Friday, June 16, 2006

Incredible discovery

Cowboy and I happened upon the Food Network's Wedding Cake Challenge. Check it out and look at the slideshow of the competing cakes - they were really amazing! One competitor was Cakeman Raven who owns a bakery in Harlem. His cake was incredible - and it was red velvet. "What's that?" I asked Cowboy. He gave me an incredulous look. "You've never had red velvet?" His eyes lit up - knowing he was going to introduce me to something I was going to love. "We'll have to try it."
Meanwhile, I was really annoyed that there is a type of cake out there that I have never had. I looked it up on the web and found out that it is a cake with a mild chocolate flavor (only 2 tbs of cocoa powder) with a whole lot of red food coloring. I got a recipe and rustled up the ingredients. Using my new silicone bake ware from RoadRunner and Prince E, I made red velvet cupcakes. (Silicone bake ware HIGHLY recommended - so easy to clean) They were pretty good, but I think I need to try it from a bakery for comparison. Everyone seems to rave about it.
By the way, during my internet mecca for this mysterious treat, I found this great tribute to cupcakes (which helped fuel my need for cake even more).

1 comment:

Simba's Mom said...

I don't think I have ever had red velvet cake either.
Glad the cupcake pans worked well!!
I am so amazed by the things that pastry chefs can do. I saw a similar cake challenge, although it wasn't for weddings. I was very impressed.