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Thick and velvety sponge, sweetly iced
This is my take on a red velvet cake, enjoy!

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  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 1
    Step 1

    Preheat oven to 150 (gas mark 2).

    You will need:

    3 bags of chocolate sponge mix (400g each)
    6 eggs
    12 tbsp Buttermilk (I needed 2 cartons of St Ivel Buttermilk)
    300ml milk
    Red food colouring
    Black food colouring
    1-2 tbsp cocoa powder
    1 tub vanilla flavoured buttercream icing
    500g ready fondant icing
    Icing sugar to dust

  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 2
    Step 2

    Grease and line 3 cake tins.

    First layer:
    Mix 2 eggs in a jug with 4 tbsp buttermilk, 6 tbsp milk and 1 tsp red food colouring. Pour into a bowl with the chocolate sponge mix and beat with an electric mixer for 1 minute.

  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 3
    Step 3

    The mixture should be this lovely colour halfway between pink and chocolate. If your mix feels too thick, you could add a little more milk.

    Bake on the top shelf of your oven for 30 minutes at 150 (gas mark 2).

  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 4
    Step 4

    Second Layer:
    For the next layer make up the same quantities of egg, buttermilk and milk, but this time use 3/4 tsp black food colouring instead of red.

    Add 1 or 2 tbsp cocoa powder to the cake mix before mixing for a darker chocolate sponge.

  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 5
    Step 5

    Third Layer:
    Make up one last layer, either velvety red or dark chocolate.

    Be sure to skewer the cakes as they come out of the oven. 150 is a low heat for a sponge, but 30 minutes was perfect timing in our oven and the sponge was beautifully moist.

  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 6
    Step 6

    Leave the cake to cool for 10 minutes before popping it out of the tin. Be careful not to burn your hands!

    Turn out onto a cooling rack and use a pallet knife to remove the base of the tin from the cake.

  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 7
    Step 7

    Place an upside down cooling rack onto the cake, press the two racks together and turn over so that you can slice the rounded top side off with a bread knife.

    Having flat cakes makes sandwiching them together so much easier (especially when working with 3+ layers).

  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 8
    Step 8

    Preferably use a cake board or flat plate to piece your cake together. Here I'm using the base of a cake storer thingy, which isn't ideal for presentation or helpful while icing/decorating. Use what you have ^_^

    Wait until all of your cake layers are completely cool and then spread on the butter icing. Work layer by layer.

  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 9
    Step 9

    Once tub of Betty Crocker's icing was just enough to cover my cake. The icing looks a bit odd because there are crumbs all mixed in from slicing the cake flat, but this isn't at all noticeable after the next step...

  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 10
    Step 10

    ... Which is to cover the cake in fondant icing.Rolling was a messy process, but be prepared and patient and you should get a good result.

    My tips are:
    1) Have plenty of icing sugar to dust the surface and rolling pin, this prevents the icing from sticking.
    2) Roll outward, rotate often.
    3) Be 100% sure you have rolled the icing big enough to cover your cake before you pick it up.
    4) Use a pallet knife to free the icing from your surface before picking it up.
    5) Transfer onto your cake with a rolling pin, be careful but work quickly.

  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 11
    Step 11

    After covering the cake with fondant icing, trim the excess at the bottom with a knife. If you have any odd seems, creases or bumps, work them out with your hands or use a pallet knife dipped in a mug of hot water.

  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 12
    Step 12

    I wish I had taken more photos of decorating my cake for you, but it was a very sticky process.

    I used a Silverspoon designer icing tube for the red edging and a heart shaped cookie cutter for the icing hearts. I coloured the icing for the hearts with food dye, just add a couple of drops at a time.

    It's a really simple design but I think the symmetry works.

  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 13
    Step 13

    As you can see my decorating skills aren't perfect, but if you do your best that's what matters. It's still going to taste great!

  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 14
    Step 14

    Here is my cake all finished and cleaned up.

    The most beautiful part is definitely the next step...

  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 15
    Step 15

    Share out...

  • How to bake a red velvet cake. Red Velvet Three Layer Cake - Step 16
    Step 16

    And enjoy!

    (You can see my buttercream ran, I sandwiched the layers before they were cool enough. Also these final pictures didn't do my red/dark layers justice, but trust me, it's worth it ^_^)

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MintMintMooMoo · Chatham, England, GB · 32 projects
NOM!
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