I am not a professional chef. And sometimes things, uh, happen… Have you ever imagined the most beautiful cake, perfectly round and smooth, smeared with creamy icing and topped with the slightest bit of garnish?
This is what I imagined. What I got was… more like… Red Velvet Crumb cake. A nice idea, I suppose, but not quite what my heart was so desperately yearning for whilst I awaited the completion of the cooking cycle.
Well, when I took it out, I encountered a problem. Warning: Here comes the “I’m a poor college student” spill: Basically, I have very old and frequently used pans that have been handed down to me anddd apparently they don’t take to Pam very well. Free=good, but stuck-to-the-pan-cake=very bad.
This situation was kind of embarrassing, seeing as I was cooking this with my friend Tamara, who was really excited to bake her first cake. Luckily, she’s a very spirited young lady who manages to see the humor in everything. This is what we were dealing with:
Despite these trials and tribulations we faced (very gracefully, of course), the cake was a success! Even if it wasn’t the prettiest, most presentable cake, it was delicious! You can thank my mom for the recipe.
Here is my recipe:
Red Velvet Cake
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups cake flour (cake flour makes it SO much better)
- 1 1/2 cups oil (I used canola)
- 1 cup buttermilk1 tsp baking soda1 tsp vanilla (for the love of God, don’t use artificial…)
- 1 tsp. vinegar
- 1 bottle red food coloring, or 1 oz.
Cream Cheese Frosting (um, delicious)
- 1 pkg. cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 stick butter at room temperature
- 1 box confectioners (or 10x) sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup pecans chopped (I like to leave some whole for decoration)
1. Beat oil and sugar together, blend in eggs, vinegar, and vanilla.
2. Sift flour and soda together.
3. Add the flour/soda mixture to the creamed. Blend well.
4. Add buttermilk and food coloring.
5. BE CAREFUL, DON’T LET FOOD COLORING SPLATTER ON YOU, IT WILL NOT COME OUT OF CLOTHING. (this step is a direct quote from my mother)
6. Beat well.
7. Pour into 2 round pans… that have been thoroughly greased.
8. Cook 25 minutes on 350 degrees.