Fighting for Every Heartbeat ?>

Fighting for Every Heartbeat

With love in the air I decided to raise money for a charity close to my heart (no pun intended!) … the British Heart Foundation.

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I decided on baking 24 Red Velvet Cupcakes as they just screamed Valentine to me – especially adding a simple ‘cake’ heart on top.

  

…and then disaster struck…my scales broke!

 Luckily I only had flour to measure … I needed 450g and had a 500g bag…so I think I just about got away with it. Time to go shopping though!

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Anyhoo… with the main batch mixed time to add some colour!

I’m not sure if any of you have ever baked Red Velvet before but every time I do my cakes turned brown with the wonderful world of technology a few weeks ago I ‘googled’ this and found the following from Hummingbird Bakery.

My Red Velvet Cupcakes are turning out brown. What have I done wrong?

Using ‘natural’ red food colouring will often cause the sponge to come out orangey brown in colour rather than red. Make sure you use a good quality red food colouring that isn’t natural. A variety of colour gels, pastes and liquids can be found online.

It turns out that the baking powder and vinegar react with the ‘natural’ red food colouring making them go a brown colour!

After a number of different colours (including Wiltons) I wasn’t having much luck! Therefore I decided to seek help from the experts… as you know I have started Cake Decorating classes so I mentioned this to my tutor (Ruby) who recommended ‘Sugarflair‘… and oh thank god it actually worked!

For those that know me well, you’ll know how much I’ve struggled with this!

   

I finally have Red Velvet Cupcakes!

p.s. they aren’t as red as ones from shops as I purchased ‘Christmas Red’, not ‘Red Velvet “Red”‘

So as previously mentioned my scales were dead, gone, and out…. and I still had the cake toppings to make. I had no recipe, no timings, and no scales… times to use my brain and best guess….

  

Somehow I DID IT

 Once the baking was done, with 1/3 of it without scales, I moved onto decorating the cakes….

   

A few dozen hearts and half a dozen roses later…

  

 I have my icing done, my toppings attached, and my cakes finished.

These cupcakes were due to be a relatively simple cake for me to make, I love Red Velvet so have made them often. Unfortunately with the scales breaking they were a little more challenging than I was expected.

But… it was totally worth it as I raised £61.33 for the British Heart Foundation.

 

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