Thursday, June 14, 2012

Do Over: Red Velvet aka L.O.V.E cake

Previously, or perhaps about a year plus ago, I baked a Red Velvet Cake for Valentine's Day. For my own self joy, I named it as a L.O.V.E cake. Not quite sure why, but somehow, a lot of people that I know associates Red Velvet cake or even chocolate cakes for Valentine's day. Maybe because the cake is in red and that is the colour that symbolises fire, heat, passion, and deep love.

While I know it's not Valentine's Day now, but I have always had a mad obsession over Red Velvet Cake. I have to say, amongst most of the cakes I baked or maybe buy from a bakery, I truly heart Red Velvet Cake.

Recently Foodbuzz sent out a challenge on "do-over" recipe. I just knew that instance that I must take part in this "do-over". At that time, I wasn't even sure if I will be selected for a "do-over" recipe. To be honest, I have baked so many cakes that I wish I wrote down the recipe or even snap prettier photos to share them here with you. Unfortunately, I have missed out on that. But what I do know is, I have a list of cakes to "do-over" and will share them with you over a span of time.
As for Foodbuzz's challenge on "do-over"? The first thing that came to mind is the L.O.V.E cake I baked previously which so happens to be a Red Velvet Cake. I love it's depth of flavour, the richness of the buttermilk that give that cake batter that tang and yet creates such a light fluffy cake. And then, the cake is frosted with tangy Cream Cheese Frosting. What's not to love about Cream Cheese Frosting? It's such a versatile frosting that suits a lot of other cake flavour. For instance, dark chocolate cake, butter cake, vanilla cake, orange cake, lemon cake, blueberry & raspberry muffins, or  even works well with chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. You see what I meant by versatile?

While the recipe I used previously is good, but it wasn't quite there yet, as I thought it was just lacking of something. The cake was not as dense and moist as I have hoped for, and the tang of the buttermilk in the batter was just not there. Previously the cake was sandwiched with cream cheese frosting. Plus I decorated the cake in a hurry, and thought that my photos were so-so. I can be a little hard on myself when it comes to creating something lusciously delicious, or so I think most times.
In a way, you could say that it's a curse of being a foodie. However, I always am happy to take feedback from my family or friends and try to revamp my recipes to make them close to perfection. Today's Red Velvet Cake is a slightly different recipe, that makes 3 layers of 6-inches round cake. In between them is sandwiched with semi-sweet chocolate ganache and the outside of the cake is frosted with light fluffy cream cheese frosting. I found this combination to work pretty well, as the chocolate ganache adds additional depth in flavour, and the cream cheese frosting completes the overall taste of the Red Velvet cake. It's slight tangy and sweet from all the combination when put together.
Having this second chance means I get to play around with the frosting design. I think went back to my sort of pink roots and frosted some ruffles that resembled a Gerbera Daisy's petals. I just love the look of  my Gerbera Daisy Cake in my past post that this time round I decided to make it in Red-ish or is it slightly Pink-ish in colour. I thought I put my darker chic side a rest for this week, and welcome back my girly pink chic side.. LOL.

For you pink lovers, red velvet  cake lovers and for those who have a deep sense of passion towards L.O.V.E, I hope you enjoy this post and spread the LOVE around to your love ones. Everyday can be Valentine's Day, so long you decide it is!!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Frigidaire. When you share your own do-over moment at Facebook.com/Frigidaire, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children's U.S. programs. Plus, Frigidaire will help cover the costs for one lucky visitor to win the ultimate do-over.

xx

52 comments:

  1. Oh my! I don't care if it isn't Valentine's Day! I'm in love! In love with this gorgeous vision in front of me (and I'm not standing in front of my mirror, you know)! and I'm not even a great fan of red velvet cakes! LOL! You are really so gifted in cake making and decorating.

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    1. Hehehe.. what a great way to start my weekend. You sure have a great sense of humour Aunty Ping! Always found a way to crack me up ;)

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  2. This is the perfect romantic cake for all seasons and every reason. I really admire your perfection. Wonderful picture as well!

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    1. Thanks Purabi! So nice to hear from you.. will pop over to buzz you shortly. Cheers!

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  3. I see wshy this is a love cake - I have fallen for the presentation, the colour, the flavour and the cake itself! Genius my friend, well done :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Thanks Guru Uru! Appreciate the continuous support..

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  4. Yes, you are too hard on yourself. I've never seen a bad photo from you or a sub par recipe. This cake is beyond gorgeous!

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    1. :D Thanks Sandra! Am happy to hear from you, and nice to know that I have not put anything that's not so good looking on my blog. Will certainly continue to do my level best to present sweet looking treats, cheers!

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  5. Joanna! As you know I am a HUGE fan! I just adore all that you do and this is no execption! The most beautiful blog and cakes around I say!

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    1. THANKS Chandra!! I truly appreciate the support and please stay in touch.. I try to do my level best and glad to hear that you enjoy going through my blog. Have a good weekend!!

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  6. Beautiful cake!!! adorable colors, cream cheese frosting fantastic.
    Just the perfect LOVE cake!!!

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    1. Thanks Lola! I am enjoying your travel posts. Must start planning a vacation soon.. xoxo

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    1. Thanks Kelly! It may throw somebody's diet off, but I suppose, feasting with the eyes won't hurt at all..LOL

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  8. I have a special love for red velvet cakes. I don't know How many times I scrolled up and down to look at the delicious scrumptious cake. And one more thing I would like to tell you I have a weakness for baking goods.

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    1. Hi Balvinder! So glad you stopped by. You are certainly not alone in this as I too have a weakness for baked treats. Am happy to know you enjoyed this post and please come over anything. Will buzz you over at your blog too.. Have a good weekend ahead!! Cheers, Jo

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  9. Joanna, you are crazy! I always think of you as very girly girl, and looking at your post, you really are! You know how to make your sweets so appearing to girls, and you do make so perfectly. Miss you girl! I wish I can visit you, but probably you will visit me sooner than I would visit you. ;-) Hope work and everything is well. Our picture (jpg) is in my folder that I usually open. I see your face all the time! xo

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    1. Nami, you are so sweet and kind, really makes me want to cry.. not because I am sad but because I can call you as my friend. I do miss you tons and really hope to be back real soon. LOL.. I think since young I have always been a typical girly girl. I love dolls and anything pink. And now since I am older, I love dress ups too.. Kekeke.. Life this year is slightly hectic, otherwise it should be okay I hope. I love looking at our photo, we will soon see one another again and take more photos this time. Hugggggsss

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  10. What a girly and lovely layered cake! I love it.

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    1. Thanks Angie...I don't think I have made a masculine cake, or because I just don't quite know what appeals to men. LOL.. probably ribs and steak.. that's what I should be doing ;).

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  11. That is absolutely stunning! Really just so lovely and I love how you paired the colours with the gerbera. And I always associated red velvet with love as we had it as our wedding cake :D

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    1. Thanks Lorraine ;). Wow.. if I ever do get married one day, I will be torn between red velvet and chocolate cake. LOL...

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  12. This cake looks so amazing. All in all, I think that foodies/food bloggers are their own worst critic. However, kudos to you for continuing to tweak recipes until you find that perfection according to your personal tastes. Red velvet is such a classic, however, you have managed to make yours very unique in presentation and no doubt it is one delicious dessert!

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    1. That's true too.. ;) I suppose that's the fun part too that we get to taste and have a say in something.. ;)

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  13. Valentine's Day or not, this cake looks perfect for any occasion =) Great do-over!

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    1. Thanks Peggy! Glad you popped over.. have a good week ahead.

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  14. Jo, I'm so sorry for coming to your blog so late...although I did leave replies to you on my blog, it's still not the same as commenting directly on yours!
    Your cake is a 'vision of loveliness'...red velvet 'makeover' with the most beautiful pink frosting, and the red velvet cake 'beaming' from the inside!
    I'm soooo loving this cake...one of your BEST master pieces. I'm drooling over this, and want to pin this on PINTEREST asap!
    Big, hugggsss...hope you are feeling better, now!

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    1. Hi Elisabeth, no worries and not at all. Having you come by to check up on me is what matters ;). The thought that counts, and it's not how soon it is. Awww.. thanks for the sweet feedback. I still strive to create nicer looking treats. All is well, and do stay in touch. Huggss,

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  15. I love red velvet cake. I had it the first time at the Regas Restaurant in Knoxville. A downtown landmark that had been operating for 90 years before closing last year. It was where I taught my son how to hold a lady's chair and behave like a gentleman. ...and all from red velvet cake. :)

    Yours is very pretty!

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    1. Thanks Maureen!! Aww that is so sweet of your son to behave like a gentleman. However I think all men should be like that too.. LOL.. Stay in touch and will buzz you real soon over at your blog. Cheers

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  16. Everything you make IS chic and gorgeous! This looks amazing!

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    1. Hi Lizzy! How was your holiday? Aww, thanks so much for your constant support. It's good to know that you and the gals have been constantly behind my back.. xoxo

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  17. I just LOVE your L.O.V.E cake Joanna. It's so pretty and sweet. L.O.V.E. Cake is lovely on Valentine's Day or any day of the year. Send you hugs xoxo

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    1. Thanks Lora! Glad you popped over.. Hope all is well with you and mom. Take care now and can't wait to check out what you are cooking up next. xoxo

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  18. Looks delicious! Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!0

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  19. Break out the defibrulator because this cake just put me over the head. HOLY SMOKES! Love is too light a word. Adore? Obsess? Worship? Any and all positive adjectives apply. Simply stunning :)

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    1. LOL.. I am glad you enjoyed feasting with your eyes. Your remarks really put a smile on my face and cracked me up.. Do stay in touch.. Cheers!!

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  20. Red velvet is my absolute fave! This looks gorgeous, Jo!!

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  21. Gorgeous cake! I'd be happy to make this one again and again :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping over, appreciate it. I will be buzzing you over at your blog ;)! Do stay in touch too. Have a good week ahead.. cheers.

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  22. Red velvet cake is always welcome whatever time of the year it is! Your cake is gorgeous! I love your beautiful piping.

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    1. Aww.. Thanks Jennifer. I really love red velvet cake, and can have it anytime.. LOL.. Hope all is well and can't wait to check out next month's SABH blog hop. Cheers!

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  23. I can't remember every seeing a more GORGEOUS cake. Are you kidding me girl - you otta open your very own bakery. You have some SERIOUS talent!

    I LOVE this and I L.O.V.E. this! You rock Jo :)

    chow :) Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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  24. Hi Devaki! LOL.. This cake really makes me happy.. cause I accomplished to put smiles on all your faces and leaving me with such sweet compliments. Perhaps I should really think of doing something, since I really love playing with colours.. Hope all is well and missing ya lots too. Can't believe time flies..xoxo, Jo

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  25. Gorgeous Cake!!!
    See I love ur site.. Keep coming back again n again...

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    1. Awww.. Thanks Reem!! Really puts a smile on my face.. have a good weekend ahead.. xoxo

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  26. I'm going out get a cake likes yours!! im so hungry right now!! you are great on this (making me hungry lol) <3 xxx

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