There are many delicious treats in this world that happen to make my eyes light up with excitement and my belly very happy. A Red Velvet cake would certainly apply. In order for any cake to make me truly happy and content, it has to have the perfect 50/50 ratio of cake to frosting. That means no cake with just a tiny bit of frosting will be accepted. The perfect cake has to be rich and flavorful accompanied by layers of creamy frosting…and this Red Velvet cake definitely meets all of the requirements!
The first time I met a Red Velvet cake was only 3 years ago…and that’s because I was living in Europe at the time and it’s nearly impossible to find a slice of red goodness. So determined to give this cake a try I went to Williams Sonoma and bought the Sprinkle’s Red Velvet Cake Mix. I always imagined the cake to taste and feel just like its name…smooth and velvety, almost like a blanket (a very sweet blanket.) Well, it was better.
I know frequent bakers don’t usually use pre made mixes as the bulk of their cake, but trust me; nothing is better than this mix by Sprinkle’s Cupcakes. I have made Red Velvets from scratch before and it just never tastes the same. I don’t know what this LA bakery puts in that mix to makes so incredibly delicious, but I am so thankful for it! I never bake from a pre made mix, but for this cake… I think I can make an exception.
Now, even though this was a pre made mix you still had to put a little effort into it. It wasn’t the type of mixes were you just put water and eggs and voila you have your cake. The recipe calls for butter, eggs, milk, vinegar and the mix of course, all of which should be at room temperature (except for the vinegar and the mix.) It is really important for the butter and eggs to be at room temperature so to ensure that everything gets incorporated evenly into the batter. After everything is fully blended, you will have a beautiful red thick batter that will be tempting you to sneak in a lick… or two. You can try to resist, but it will be hard. I should know… I fell for temptation.
Once the batter is poured into your desired baking pan (I chose a sheet pan) and is baking in the oven, then it is time to start the cream cheese frosting or as I would like to call it… sinful deliciousness. This is the most luscious and creamy frosting that I have ever made it will never compare to other icings. So buttercream frosting, as much fun as we’ve had, you just don’t live up to cream cheese frosting…sorry.
Red Velvet cake, I have professed my love for you. You have never failed me or given me problems. You are so rich and creamy and your bright redness always puts a smile on my face. This is the one cake you can always count on. These mini cakes may be small in size but they are a veritable showstopper.
Go on, have a Petit Treat!