Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Very Merry Red Velvet Cake & My First Giveaway!

Happy Holidays everyone! I am trying to get back in the swing of regularly posting on the blog and I still haven't posted any of my Thanksgiving recipe but I wanted to share this Red Velvet Cake before Christmas, cause it's the perfect cake to serve around holidays. I found this recipe on Bakerella's site. This cake was delicious and sooo moist! Definitely hands down the best homemade red velvet cake I've ever made and everyone that tried it love it as well.

Red Velvet Cake from Bakerella
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 oz. red food coloring (Note: if you use food coloring paste you will not need as much)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 8 or 9 inch pans. Lightly stir eggs in a medium bowl with a wire whisk. Add remaining liquid ingredients and stir together with whisk until blended. Set aside.

Place all dry ingredients in your mixing bowl and stir together really good with another wire whisk.

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium high for about a minute or until completely combined.
Pour into cake pans and drop on counter a few times to release any air bubbles. Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. After about 10 minutes remove from pans and cool completely on a wire rack. You can also cover in plastic wrap as the cake cools.
While the cake cools, make the frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting also from Bakerella
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temp
1 cup butter, at room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups confectioners' sugar
Sift powdered sugar and set aside. Beat cream cheese and butter on high until creamy. Add vanilla. Then add the sugar in batches. Scrape down the sides in between each addition. I also added about a teaspoon of heavy whipping cream just to make it extra creamy. It was delicious!

And now for the giveaway.... the last couple recipes I posted were cookies I had made in the Muffin Top Pan I found at Sur la Table. I got many emails asking about it. So I decided I would include it in my first giveaway. Giveaway includes: 1 muffin top pan, 1 3D Snowman Spatula and 1 can Sparkling Sprinkles in holiday colors.

To enter just leave me a comment (one comment per person please) telling me what your favorite holiday dessert is. A winner will be chosen and revealed on Friday, December 10th. Make sure to leave your name and way for me to contact you if you win.

Best of luck to everyone!

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  1. How festive!! I've never made a red velvet cake, but I've heard they are delicious. Great giveaway. My favorite holiday dessert if pumpkin pie! I only have it during the holidays, so I look forward to it all year. :)

  2. That cake looks really good and super moist. My favorite holiday dessert is probably the candy cane cookie I make every Christmas Eve and hang on the tree.

  3. My favorite holiday dessert is white chocolate with peppermint candies covered pretzels. So delicious.

  4. Fudge! I could eat a whole pan!

  5. Peppermint bark ;)
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  6. You did such a great job icing your cake! I am impressed.

    My favorite holiday dessert is anything with gingerbread! I am usually a chocolate fanatic, but I love the change of pace.

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  7. I love gingerbread.

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  8. Red Velvet is one cake my Mom made for the holidays. It is so pretty and tasty. I have to say my favorite holiday dessert is cut out sugar cookies. It's one treat I look forward to baking with my son. Great giveaway!

  9. my favorite dessert is cheesecake.
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  10. One of my most favorite holiday desserts is , and I make them every year, czech walnut pastries..

  11. My favorite is cranberry white choc. pistachio biscotti! :)

  12. I love muffin tops- only not the tummy spilling over the jeans kind. :-) I also like to make a cranberry bread with orange and walnuts.

  13. Great job with piping the border on your cake and I love the stand. I love to have cranberry cream cheese mold during the holidays. It's delicious.

  14. I love pumpkin chocolate chip muffins...yummy!


  15. Wow!!! What a cute cake!!! I love red velvet!!!

    My favorite holiday treat has got to be fudge!! My dad makes some really delicious white chocolate fudge! Yummmy!


  16. Oh, I love red velvet cake and yours looks delicious. Great giveaway! My favorite holiday dessert is snowballs; stacked vanilla wafers with a pineapple pecan mixture, covered with coconut.

  17. I love any turtle-like... pecan bites, pecan bars, turtle candy... you name it!


  18. I love to bake bars!

    I haven't made a red velvet in years! I'm gonna have to give your recipe a try.

    I'm looking forward to hearing from you more!

  19. I am so sad I missed this one! I have been looking for that stinkin' pan everywhere!!

  20. I'm bummed I missed the giveaway, but your cake looks awesome!

  21. I'm glad I stumbled across your page!! I have also found my passion for baking/cooking and I have been trying to find a secret for a moist cake and after looking at your pictures I think I am going to have to try your recipes now! :)