It’s been a few months since I wanted to post the recipe for this red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. But, unfortunately, the photo was not taken with my camera and I’ve been waiting for it to arrive. And there it is, one of my favourite cakes of all times 🙂
As I mentioned before, I traveled back home a few times last year. Not for the best reasons, but unfortunately life is not perfect. On one of the times I was there, it was my uncle’s birthday. I consider him to be like a second father to me, I grew up next door, and was always treated like a daughter. I haven’t been to many family birthday’s since I left my country 12 years ago, and never been home for my uncle’s special day. So this time I made a point of baking his birthday cake. Like me, he loves red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting so it was an easy choice.
The problem was that I never tried to make it before and was really scared of spoiling it for my uncle. My mum and aunt volunteered to help and the internet search started. There’s so many recipes out there and some people make it look so so complicated! In the end I settled for the recipe that I found on Sally’s Baking Addition. It looked quite straight forward so it should be foul proof 🙂 And off we went to buy the ingredients, the pans and the decorations. This was his 66 birthday and I wanted 66 candles on the cake. He didn’t even knew about the cake imagine when we get him one that looks like a burning torch 🙂 It was a proper adventure!
First issue, we didn’t get enough red coloring liquid so the batter was more pink then red. Solution: the neighbour had some to spare. Second issue: my mum’s oven wasn’t in great shape so 2 pans at the same time wouldn’t work well. Solution: one pan at my mum’s, the other at my aunt’s next door. Result: a lot of running between the 2 houses. Third issue: cheese frosting too liquid. Solution: after 3 attempts we finally got it to the right consistency. Result: our cat is quite overweight now 🙂 Then the candles… oh the candles… 3 of us all around the cake trying to get it all on at the same time without burning us or the house! And all of this without my uncle’s knowledge. But the result was a very happy and emotional uncle and a delicious birthday cake 🙂