tried it simply out of curiosity. I didn’t even know how it would taste or even turn out. Anyway, it was also my brother-in-law’s birthday a few days ago and my sister-in-law, Fatema decided to bake him his favourite cake – Red Velvet! While directing her, I realised I could bake the same cake for my boss for the next day! So after the FBAI event yesterday (more details on that later!), I came home and indulged in some amazing midnight baking. The cake was frosted just before it was cut and the result was satisfying.

Red Velvet cake is simply a delicious, velvety, moist and really soft cake that is a brilliant shade of red. It beautifully pairs with cream cheese frosting and is a delight to eat. The recipe for the cake I baked yesterday is almost the same as the one in the Red Velvet Cupcakes post; I tweaked a few things. So, after some popular demand, I decided to post the recipe here once again.

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Red Velvet Birthday Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
The ideal birthday cake...
Course dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Cake
Cream cheese frosting
Course dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Cake
Cream cheese frosting
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 170 C .
  2. Sift together the flour and baking soda.
  3. In a big bowl, cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy and then slowly add the egg and beat everything well.
  4. In another bowl, combine the cocoa powder, red food colouring, vanilla extract into a dark, thick paste.
  5. Add this to the butter-sugar-egg mixture and mix well to combine.
  6. Now, on slow speed, alternatively add the yoghurt and flour+baking soda starting and ending with the flour (this ensures that cakes with a higher proportion of dry ingredients still remain moist).
  7. Once all of this is incorporated into the batter (which will be a little thick) spoon it out into a prepared baking tin.
  8. Bake for about 30-40 minutes till a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let the cake cool completely before frosting it.
  10. Now, the cream cheese frosting.
  11. In a bowl, beat the sugar and butter together till it is well combined and then add the cream cheese all at once and beat well till the frosting is light and fluffy.
  12. You can adjust the sugar depending on how sweet or not-sweet you'd like it to be. I personally prefer some sourness of the cream cheese, so I just go with a little sugar at a time and taste!
  13. Do not over mix or the cream cheese can split.
  14. Put this into a piping bag (if you have one; I donu2019t so I used a spoon) and frost the cooled down cake.
  15. For the pretty ruby red sugar crystals, just mix 4-5 tbsp of large granulated sugar with around a teaspoon of red food colouring and freeze for some time.
  16. Then, sprinkle on top of the frosted cake for some bling!
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4 Comments

  • Renuka October 15, 2013 at 18:32

    That’s a lovely deep red shade you’ve got! Looks gorgeous…

  • Shanti October 15, 2013 at 19:10

    Thank you Renuka!

  • batuln March 15, 2014 at 12:09

    I’m going to try this tomorrow! *fingers crossed*

  • mrkk08 January 13, 2015 at 06:13

    My sister’s favorite was the Red Velvet Cake that she got from one of her friends. She always talks about it whenever we meet! I’m definitely making this! thanks for sharing!

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