Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Red Velvet Cake For A Birthday

Sunday was my daughter's birthday and she has requested for a Red Velvet Cake. I have been wanting to make this cake for ages. Since my daughter requested this as her birthday cake, I have no excuse not to make it! 

A nice cake with cream cheese frosting and a simple decoration of fresh fruits. The original recipes calls for raspberries and blueberries. I use strawberries and grapes instead.

 Happy 13th Birthday to our dear daughter! 

The cake is moist and has a lovely velvety soft smooth texture, it goes really well with the cream cheese frosting. And the strawberries and grapes adds a wonderful addition. This is a lovely cake to have for any occasion! Really good!

Red Velvet Cake with Raspberries and Blueberries
(adapted from "Bon Appetit Desserts" by Barbara Fairchild)
2-1/4 cups sifted cake flour (sifted, then measured)
2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon red food colouring
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups sugar (I use 180gm)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs

2 - 8ounce packages Philadelphia-brand cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cupm (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups powdered sugar (I use 2 cups)
3 - 1/2 pint containers raspberries
3 - 1/2 pint containers blueberries

Cake :
Preheat oven to 350degrees F. Butter and flour two 9-inch diameter cake pans, with 1-1/2 inch-high sides. Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt into medium bowl. Whisk buttermilk, food colouring, vinegar, and vanilla in small bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl until well blended. Beat in eggs  1 at a time. Beat in dry ingredients in 4 additions alternately with the buttermilk mixture in 3 additions. Divide batter between prepared pans.

Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 27 minutes. Cool in pans on wire rack 10 minutes. Cut around pan sides to loosen cakes. Turn cakes out onto racks, cool completely.

Frosting :
Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Add sugar and beat until smooth.

Place 1 cake layer, flat side up, on platter. Spread 1 cup frosting over. Arrange 1 container raspberries and 1/2 container blueberries atop frosting, pressing lightly to adhere. Top with second cake layer, flat side down. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Arrange remaining berries decoratively over top of cake.

Do Ahead : Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover with cake dome and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.


  1. very beautiful frosting and the crumbs look perfect!! also a beautiful red there, not too light and not too dark, just nice! so you manage to make something out from this book, you are really quick!! is your daughter also getting a phone as a present?? i see a box there!

  2. A perfect cake to your daughter to celebrate her Happy Birthday. Cake looks simply awesome and mouthwatering.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. happy bday to your daughter :)
    this is a cake i have been wanting to try to bake - i havent even tried the taste!
    thks for sharing the recipe :)

  4. Wow...perfectly baked delicious cake and that icing looks awesome..belated happy birth day wishes to your lovely daughter.

  5. Happy Birthday to your daughter, lucky gal get to eat such a lovely cake:D

  6. Hello, thank you for your comment, I loved it, it's great to post again, and calm, because things were a little race. I managed to do half of the commissioned paintings, still have much to do, but now I can go slower. I was dying to miss my friends and their comments, thank you again for being a follower, I am very pleased with the work I've done. The cake was a daughter of his grace, she is also very beautiful, I'm sure must have a good time. Give congratulations to her, I wish much happiness for you and your family. Thanks, Marta.

  7. Happy belated birthday to your daughter! You now have a teenager in the house! :) The cake looks beautiful. Red velvet is on my 'To Bake' list as well! I'm impressed that 1 tablespoon of red colouring is enough to make the cake so red. Which brand did you use?

  8. How pretty you daughter looks:) love the smile! I have a 13 yr old too! - Great that mom made her a fabulous cake fit for the occasion! Lovely dear!

  9. Happy Birthday to your daughter! The cake looks splendid.

  10. soft n moist cake to celebrate the day..yummmmmy!!
    Belated birthday wishes to your daughter!

  11. Red velevet is my all time fav cake! It's seriously addicting.
    Take care

  12. Estupenda torta con decoración exquisita que adoro,felicidades para tu hija,abrazos grandes.

  13. That's perfect, i needed an idea for a birthday cake! :)

  14. What a lovely cake and lovely colours - your daughter looks very happy :) Happy belated birthday to her!

  15. OMG, you red velvet cake is so intense! I love it! What a great birthday cake!

  16. Joy, what a lovely cake! Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter! She looks very happy on her special day.

  17. That's a special cake for a special birthday! Best wishes to your teenage daughter. :) I love the fruit with this cake- it really looks beautiful and sounds delicious!

  18. Beautiful frosting and the cake looks delicious!

  19. Wow! colorful and munch pastries to see in the Blogger page, the images are great way to enhance the blog page and here in the given blogger the cakes so delicious and the decorations with different fruits are great to see. I am really impressed to see this Blog............


  20. Happy Belated Birthday to your daughter! i did not know you have a daughter already 13. My daughter is 1 year older than your daughter..she is 14 now..I just tried your corn muffins, now come another tempting cake, look like i need to bookmark and try later. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Hi KY,
    I use the brand "Star" for the colour. This is a really delicious cake with smooth velvety texture, give it a try, I'm sure you will love it!

  22. Happy belated birthday to your gal. What a beautiful cake baked with all lovingness from mum!

  23. Hello, best wishes for your daughter, is very beautiful. We do everything for them is not? The cake was beautiful outside and inside, perfect!
    I've been less time to visit the kitchen that I like, not strange that my absence.
    Kisses for both.

  24. Yummy velvet cake! I simply love the red colour :)

  25. That gorgeous smile of hers confirms that it was a big hit! Great looking cake :)

  26. Oh that cake looks like heaven! So moist and red and sweet. That is one lucky girl for sure! Happy late birthday to your beautiful baby!

  27. Happy birthday to your daughter!! this cake look amazing! gloria

  28. Happy Birthday to your daughter! This cake is an absolute beauty and I can see a big smile on her face. She is a lucky girl.

  29. Hi friends,
    My daughter has read all your commments and she thank you for all the lovely wishes! Thank you for stopping by and have a nice day!

  30. A very happy belated birthday wish for a sweet little angel!

    Lovely cake and I am sure your daughter is proud to have such a darling Mom!

  31. Your cake is beautiful - and your daughter too! Happy Birthday to her! Have a great day! xoxo

  32. Good lor she get her bday cake. And good lor you get to bake it for her....wait till I see her this weekend..tease her to bits! lol

  33. WOW!! A very pretty cake for a very pretty girl!! Baked with lots of love...!!! Wished I could have a piece right now.... HAPPY 13TH BIRTHDAY!!!! LOVE YOU LOTS....!!!!!!!

  34. I am Amanda, Joyce's daughter. Thank you for all your wishes!!!