Do you have a history with red velvet cake? Childhood memories? I don’t. I haven’t eaten it and I haven’t baked it. This is why I’ve chosen this cake as my baking challenge of the month: it’s my chance to make it my own. I want a soft cake, playfully colored red, topped and filled with a sweet creamy frosting. Here it is.

 

 

Mix the batter and smell the potent scent of vanilla.

The batter is light and doubled in 5 minutes.

Eyeball an even amount of batter in each of the two pans. The batter is not too thick.

 

 

Bake the two pans for 30 minutes, until a tester is clean. While the cakes are cooling completely, prepare the cream-cheese frosting. Patiently blend the frosting. We do not want lumps.

Refrigerate the crumb-coated cake for a few minutes, along with the remaining frosting. Then, frost the cake sides with that chilled (and re-mixed) frosting. It’s an ideal artistic platform.

This is a soft cake that slices well. It’s not too fragile. A slice holds together.

Take your first bite and taste the cream cheese. Close your eyes and taste another bite (in order to forget about the “redness”). You are tasting a moist cake—a little rich, a little chocolate.

The sweet, smooth frosting seals the deal.

 

 

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Zoë Bakes Cakes by Zoē François. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the links below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

It is a new year and a new book - Zoë Bakes Cakes - and our choices for May 2022 were ~

Lemon Curd Pound Cake
Dacquoise with Cream and Berries

Red Velvet Cake