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Attempt at Red Velvet Cake - Slice

 

 

 

… You probably knew it, but I most certainly did not….

 

Freshly-made raspberry syrup, no matter how intensely burgundy, cannot color the made-from-scratch mixture for a red velvet cake. Instead, it can thoroughly and completely and absolutely destroy the expected texture of the final product…

 

 

On the positive side, this was my first attempt at fondant roses, without any tools whatsoever – not even a tear-drop cutter, and with only the invaluable instructions on the subject found online. So… results were questionable at best… I will try to make red velvet cake again, but I wish there was something else instead of food dye to make it red… I have no problem coloring fondant and putting it over a completed cake – but then again, I don’t eat that, my boys don’t eat that, and my guests are encouraged to dump it if they feel uncomfortable with the chemistry involved. Hubby on the other hand has no issues munching on things the color of the rainbow, plus black… but then again he drank Diet Coke for most of his life, thankfully he has now given up that universal cleaning solution …  Red velvet cake attempt, anyone?   

Attempt at Red Velvet Cake  

 

Note: While back-dated to September – when the cake was made – this post was actually written in November, after I decided to offload into cyberspace my newly-discovered obsession with cakes…

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Chocolate Heart Cake

 

By now, you can probably tell with fair certainty that our family likes ONE type of cake – Death by Chocolate. This one is a variation of it… While the layers are super-moist chocolate awesomeness, and it is covered in chocolate shavings, the filling I experimented with was ala Tiramisu. It is made of  mascarpone, creamed with powered sugar, flavored very generously with Kahlua – should I say drowned in it? :-), and smooth-textured with whipped heavy cream… I have to say, I’m torn between the Chambord ganache and the Kahlua mascarpone…  And… the sad truth is that I didn’t want to spoil the taste of it with fondant – thus the questionable presentation…

Note: While back-dated to September – when the cake was made – this post was actually written in November, after I decided to offload into cyberspace my newly-discovered obsession with cakes…

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