Monday, November 29, 2010

A RED Cake with Butter Cream Frosting for Week #9 of 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies


Sometimes it is fun to have a special cake for the Christmas season.  Yes, cookies are important and so are bars and candy but a good and GORGEOUSLY d'lish cake is just as important (...to me at least!).  So today in honor of the 9th Week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies I will share with you such a cake.  I call it Raspberry RED Velvet Cake with (luscious) Butter Cream Frosting - divine, simply divine.  I made this cake for my precious sister (love and treasure her SO much is hurts!).  Here she is blowing out her candles on her cake (with the help of some little adorable friends)...


This cake's creation actually came from my sister's head...yup, it was her suggestion that I add raspberries to the batter of a RED VELVET Cake and frost it with Butter Cream Frosting.  Brilliant!

Raspberry Red Velvet Cake with Butter Cream Frosting
(cake recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman and frosting recipe from Hoosier Homemade)

Ingredients:

1 cup shortening

1 3/4 cup sugar

2 1/2 cups cake flour

1 1/4 tsp salt

2 large eggs

1 cup buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp vinegar

1 oz  RED food coloring (use 2 oz. if you wish to have a darker RED color to your cake...which is what I did)

1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
1 heaping cup of frozen (or fresh)  raspberries

1 Tbsp flour

1/4  cup raspberry preserves

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 2 round 9" cake pans with non-stick baking spray.

2. Blend together the shortening and sugar in a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer until well blended together and fluffy.  Set bowl aside.

3. Sift together flour and salt...


....and then set aside.

4. Mix eggs, buttermilk, vanilla extract, baking soda and vinegar all together in a medium bowl.

5. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the egg/buttermilk mixture to the fluffy shortening/sugar mixture.  Please mix after each addition.

6. In a small bowl combine cocoa powder and red food coloring....


  Stir together and then add to batter in mixing bowl...




  Mix all together just until well combined - do not over beat.

7. In a small bowl gently toss 1 Tbsp of flour into raspberries....



  Gently fold raspberries into cake batter....



8.  Pour batter into prepared cake pans....



 and bake for 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool cakes for 20 minutes before removing from pans.  Cool completely before frosting.

9. Make frosting...I used this lovely recipe here.  Place 1st layer of cake on desired cake stand/plate and then frost and spread with of raspberry jam leaving about a 1" surrounding  border so that the jam doesn't spill out onto the side of the cake....



 and then place 2nd cake on top....



  and continue to frost the rest of the cake. Decorate as you please.  I found some lovely berries at the store that I placed ontop and around the cake...yum!



(So sad that the above pic didn't come out as vibrant as it should've of...hopefully you get the idea of what a gorgeous cake this recipe creates!)

Here is a peak inside the cake....



....and an other peek....


A lovely cake to make for the holidays, special birthday or "just because". 

Happy Raspberry RED Velvet Cake with Butter Cream Frosting Baking!

Week 9 Twelve Weeks of Christmas:

17 comments:

  1. Avril, What a great idea to add the raspberries! The red is gorgeous! I am definitely making a red velvet cake sometime this Christmas season! :)

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  2. Beautiful cake, and so pretty for the Holidays!

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  3. Happy Belated Birthday to your dear sister! What a beautiful cake! The addition of raspberries is fantastic. Wish I could have a slice!

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  4. Oh yummy! What a gorgeous cake, Avril!

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  5. You had me with the butter cream frosting!! Add the raspberries and I was drooling!! Yum. Looks fantastic. What a sweet post about your sister!!

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  6. This sounds divine. I love that red color of your cake and the raspberries sound like a delicious addition. Looks like we both had red velvet on our minds this week.

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  7. Happy Birthday to your sister! Now Avril, we're friends, right? Well, then you MUST send me a slice of that gorgeous and delish cake! Please, with a raspberry on top! :)
    ~ingrid

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  8. OK, no more peeking for me! I'll take a huge bite thank you! Beautiful cake, Avril!

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  9. What a great idea! My mother loves raspberries and that sounds like a decadent treat!

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  10. What a beautiful cake! I love the idea of using raspberries. Anxious to try this!!!

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  11. YUM! I can tell this must be fabulous! I was hoping to find a blog with the Xmas cookies link party this week. I have way too much fun looking through everything and getting ideas!

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  12. That cake turned out beautifully and I love that it has raspberries in there! I don't think I've ever made a pretty cake in my life, so I'm in awe of your sweet skills. :)

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  13. Red Velvet Cake is awesome on it's own, but with raspberries?? Beautiful. What a gorgeous and delicious-looking cake Avril. Your sister rocks! :o)

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  14. I LOVE that you made a fabulous red cake instead of cookies. I'm coming to your house for the holidays.

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  15. Oh wow. That cake is gorgeous! What a great idea to add the raspberries!

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