Yes, we all know red velvet cake is fabulous by now. But, did you know that it doesn’t have to be red? That’s right, you can dye this cake any colour you wish. Imagine all the fun you could have. Red velvet is typically paired with cream cheese frosting, but I think it is still delicious with Italian meringue buttercream. So the next time you want a change from chocolate cake, or vanilla cake, try this recipe. It’s tasty no matter what colour you choose! I used this recipe to make my Macaroni & Cheese Cake on How To Cake It - watch it here and don't forget to subscribe :)
Let's Make Orange Velvet Cake!
You will need:
** This recipe makes 4lbs
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt - http://amzn.to/1DfvFPq
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
How To Make The Perfect Cake Batter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of your pan with parchment paper.
Place butter, oil, sugar and vanilla in bowl of an electric mixer and beat at medium speed until well-blended. About 5 minutes. Meanwhile whisk flour, cocoa and salt into a bowl and set aside.
Beat in eggs one at a time. With machine on low, add orange gel food coloring.
Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk. Add the dry ingredients in four parts, and the buttermilk in three. Scrape down bowl and beat just long enough to combine.
Place baking soda in a small dish, stir in vinegar and add to batter with machine running. Beat for 10 seconds.
Pour your batter into prepared pan, place in oven and bake until a cake tester comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool in pan completely.
Tips for Baking
I bake all my cakes at 350º. Baking times are a suggested guideline. It is important to get to know your oven, and always test cakes in the centre with a toothpick. When it comes out clean, your cake is ready. It is also important to rotate your cakes, gently, while baking. Rotate smaller cakes once, and larger cakes that have longer baking times, four times. This helps the cake to bake evenly.
Yolanda's Handy Baking Chart
Below will give you an idea of the types of pans you can use to bake this delicious 4 lb recipe of Orange Velvet Cake, along with the suggested baking times.
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You're ready to go! I can't wait to see which colours you choose - be sure to follow and tag me on Instagram with your cake creations --> @yolanda_gampp. Dress it up with my favourite Italian Meringue Buttercream, or 7-Minute Frosting. And if you really want to hit home the chocolate flavours, you can never go wrong with ganache. If you'd like to try my Macaroni And Cheese Cake, you can find the recipe here - happy baking, and I'll see you next time on How To Cake It!