Monday, February 13, 2012

Free & Easy Bake Along #18 - Red Velvet Cake (Beetroot)

Found this recipe while I was browsing through some books while at Kinokuniya :D The pictures in the book looks so appealing as it shows bright red hue! But mine turns out deep maroon hue >.< Initially when mixing the beetroot mixture into the flour, it actually slowly change into red hue (should have taken a pics on that :P). But as the cake is baking in the oven, the red hue slowly disappear....maybe due to the prolong baking time? As the initially recipe yield 16 small cupcakes (10mins baking time) instead of baking in a normal pan which uses 20mins. And the cake is slightly dense due to my overmixing :P It is worth trying out this recipe again as it uses beetroot instead of relying red food colouring to achieve a 'red' colour cake :D Oh the taste?? First smell of the cake can detect the beetroot smell, but while tasting it not really distinctive and definitely goes well with the cream frosting :D

Ingredient (16 mini cupcakes or a 16cm heart shaped pan)
  • 100gm self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 50gm sugar
  • 1 small beestroot, peeled & coarsely grated (forgotten what is the wgt of the beetroot I've used, but look for the smallest u can find)
  • 2 tbsp corn oil
  • 1 egg
  • 50ml buttermilk (I substitute with milk + vinegar)
  • 1 tsp white vinegar (I reduced to 1/2 tsp)
Frosting :
  • 100gm cream cheese
  • 50gm unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 45gm icing sugar

  1. Sift flour & cocoa powder into a mixing bowl. Stir in sugar. Set aside.
  2. Put beetroot, oil & egg into a food processor. Blend till smooth. Briefly mix in buttermilk & vinegar.
  3. Pour beetroot mixture into flour mixture and fold till combined.
  4. Spoon batter into cupcases and bake in preheated oven at 180 deg cel 10-12mins. (16cm pan I used 20mins)
  5. Beat all frosting mixture till light & fluffy.
  6. Pipe icing on cooled cupcakes.

I would love to share this recipe to Bake Along No. 18 - Red Velvet Cupcakes for Valentine


WendyinKK said...

Are u submitting these to the Bake Along? They are doing red velvet this month.
I'll definitely prefer natural food dye over bottled ones.. the amount of dye used freaks me out.

Elena said...

Such a romantic cake for two!

Peng said...

Wendy....hehehe yesterday browse happen to see that event, yet to look at the details, most likely will join in the fun ^-*

Elena...tks :D Happy Valentine's!

Delphine said...

Hi Peng,
Happy Valentine's Day

Zoe said...

Using beetroot to add redness in red velvet cake is a brilliant idea!

Thanks for sharing this great recipe and we are very happy to have you baking along with us :D

kitchen flavours said...

Hi, That's a lovely Red Velvet Valentine Heart! Using beetroot is a wonderful alternative to red food colour! Thank you for baking along with us! Hope you can join us again in our next Bake-Along which will be a blog-hop event! :)

Peng said...

Delphine...happy valentines' to u too! :D

Zoe, Kitchen Flavours...tks for welcoming me aboard :D

lena said...

hi, i heard abt using beetroot for red velvet but actually havent really seen one. This is a great ingredient since i think many of us are a little fear of using that amount of food colouring. Thanks for your participation. YOu know, i actually thought of "wedding' when i see your cake, it's very lovely!!

Peng said...

Lena....tks for ur kind words :D but my piping skills still need brushing up, always very impatient when comes to decorating :P

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Gorgeous cake...and your icing is fabulous!!!! I'd much rather use beets for red dye versus the nasty artificial stuff.

Anonymous said...

How do you make your buttermilk?

Peng said...

Add 1/2 tbsp lemon juice with some milk to make 50 ml liquid, set aside for 15 mins before use.

Ann said...

Hi Ms.Peng,

The cake texture is soft because of the butter milk or because i saw your another velvet cupcake do not use butter milk but yogurt...
thank you very much.

Iris said...

Hi Peng, can I check if using beetroot, will it stain the mixing bowl? Thanks!

Peng said...

Iris... the beetroot is directly mixed into the flour, so i dun see any staining problem.

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