This cake is moist, light, delicious, and velvety... and it’s not red! I don’t really get the obsession with red velvet cake, as I can’t understand why anyone would add food colouring to a perfectly lovely cake just to change its colour. There will be arguments in favour of using natural food colouring — but as it won’t enhance the flavour in any way I won’t be swayed. I have added a tbsp of strawberry jam for depth of flavour. So, below is an easy recipe for a Chocolate Velvet Cake, which is smothered in delightful red berries, with a sprinkling of blueberries for good measure.
275g cream flour
25g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bread soda
½ tsp sea salt
60ml sunflower oil
30gr strawberry or any red berry jam
1 tsp raspberry vinegar or similar
2 tsps vanilla extract
300gr caster sugar
115gr butter at room temperature
2 large free range eggs
500g cream cheese
113g unsalted Butter (at room temperature)
270g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Roughly 700gr mixed berries
- Pre-heat the oven to 175C.
- Grease the base and sides of two 9in cake tins, and line the base with a disk of parchment paper for good measure.
- Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, bread soda, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, jam, vinegar and vanilla.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy, then add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition. Be sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is mixed well.
- Fold in half the dry flour mix and then half the buttermilk mix.
- Repeat, using the remaining flour and finally, buttermilk mixture.
- Divide the cake mix between the two tins, levelling off the top.
- Bake the cakes in pre-heated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until cooked through.
- Run a small knife around the edges to free the cake; cool the cakes for five minutes then gently turn out onto a wire rack to cool, carefully peeling off the parchment paper.
- Allow the cakes to cool completely before assembling.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, with a spade attachment cream the cheese for a minute then add the butter, vanilla and icing sugar.
Mix together until smooth and creamy.
Cut each cake in half horizontally; place one layer on a serving plate or cake board.
Spread gently with quarter of the frosting, and then top with quarter of the fruit.
Repeat with the remaining layers, keeping a base upturned for the top.
Finish the top with more berries and enjoy.
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