Valentines Day Red Velvet Cake for Two

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Happy Valentines Day!

Here is my super simple recipe for a small Red Velvet cake with Cream Cheese icing that can be shared between two.

This cake is very moist and fluffy, and is a delicious way to end the day spent with a special someone.

You will need:

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  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 7ml red food colouring

Steps:

Preheat oven to 200˚C. In a small bowl place cocoa powder and red food colouring and mix. Add dribbles of water until the mixture becomes a smooth, velvet red paste.

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Pour/sift all remaining ingredients into a large bowl and beat until smooth and fluffy. Then stir in red velvet cocoa paste.

Then you will need to grease the cake tin with butter. I used a small tin, since its a small cake, around 10cm in diameter. Afterwards, pour the mixture into the tin.

Bake for 30 minutes on 200˚C, or take out when the cake has risen significantly and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

For the icing you can make your own cream cheese icing, or you can cheat a little and just use Betty Crockers vanilla icing which goes perfectly with the cake as well!

To make cream cheese icing just beat together 70g cream cheese, 40g unsalted butter softened and 1/2 cup icing sugar. Then ice away. Voila!

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I chose to slice the cake in half horizontally, and then do a layer of icing in the middle. Then, I coated the entire cake with the icing, and pumped little decorations around the base and on the top. Finally, I garnished with chopped fresh strawberries and an edible flower.

This cake is so tasty which makes it great for a special occasion like Valentines Day, or any day of the week you feel like it!

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Enjoy

xx

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Velvet red, for a delicious and easy to make cake for two

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives

Let’s be brilliant in 2017.

As the fireworks exploded in bursts of colour over Sydney Harbour, friends cheered and kissed, and we ticked over into 2017, I had a surge of excitement in anticipation of the coming year.

I spent much of 2016 getting excited about major events dotted throughout the year (parties, functions, uni finishing, holidays etc.). In 2017 I will still enjoy these events, but I also want to appreciate more ordinary moments in my life. The everyday.

The brilliant quote by Annie Dillard which titles this post encapsulates how I’m going to dive into 2017. Each day I’m going to stop worrying about what others think, and do what makes me happy. I’ll spend more time writing, exploring and recording my adventures, whilst delving into the amazing journies and insights that others share on their blogs.

If I don’t do it today, I’m going to wish I had in a year.

xx