What is your very favorite, hands-down winner, knock-your-socks-off red velvet cake recipe (if you don't mind sharing this) And same question for lemon cake. Thank you guys!!!
I use the Martha Stewart Red Velvet recipe.Â It gets rave reviews every time I make it.Â For lemon, just take your favorite white recipe and add the zest of a lemon and use lemon oil or extract to flavor it.Â Don't just add juice because it might screw up your recipe.
I use the Magnolia Bakery red velvet cake recipe - you can find it on epicurious. Have been using it for years to makes cakes and cupcakes and everyone loves it. For lemon, I do the same as mentioned above - add in lemon zest and lemon oil to a white/yellow cake.
Thank you both!
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In a lemon cake, the juice is best added after in either a nice glaze or frosting.Â If you add the glaze while warm, it will soak in.Â Very nice.
For RV I have been using the Lorann RV emulsion with either my vanilla cake recipe (makesÂ two 8 inch layers)Â or, if I want a taller cake, my white almond recipe (makesthree 8 inch layers).Â I use one tablespoon of emulsion and one tablespoon of cocoa powder for each layer.Â I add the emulsion to the liquids and stir it in really well,Â and addÂ the cocoa powder to the dry ingredients and mix as usual.Â It's my granddaughter's favorite cake and she says it compares favorably with any RV she's had elsewhere.
For lemon cake I use my favorite vanilla cake recipe, andÂ I begin the evening before I'm going to bake (or the morning of if I'm baking in the evening) by zesting two lemons.Â I measure the sugar into a ziplock bag and add the zest to it, shake it up,Â and let it sit till I'm ready to begin baking.Â I then proceed as usual, except that I squeeze the lemons and replaceÂ up toÂ 1/2 cup of the milk in my recipe with the juice.
@ AnnieCahill: I've seen warnings before about adding lemon juice to a cake recipe.Â I'm curious as to what exactly it does to screw up a recipe.Â I do find that my lemon (and lime, and orange)Â cake is a tad bitÂ more denseÂ than the vanilla texture wise, but not in a bad way.Â I assumed that was due to the souring of the milk with the lemon juice added to it.
I also use Magnolia bakery's red velvet its a winner every time. My kids who are incredibly picky love it. I've used the emulsions but I felt there was a weird aftertaste. I have to say though when I tried it I did not add the cocoa so that may make a difference. I also use my usual yellow cake recipe and sub vanilla extract with lemon and add lemon zest as well to convert it to a lemon cake.Â
I also use Magnolia bakery's red velvet its a winner every time. My kids who are incredibly picky love it. I've used the emulsions but I felt there was a weird aftertaste. I have to say though when I tried it I did not add the cocoa so that may make a difference. I also use my usual yellow cake recipe and sub vanilla extract with lemon and add lemon zest as well to convert it to a lemon cake.
I found that with just the emulsion the cake was too pink.Â The added cocoa powder makes for a richer color.Â I've never noticed an aftertaste, butÂ I'm not a fan of RV at the best of times.Â When I want a chocolate cake I want an honest to g chocolate cake where the recipe calls for a whole cup of cocoa powder. lol
Thank you guys. I did end up trying the Martha Stewart RV recipe and all 3 times it came out dry.Â I take my cakes out as soon as the knife comes out clean, and my cakes usually ARE DRY. Wish I knew what I was doing wrong!!! I even upped the buttermilk 1/4 c (it calls for 1c. so I used 1and1/4 c) Should I be taking my cakes out before the knife comes out completely clean??
First, check your oven temperature.Â Things could be off.Â Second, I always pull my cakes before the toothpick comes out dry.Â Mine always have some moist crumbs.Â I mean, you can tell the difference between liquid batter and crumbs.Â I always check it at least 5 minutes before the lowest bake time.Â
Also about the lemon juice, sometimes the acidity can mess with the recipe.Â I've tried it before but it doesn't work in all recipes.Â Besides, to me, lemon juice just adds sourness, not a good, true lemon flavor.Â That's why I use oil or extract.Â If I want more punch, I usually fill my lemon cakes with curd.Â It's tangy AND lemony!Â :)
AI got an oven thermometer and would you believe my oven runs 75 degrees hotter??
AI'm not surprised. My mom's oven is 20 years old and runs about 100 degrees over!
For my favoriteÂ red velvet cake I use very easy recipe.Â
1 c buttermilkÂ
1 tbsp vinegar Â
1 stick butterÂ
1 nuts optional
1 box powdered sugarÂ
1 box butter cake mix
8 ozÂ cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp sodaÂ
1 tsp cocoaÂ
Cream Cheese Icing:Â cream cheese,Â butter,Â powdered sugar.Â Â MixÂ cocoa with cake mix. Â
Stir in buttermilk, vanilla,Â butter and eggs. Add coloring.Â Blend. Add soda and vinegar and mix again well. Beat 4 minutes. Bake at 375Â° for aboutÂ 30 minutes.Â
As for Lemon Cake, I like this recipeÂ http://cookiteasy.net/recipe/lemon-cake-32886.htmlÂ I use it twice, so I canÂ vouch that the cake willÂ turn out delicious. Just look at the pictures, they look so appetizing!Â