Red Velvet Pancakes the other day. They would be perfect for Valentine's Day brunch or dinner. Just the name Red Velvet screams Valentine's Day! To really make the most of the holiday, consider making this Red Velvet Bundt Cake in a heart-shaped bundt pan. Of course, if you don't have a heart bundt cake pan, you can use any bundt pan. Following are two great Red Velvet Bundt Cake recipes. One is even heart healthy because it's made with beets. Both are delicious.
Most red velvet cakes use red dye. If you're not making the Beet Red Velvet Bundt Cake, you'll need to use red food dye, the kind in the little bottles, if you want to get that really red color (even the Wilton's red paste doesn't quite do it). The first cake uses lots of real beet juice and the color comes very close to a true red. The cake is yummy. Most red velvet cakes I've made call for buttermilk and/or vinegar in them, so the second is perfect in taste. As always, the quality of the chocolate or cocoa will really make the difference!
This Beet Red Velvet Cake is more like a vegetable cake --i.e. a carrot cake or zucchini cake.
(Adapted from Diana Rattray --Southern Food at About.com)
1. RED VELVET BEET CAKE
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 - 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1- 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder (use regular not Dutch Process)
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, Canola or corn oil
1-1/2 cups grated cooked beets
2 tsp pure vanilla
powdered sugar, optional
Preheat oven to 350°
Combine flour, soda, salt, sugar and cocoa in bowl; set aside.
In mixing bowl, combine eggs and oil. Beat in vanilla and continue beating until well blended. Slowly beat in dry ingredients until well mixed; stir in beets.
Pour into greased and floured bundt cake pan. Bake at 350° for 25 to 35 minutes, or until cake bounces back when touched lightly with finger.
Cool in pan on a rack. Frost cooled cake or dust with powdered sugar.
2. RED VELVET BUNDT CAKE
1/2 cup shortening
3 Tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups cake flour
1 tsp vinegar
red food color ("2 whiskey glasses full")
1 tsp vanilla
Mix cocoa with red food coloring to make a paste.
Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs. Add cocoa paste and beat well. Add flour and baking powder and stir in buttermilk a little at a time. Add salt and vanilla. Add baking soda and vinegar by hand; do not mix too much.
Pour into greased and floured Bundt Pan (or mini-bundt cake pan) Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.