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Red velvet cake


Red velvet cake

By Janine Ratcliffe, Olive

Give your chocolate cake a red tinge in this classic American cake recipe, covered in silky-smooth cheese frosting for extra indulgence.
 

Total Time

1 hour + cooling

Yield

 serves 8

Ingredients

  • self-raising flour 175g
  • cocoa powder 3 tbsp
  • bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp
  • caster sugar 150g
  • eggs 2
  • sunflower oil (or other flavourless oil) 150ml
  • buttermilk 150ml
  • natural red food colouring 2 tbsp

Method

 

Step 1

Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and line two 18cm sandwich tins with baking paper. Stir the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Beat the eggs and add to the oil and buttermilk, then stir in the food colouring. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry and then beat them together with an electric whisk until a smooth batter forms.

Step 2

Divide the mixture between the tins and bake for 25-30 minutes or until risen and a skewer poked into the centres of the cakes comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Step 3

To make the frosting, beat the butter and icing sugar together until smooth, then beat in the soft cheese. Put a layer of frosting between the cake layers and then use the rest to frost the cake.

FROSTING

  • butter 100g, softened
  • icing sugar 250g
  • soft cheese 300g

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