A treat for my frist blog of 2013. Yes, I’ve been a little behind in blogging with the end of the semester in December and then a two week vacation to Texas, and now getting back into the swing of school and a shift in responsibilities in ministry, phew I will get back into a routine! And back into blogging I go. So to start of the year I bring you a sweet post. I know I normally try to bring you healthy recipes and posts on exercise but sometimes you just need to splurge and bake a delicious treat. I love to bake for others more than I do for myself. It is enjoyable and if you have checked out my cupcake and cake page you know I love to decorate the sweet treats!
I was excited when I was asked to make a congratulations cake for a new prof where I am doing my Masters of Divinity. He recently received his doctorate. Faculty, Staff, and Students of ADC wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS with a cake! I was thrilled to be asked to make the cake even if I didn’t really have the time I said yes anyway! It’s hard for me to pass up a baking opportunity especially when cupcakes are involved.
I baked red velvet cake and made a 9 x 13 slab. I decorated the cake with cream cheese icing and used buttercream icing for the cupcakes. For me, the fun part is always the cupcakes! I purchased a cupcake book while on vacation and was flipping through it the other day and got the idea!
For the tassels I used sugar belts and separated the red, white, and blue colors. For the top of the hat I found Valentine chocolate bars and cut them to the proper size. The Bulk Barn dissapointed me with not being able to find the proper sized chocolate in bulk so I had to settle for their chocolate bars. They redeemed themselves when I was able to return a few items.
- 1/2 C butter, softened
- 1 1/2 C sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 C buttermilk or sour milk
- 1 tbsp red food colouring
- 2 C all-purpose flour
- 1/3 C cocoa powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp white vinegar (DC Cupcakes says to use Apple Cider Vinegar)
- Heat oven to 350, grease and flour 13 x 9 pan
- In large bowl, beat butter and sugar; add eggs and vanilla, beating well
- Stir together buttermilk and food colouring
- Stir together flour, cocoa and salt
- Add alternately to butter mixture with buttermilk mixture, mixing well
- Stir in baking soda and vinegar
- Pour into prepared pan. Bake 30 – 35 min or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
- Frost using your favourite icing
What was the best cake that you received and what was the occasion?