I can't really cook. Not proud of it, but such is life. But, I can bake. There's a difference. However, one of the things I have tried and failed at after numerous attempts, is the much loved Red Velvet Cake. I have tried twice now, and the illusive pillar box red sponge always comes out a deep, rustic brown. It does my head in! So, the other day, I was having a nose at the cake section in Selfridge's, and found a box of cake mix, promising to deliver a perfect rouge sponge. I also picked up a pox of ready made cream cheese icing! Total and utter cheat, but it had to be done.
There was no Red Velvet Betty Crocker cake mix annoyingly, but this Duncan Hines one is very similar apparently. Both of these came to around £8, but I was in Selfridge's, which always costs more. In supermarkets like Asda, Tesco and Morrison's, they are a helluva lot cheaper.
So! How do you do it? So simple even an idiot could make it. You simply pour the mix into a bowl, add 250mls of water, a couple of cap fulls of oil, three eggs, then beat it altogether for about two minutes (it does help if you have an electric mixer but flex your muscles and do it with a wooden spoon if you don't have one!)Then grease two small baking tins with a bit of marge, pour in the mixture, then put in a pre-heated oven for around thirty mins. (All instructions regarding temperatures of oven etc are on the back of the box, it all depends what type of oven you have blah blah)
Take a knife, and gently spear it through the top of the cakes after they have been in the oven a while. If the knife comes out clean its done, if there's bits of sponge on it, you know you have to leave it in a bit longer. Once the cakes are cooked, remove from the oven, and leave them to cool for about ten mins, before tipping them gently from the tins.
I left mine for about twenty minutes, then, using a spatula, I recommend you put a dollop of ready made cream cheese icing on the top of one of the cakes, and smooth it all over the cakes surface, then place the other cake on the top,a bit like a sandwich.
Then put more icing on the top of that; smooth evenly, then put a few of the leftover crumbs in the centre for decoration. Easy peasy huh?
Yes its cheating. But who cares when it looks this good? And you don't have to tell anyone do you? He he....
Lots of Love,