Thursday, June 17, 2010

Happy 30th Mr. J!

Today is Mr. J's 30th birthday.  It just so happened that his parents are in town for a visit, both for his birthday as well as a friend's wedding this weekend.  Anyway, Mr. J asked his mom if she could create his favorite home cooked meal and then requested that I make his favorite red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.



So, in honor of Mr. J's special day, I made Cake Man Raven's famous recipe.  Cake Man Raven has a super famous bakery on Fulton Street in Brooklyn.  We used to LOVE stopping by his shop to grab a large piece of his red velvet cake.  Delicious!

Ingredients:
Vegetable oil for the pans
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon cocoa powder (I used 2 teaspoons)
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tablespoons red food coloring (1 ounce)
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Crushed pecans, for garnish (optional)

For frosting (use more for multi-layer cake):
1 pound cream cheese, softened
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup), softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil and flour 3 (9 by 1 1/2-inch round) cake pans.  In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In another large bowl, whisk together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla.

Using a standing mixer, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined and a smooth batter is formed.  Divide the cake batter evenly among the prepared cake pans. Place the pans in the oven evenly spaced apart. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through the cooking, until the cake pulls away from the side of the pans, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

Remove the cakes from the oven and run a knife around the edges to loosen them from the sides of the pans. One at a time, invert the cakes onto a plate and then re-invert them onto a cooling rack, rounded-sides up. Let cool completely.


For Frosting:
In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand-held electric mixer in a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, and butter on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to high, and mix until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. (Occasionally turn the mixer off, and scrape the down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.)

Reduce the speed of the mixer to low. Add the vanilla, raise the speed to high and mix briefly until fluffy (scrape down the bowl occasionally). Store in the refrigerator until somewhat stiff, before using. May be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.

 
 
 

Man, check out all of the candles on Mr. J's cake!  I love the fact that his parents shocked him with a greatly timed kiss.  Too cute.


Happy Birthday dear hubby!

3 comments:

  1. Cute pic of Ben with his parents. I love it!

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  2. hehehe! Love the last pic... too cute! :)

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