Red Velvet
Posted: 23 October 2011 11:27 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Hello fellow bakers

I need your help. Friend of mine asked to bake her wedding cake - red velvet cake. I never baked this cake, & on internet I found plenty. I dont know which one to choose.

My second question is can I cover the cake with rolled fondant. RV cake texture is very fragile, wont the fondant crush it?

The last, is this cake should be filled & frosted exactly with cream cheese icing or I can use smth else.

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Posted: 23 October 2011 01:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Thanks Ladies.
@ Flour Girl, I have The Cake Bible, there is no recipe of RV Cake. We dont have here Heavenly Cakes, is there any chance I can find Rose’s recipe?

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Posted: 23 October 2011 07:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I made a three tier cake last weekend and red velvet was the bottom, 10” square.  I filled it with the white chocolate cream cheese buttercream with added icing sugar to make it thicker and covered it with fondant.  It was fine.

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Posted: 24 October 2011 03:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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When I saw this I had to sign-up, so first post!
For what it’s worth here’s my two cents on a Red Velvet wedding cake: I just finished one and although I didn’t use Rose’s recipe (I would have if I’d thought of it at the time!) the one I did use had only veg oil (no butter) and I added 4 Tablespoons of cocoa instead of the usual smaller amount and cut back a bit on the flour. Using all oil may make for a moister cake but I’ll let others with more experience give their opinions. I used the insulated Cake Strips on the larger layers which kept the cake flat and I believe added to a denser, moister crumb.

The food coloring was a “Red Red” - there are many variations on the red coloring theme these days and this one worked really well with the extra cocoa to give a rich red that did not look electric as many low cocoa recipes do.
I also chose to go with a cream cheese icing instead of a fondant because I really believe that is what makes this cake so special in addition to the red color. This was a 4 tier for 250 and it was a huge hit! You have no idea how many people came up to me (I was a guest as well) and thanked me for not using fondant, although it’s slick looking most people find it tastes way too sweet and “plasticky”. The comment from the bride and groom was that this was the first time they had ever seen a whole wedding cake eaten on the spot!

Yes, trying to assemble this cake whole and deliver it would be touchy but I did the final assembly on site and a patch kit took care of any divots!

If you still wanted to go with fondant I would imagine that if the cake was baked properly and well chilled before putting on the fondant, it would not get crumby, but that’s only a guess.

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Posted: 24 October 2011 04:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thank you for your prompt reply.

@hectorwong - even I order the book at amazon will not reach to me in 10-15 days, i.e I live in the Middle East. Will try smth else.
@ bbaker - I wish to go with the Buttercream icing, but the order is 3 tiers Vintage suitcase cake, which requires some details on it.

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Posted: 24 October 2011 12:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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@Hector, thanks a lot. It’s the first time am gonna bake RV cake, & its for a wedding. I know Rose’s recipes all 5* smile

@Flour girl, definitely will post pictures.

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Posted: 24 October 2011 04:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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bbaker - 24 October 2011 06:50 AM

For what it’s worth here’s my two cents on a Red Velvet wedding cake: I just finished one and although I didn’t use Rose’s recipe (I would have if I’d thought of it at the time!) the one I did use had only veg oil (no butter) and I added 4 Tablespoons of cocoa instead of the usual smaller amount and cut back a bit on the flour. Using all oil may make for a moister cake but I’ll let others with more experience give their opinions.  The food coloring was a “Red Red” - there are many variations on the red coloring theme these days and this one worked really well with the extra cocoa to give a rich red that did not look electric as many low cocoa recipes do.
If you still wanted to go with fondant I would imagine that if the cake was baked properly and well chilled before putting on the fondant, it would not get crumby, but that’s only a guess.

Dear bbaker,
If your recipe is not a secret, do you mind sharing it? The last rv I made was delicious and moist, but it called for shortening along with butter, yet I would much rather use oil vs. shortening. I’ve tried Rose’s rv, but I too prefer the deeper red, so I used the recipe that uses more cocoa, whole egss etc…Thanks a lot!

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Posted: 27 October 2011 02:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Strawberry, where in the middle east do you live? I am here too for the next year, what would be the odds if we were both in Abu Dhabi? I have RHC! Please, oh, please! You can cover any cake with fondant with the right supports and skilled hands, as moderncake also said. It can be done! Get back to me about where you are, if you can smile

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Posted: 27 October 2011 02:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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OH MY GOSH Strawberry, I just looked at your profile, you are an hour away! AN HOUR! How amazing is that? Come on over, I’ll share the recipe with you straight from the book smile I’ll help you however you need my friend!

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Posted: 28 October 2011 06:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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@ Jemoiselle, this world is so small. Are you in Abu Dhabi? Definitely we’ll meet up. Are you coming to Dubai? Please let me know. My email ad is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Talk to you later.

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Posted: 28 October 2011 06:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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@ Hectorwong - thanks a lot for the recipe. The cake come out fab, though it’s my 1st RV. I used Rose’s cream cheese with white chocolate icing, added a lil bit more chocolate. Overall was very good, all the guests in the wedding showered me with their ah & uh smile. I really appreciate your assistance.
@ Flour Child, trying figure out how can i browse the picture. The bottom tier was fruitcake (the bride is British smile, the middle tier’s RV, the top’s chocolate. All tiers covered with the rolled fondant. Was proud of my creation he he

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