It’s that time of the year. Your favorite niece’s birthday. And all she wants from you is to work hand-in-hand so she can bake her birthday cake herself.
And what she wants as her ideal birthday cake is a sumptuous red velvet cake.
But, the problem is you are totally clueless and know next to nothing about how to bake this cake yourself.
So, what do you do?
All you have to do is follow this tutorial guide to uncover how you can bake a cake like a professional, even if it’s your first time or you’re a bland rookie.
Besides that, these are the other highlights of this post.
- Useful tips on how to make a delicious red velvet cake successfully.
- The basic ingredients that are necessary to bake a cake.
- Answers to some of the commonly asked questions.
Can you see where we are heading in this tutorial?
Let’s get right into it.
What Are The Ingredients Necessary For Baking A Red Velvet Cake?
These ingredients are the functional unit of this cake in the same way the gene is the functional unit of heredity. Without these items, you cannot bake a delicious red-colored velvet cake.
So, what are the basic ingredients you must stock in your pantry if you’re going to attempt baking like your favorite baker?
- 1 and ½ cups of cake flour
- 1 teaspoon of leavening agents (Baking Soda)
- 1 fluid ounce of unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of sugar
- ½ cup of unsalted butter at about 65 degrees Fahrenheit
- 1 cup of vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of distilled white vinegar
- Red food coloring
- 1 and ⅓ cups of buttermilk at 65 degrees Fahrenheit
Ingredients For The Cream Cheese Frosting
- 12 ounces of brick-style cream cheese at room temperature.
- ¾ cup of unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 3cups of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
- Salt (optional)
Let’s go into more detail. What kitchen utensils do you need to bake in your comfort zone? After all, you need these tools to measure, mix, heat… and eventually bake the cake.
Revealing The Essential Kitchen Utensils Necessary For Baking
Don’t be mistaken:
None of those super-expensive items are listed here. You are not a professional baker running a bakery, so you don’t need that unless you have a strong desire to satisfy your vanity.
What I will list below are the essentials, and they are inexpensive.
8-inch cake pan
Of the various alternatives available in the market, you can opt for metallic ones since there are some that come with non-stick surfaces.
Measurement is crucial for baking. Get a set of measuring bowls, jugs, spoons, and cups. Durability is a feature you should gun for when purchasing this item because you would need for every time you bake a cake.
Accurate measurement is at the core of baking, especially where the recipe is complex. You would need something like a digital scale for your weighing needs in such circumstances.
Durability is a powerful factor when buying any scale. A digital scale is also preferable to others.
A cooling rack guarantees a uniform cooling process for your cake. By that, you are not at the risk of exceeding the standard time for baking the cake.
You can get rid of lumps, impurities, and other unwanted materials from your cake by first sifting the flour before mixing it with other ingredients.
Baking map and paper
Use baking paper or parchment paper to prepare your cake for a non-sticky environment when placed in the baking pan.
Without these protective shields, your cake would definitely stick, and well…prepare yourself for a formless cake (not pleasing to the eyes).
You can either opt for the stand mixer or the hand mixer. Either is ideal for mixing ingredients and beating batter. The stand mixer has an advantage over the other since it allows you to multitask while baking your ideal cake.
Why It Is Important To Invest In The Right Utensil And Tools
Baking feels more enjoyable when you have the right tools to work with.
If you are a newbie or are still struggling with the complexity of any recipe. The right utensils can be the game-changer for your baking.
By this, I mean:
The more baking tools you have in your pantry, the easier you find baking and, the better your cake is likelier to taste.
You only need the essentials starting out. Nothing fancy unless you are willing to!
And this leads us to…
How To Bake A Yummy Red Velvet Cake Like Your Favorite Baker(y)
Here we go:
Get your recipe. Unless you are experimenting, only use tested and proven recipes.
Prepare your baking tools, such as baking pans, measuring tools, and ingredients, among other stuff. Then, apply grease to the parchment paper and baking pan to keep the cake safe from sticking to the parchment.
Preheat the oven to 350F for 15 minutes.
Mix ingredients in their dry form together. Here, the cake flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt apply.
Soften the butter by mixing with sugar for 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk, vanilla extract, and vinegar to this mixture.
Add the finely mixed dry ingredients and buttermilk in turns to the cake batter in turns. Use the application ratio of 3:1 and ensure you begin and end with the addition of the dry ingredients.
Add the red coloring agent to give your cake a beautiful red color! Want a natural alternative? Use the beet.
Gently whisk the egg white for about 2 minutes, or else irregular holes may find their way onto the cake.
Spread the cake batter in uniform amounts across the entire surface of the baking pans.
Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Once the cake is done, use the cooling rack in the oven to cool the cake until the cake cools.
It’s time to prepare the cake’s frost. If you are following this recipe, pour the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, and butter until finely mixed. Set in the fridge to cool.
Evenly spread the frosting around the cake in layers until it suits your preference.
Place the cake in the fridge to chill before serving. A cake this size can satisfy 8 adults or more.
Useful Tips For Baking A Cake You And Everyone Would Love Upon First Bite
Take the following seriously.
Avoid wrong measurements
The scoop and level method is the perfect measuring technique in baking. All you have to do is use a spoon (could be a teaspoon or tablespoon.) to scoop the flour into the cup and then grade to level using a flat item.
Don’t be fixated on one choice of milk
Although, the industry standard is buttermilk. However, you can experiment with plant-based milk, such as almond or soy milk, if you are vegan.
Another thing is…
Is there an alternative for cream cheese frosting?
Yes. You can use either mascarpone or full butter mixed with a little quantity of milk for your cake decoration. The problem with using mascarpone is how it easily curdles; depriving your cake of the desired creaminess.
Don’t try every recipe you come across
For anyone looking to bake a cake on their own, I strongly recommend that you use a recipe from trusted sources only. And endeavor to follow the instructions to the latter to get a cake that tastes as good as that of the recipe owner.
Greasing contributes to a cake that keeps the shape of the baking pan and one that is easy to remove from the pan.
What Is The Taste Of Red Velvet?
In its ideal form, is characterized by a tart. However, the frosting gives it a unique creamy flavor and because cocoa and vanilla are part of its ingredients, it also has a hint of both flavors.
Red Coloring And The Taste Of Red Velvet Cake
No. the red color is a product of its name. Following the instruction in this piece, you can also make a velvet cake of whatever color suits you.
Is This Cake Healthy?
What do you expect? Cake falls in the category of sugary food, and medical professionals advised against too much of it.
Another thing that might cause you to raise your eyebrow is the red coloring agent included in the ingredients for this cake. They derive the red coloring agent from Red Dye 40, which is a product of petroleum but the FDA considers it safe so far we avoid excessive consumption.
As a final note:
Your first attempt at baking this type of cake might end up as a disaster. However, this is a good thing! It shows you are failing forward.
You need time, patience, and the willingness to continue experimenting. Add these together and you would eventually get it right!
Coupled with what I have shared with you so far on how to bake a red velvet cake, I think you are off to a good start in the world of baking! Good luck with your next attempt!