Saturday, October 17, 2015

Red Velvet Cake for Justine's Birthday

My colleague, Justine, had her birthday on 3 October, while she was on vacation in France.  On her return this week, we celebrated belatedly with her at work.

Justine's favourite colour is red, and she wears a lot of it.  This was the inspiration for this cake - can you tell?

The cake itself was my favourite red velvet cake recipe from Sweet and Vicious by Libby Summers.  You know how much I love this cake because I have made it twice before - here and here.

This time, I decorated the cake with my favourite Primrose Bakery vanilla buttercream instead of cream cheese frosting because I made the cake in advance and needed to store it outside of the fridge - rolled fondant and fridges don't mix.

I made the red decorations from red rolled fondant (tip - it's easier to buy strong colours of icing already made up) and a daisy punch cutter, with black seed pearls glued on with a little water for the centres.  I was going to leave it there (I was over rolling fondant), but it looked a little incomplete, so I found out some red M&Ms that I had leftover from RSPCA Cupcake Day and placed them around the bottom edge of the cake.  Perfect!

Here's a peek inside:

and this was my (huge!) piece:

It's delish, so I was very happy to eat it all.

Justine said that she enjoyed n the end, that's all that counts.


Johanna GGG said...

looks fantastic - you do such a great job of decorating your cakes - it must make it even harder to transport them to work - and I want a slice too

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Wow what a vibrant and gorgeous cake Cakelaw! I bet she was absolutely thrilled with it! :D

Kayte said...

So beautiful! Justine must have felt so honored to have such a gorgeous cake for her special celebration.

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Dear Gaye, you certainly did an outstanding job with this Red velvet birthday cake - it looks stunning and utterly delicious. I have never made a red velvet cake yet but if I get a chance to do so, I will come back for your recipe recommendation - loving your fondant decorations too!
Have a wonderful Sunday, dear friend!

The Caked Crusader said...

Love how you've decorated this cake - the flowers are so bold and stunning!

Beth said...

Such a beautiful cake!

2paw said...

So beautifully decorated, I love the daisies and the little centres. I do like red velvet cake, I heard about mint velvet cake the other day. I am not sure about that. Justine must have been as pleased as punch.

Hotly Spiced said...

Happy birthday to Justine. And what a gorgeous cake. I love how it's decorated xx

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

Your cake turned of so pretty!!