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.