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