Sunday, February 17, 2013

For My Love!

Happy Valentine's Day to My wonderful Husband!
Roses are Red!
Cakes are so sweet.
But of all my sugary loves,
YOU'VE got them beat!

 Make a batch of Red Velvet Cake.
You can use a box mix or my favorite
recipe. My favorite red velvet cake is here.

Measure out dry and wet ingredients.

 Stir it all together.

Pour into a greased 9x13 pan,or any rectangluar or square size.

Bake until done and cool.

 Roll a small amount of fondant about 1/2" thick. 
Using a large heart cutout cut 5 hearts.

 I did a few different pastel colors.
Chill for a few minutes until it hardens.
 Next, take a large scoop of piping gel.

 Mix with fuscia gel color to get a bright pink. 
 You can also use red but I've found fuscia makes the pinkest color.

 With a small tipped brush carefully paint your love messages!
For Life I'll Love You
You're the Rock to my Roll.
If you said you wouldn't Be Mine,
That would just be awful!
Edible markers would also work instead of piping gel.

 Chill until the fondant hardens again and the gel sets up.

 Once the cake has cooled use the same size heart cut out and cut 10 hearts.
Each heart cake will be two layers of cake and frosting.
Freeze them for a bit, an hour or even overnight 
(depending when you need to use them)
The cakes will be much easier to stack up evenly when chilled.

 Spread your favorite white or cream cheese frosting out between a sheet of parchment paper. Fold the paper over and smooth out the top to make an even layer.  Chill the frosting.

Trim your hearts so two will stack evenly and nicly together.

 Once the frosting is chilled. Dip your heart cut out in powdered sugar and cut out frosting middles.
(I won't say anything cheesy about holding my heart in your hand)

 Fill the heart sandwiches.  I drizzled a simple sryup (2 tbs sugar dissolved in 2 tbs water and cooled) on the cakes, just to ensure they wouldn't dry out before I served them.

 Position the heart messages on top, and that's it!

Happy Valentine's Day! Mwwahh!

Red Velvet Cake

1 1/4 cup   Cake Flour
3/4 cup      Sugar
1/2 tsp       Baking Soda
1/2 tsp        Salt
1/2 tsp        Coco Powder
3/4 cup       Oil
1/2 cup      Whole Milk, room temperature
1                Egg, room temperature
2 tbl           Red Food Coloring
1 tsp          White Vinegar

1.   Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease and flour one 13 x 9 pan.
2.  Mix flour, sugar, soda, salt, and coco powder in a large bowl.
3.  In a separate bowl mix oil, whole milk, egg, and coloring.
4.  Add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until evenly incorporated.
5.   Pour into the prepared pan and bake 15-20 minutes, turning halfway, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool. Frost. Enjoy!  (this recipe can also make 1-9" cake layer, or 2-slightly thinner 8" cake layers)

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