Ah !! It`s valentine again and every year I make sure that I surprise my hubby with something different. At the beginning of our marriage, we used to buy gifts, cards and all that kiddo kind of things, but as years pass by, being with one another is the greatest joy and gift that we have for each other. This year I thought I would surprise him with a Velvet cake, since I was learning on how to bake and design cakes.
To be frank, this cake have been evolved from lots of my mix and matches and I tell you is also a healthy cake. Why I tell healthy is because, I have not used the flour on whole, but half is wheat flour !!! I have been reading over the net various recipes and have seen in many recipes, the flour being replaced with wheat flour for healthier reasons. So I thought, even I would give a try.
The actual intention was to make a red velvet cake, however when I started on with the batter, I realized, I was in short of red color and so I shifted to orange color…lol….After all it is not the color that matters, when making just for family…..:) To form the heart shape, I did surf the net a lot and it was then I came upon the idea from here, that you can trace a heart on to a butter paper and then cut the round cake. My cake is not perfect, but I guess it was fine , for the family….lol… You see those cake pops??? They are the cut out cake that I rolled into balls my mixing the cake crumbs with little whipped cream !!! and designed by my son….. Nice way of not wasting the crumbs right ???…lol…
I topped it with cream cheese and Pinterest Board has made me stretch myself to give my hands a try on the beautiful pictures I see there. Though I am no where to what the professionals are, I did like my first attempt on a Rose cake. This cake was very much appreciated and loved by my family and the attempt was encouraged. It was such a great feeling to see all of them being happy and enjoying the cake.
Servings – 15-20 pieces
1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
1 cup wheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 Cups Castor Sugar
1 cup Softened butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp Vanilla essence
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tbsp Cocoa powder
1 1/2 tbsp Food color ( I used orange and yellow mix)
1 tbsp Cider Vinegar or Lemon juice
For Cream Cheese Frosting
3 cups Unsifted Confectioners Sugar, sifted
1 cup unsalted butter
8 oz cream cheese
2 tsp Vanilla Essence
. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Grease pans and keep aside.
. Sift the flour, wheat flour, and salt and keep aside.
. Beat the eggs till light and fluffy. To this add the butter and sugar and beat well till light and fluffy.
. To this , add the flour mixture ( dry ingredients) alternating with buttermilk. (Begin and end with flour mixture here) and fold well.
. Then add the vanilla essence.
. In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder and color to a paste. Mix this to the batter and blend well.
. In another bowl, mix the lemon juice and baking soda. This will form a foam. Stir this immediately to the batter and beat.
. The batter would be thick. Pour the batter to the pan and bake for about 20-25 mins or till cake is done.
For the Cream Cheese
. Sift the confectioners sugar and keep aside.
. Beat the butter and cream cheese till blended well.
. Add in the vanilla essence and the sugar , little by little and blend well. Taste as you go for the amount of sweetness required.
. Beat till thick and creamy.
With the help of a piping bag and flower tip, you can make the roses on the cake.
Note : This cake could also be microwaved for about 3 minutes.
Tips : In case you do not have buttermilk, you can make it instantly. To 1 cup of milk, mix 1 tbsp lemon juice and let it stand for 10 minutes. The milk will curdle and you can use this as buttermilk.