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Friday, January 27, 2012

Red Velvetish Cake

If red velvet cake is not your thing, I think you will appreciate this rehab recipe.
I know this is not the traditional recipe, but I think regular Red Velvet Cake doesn’t have much flavor. I did retain the original frosting which is not the cream cheese variety one so often sees.
Before you start, don your disposable gloves unless you want to be sporting bright red hands.  This batter is a menace!
1 cup cherry preserves
Process preserves in blender until smooth.  Set aside.
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup (two sticks) butter
2 tablespoons buttermilk powder
½ cup dark European unsweetened cocoa powder
Cream the ingredients until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and beat 3 minutes.
4 eggs
1 cup processed cherry preserves
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Mix until incorporated and add dry ingredients:
2½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
Beat until combined and add:
1 cup sour cream
¼ cup water
2 vials (0.50 ounces) red food coloring
Continue beating until smooth.  Divide batter into 3 baby Bundt pans that are well greased.  Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.  Cool five minutes and remove from pan to cool.
5 tablespoons Wondra flour
1 cup milk
Cook until thick.  Remove from heat and beat until smooth. Stir in:
4 ounces white chocolate
 Stir until melted and allow to cool. 
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
¼ cup (½ stick) butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Beat butter, sugar and vanilla and add to cooled milk mixture.  Beat until smooth and spread over the cooled cakes.
Gidget is taking an extra long lunch hour so that she can attend an awards ceremony honoring her dad, Jim.  He is receiving a citation from the police department for meritorious service and bravery while rescuing another fallen police officer.  Don't make the mistake of calling police officers "pigs" in front of Gidget.

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