Red Velvet Cake

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If you only make one recipe from this blog, this is the one you want to make. It is awesome! My roomates have been munching down. This red velvet cake is very rich and flavorful. The pictures of it aren't the best but I promise it takes amazing.

This recipe is once again from The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook by Cybele Pascal.

Red Velvet Cake with Velvet Frosting: Dairy, egg, soy, nut, fish, and wheat free.

Makes 1 8-inch two layer cake

Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups Gluten Flour mix (see last blog; 6 cups = 4 cups superfine brown rice flour, 1 1/3 cups potato starch, 2/3 cup tapioca flour; if you can't have that, try a mix in my replacements post)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 taspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups rice milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup dairy-free, soy-free vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons Ener-G egg replacer mixed with 6 tablespoons rice milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (1-ounce) bottle red food coloring (we ran out so we added a few drops of purple)

Cake Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans, line with cutout parchment paper, grease again, and dust with a little cocoa powder.
  2. Whisk together the flour mix, cocoa powder, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine the rice milk and cider vinegar. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the shortening, sugar, egg replacer, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the food coloring and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Sift in the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the rice milk mixture, and beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat until smooth, about 30 seconds, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. Divide the batter between two pans, and smooth down the surface using a frosting spatula.
  6. Bake in the center of the oven for about 35 minutes, or until the cake is beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan and a akewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Rotate the pans halfway through the baking time.
  7. Let cool in the pans on a cooling rack for 30 minutes. Cover the cake pan with a large plate, flip, peel off the parchment paper, and flip the cake back onto the rack, right side up, to cool completely. Repeat with the other cake.
  8. Once the cakes have cooled completely, you may use a serrated knife to trim the tops to make them level. Frost with Velvet Frosting (following). Once the frosting has set, store covered at room temperature.

Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1 cup dairy-free, soy-free vegetable shortening
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 cups confectioners'/powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Frosting Directions:
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the shortening and salt on medium speed for 1 minute.
  2. Add the confectioners' sugar in three batches, beating after each addition.
  3. Add the rice milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until smooth, creamy, and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

What I used: Bob's Red Mill gluten free flours, Nestle Toll House cocoa powder, Bob's Red Mill xanthan gum, Great Value (Walmart) baking powder, Arm & Hammer baking soda, Great Value salt, Rice Dream rice milk, Bragg's apple cider vinegar, Spectrum organic all vegetable shortening (palm oil), Great Value sugar, Ener-G egg replacer, Kroger vanilla extract, McCormick food colors, 365 (Whole Foods) powdered sugar, ReaLemon lemon juice

What I thought: This was one of the best cakes I've ever tried, let alone baked. The only problems that arose were that we iced it too soon so the icing pulled off cake chunks and that the icing recipe didn't make enough. We made two batches of the icing and still didn't have enough. The icing was very rich and we added too much, especially in the center. But other than those minor issues, it's an awesome cake.

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Teresa said...

The red velvet cake looks so yummy!!! You will have to make it for us next time you come home or for you Dad's birthday!