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post #16 of 45
Hello.. I just printed the receipe and I'm going to make it.. Thank you so much for the link..
Question.. What do you put on top of the cake once it is frosted? Do you leave it plain or put anything on top of it like nuts, raspberries, etc?

Thanks so much
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post #17 of 45
Hello.. I just printed the receipe and I'm going to make it.. Thank you so much for the link..
Question.. What do you put on top of the cake once it is frosted? Do you leave it plain or put anything on top of it like nuts, raspberries, etc?

Thanks so much
Carissa
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post #18 of 45
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Hi again.......
Oh, I'm so happy you all are trying out his recipe and those who already have, also love this cake!!

I just made another cake from cake man recipe, I altered the icing, I left out the butter, increased to 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract and WOW, it is really really good icing.......

For me, since it's December, I'm going to put differ things on each cake...
like, pecans, walnuts, almonds, some candy canes, chocolate peppermint candies or the peppermint ones. Holy moly,,, there are so many differ ways to decorate this cake!!
NO, I'm not going to put "all" that delicious goodies on top at the same time!

Too Dah Loo!!
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post #19 of 45
when i made it at christmas.. i toasted the pecans.... crushed them up.. put them around the sides of the cake... he shows this method also.... then i made a gumpaste poinsettia for the top.. it was very pretty... everyone raved over it ... and how delicious it was also..
post #20 of 45
O.K...I finally have time to reply to this post!
Cake Man's recipe has become my standard, for cake and cupcakes!!
I first started off using Magnolia Bakery's recipe, which is good...but this recipe is easier and slightly moister.
This man at my mom's job orders RV cupcakes almost every week! He calls them "those red muffins" LOL

Anyway, I did make some changes (subtle), which have definitely made this recipe "my own", but I will share...

Instead of 1 tsp. of cocoa I use 1 Tablespoon; sometimes 2 T.
Instead of 1 tsp. vanilla, I use 2 tsp. (Madagascar Bourbon, of course)
Instead of white vinegar, I use apple cider vinegar! (I really think this is what enhances the flavor...I actually took this idea from Magnolia)

Here's an idea to decorate the cake, too, especially for the holidays. Use the "tooth" side of an icer tip, and make lines up the sides and over the cake to resemble ribbon on a present. Then pipe a bow with the same tip. It looks good with red icing.

Oh yeah, and here is my new cream cheese icing that is so good, smooth and easy to decorate with. I've never used his cream cheese recipe because that is just too much stuff, particularly the fats.
Even when I altered the recipe, I still had what somebody referred to as that "I'm melting" look. So, this is my new recipe, which does not melt and soften!...perfect for decorating.

1 8oz brick cream cheese
1 cup shortening (I now use Sweetex--hi ratio)
2 tsp. vanilla, you can use regular or clear
1/4 tsp. salt
2 lbs. powdered sugar

Cream the cream cheese, shortening, vanilla and salt AT LEAST 5 min. (I now do at least 10). Add all of powdered sugar. Mix on low to combine (watch out for sugar puffs), then crank your mixer to 4 or 6 for AT LEAST 5 min. (sometimes I do 10)

Enjoy! This icing is so stable, it will allow you to do more decorating with cream cheese icing. (Sorry so long icon_redface.gificon_razz.gif )
post #21 of 45
Thank you....I took a cake in to work for a farewell party and one of my co-workers is interested in purchasing a red velvet cake from me later. I have never made one before and am sending you all this Thank you as you have shown me the best recipie to make for her. I love cc!
post #22 of 45
The recipe at food networks says to use all purpose flour but on his website it says cake flour, everything else is exactly the same. Which flour would you use?
post #23 of 45
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Originally Posted by crashdummy2

Hi again.......
Oh, I'm so happy you all are trying out his recipe and those who already have, also love this cake!!

I just made another cake from cake man recipe, I altered the icing, I left out the butter, increased to 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract and WOW, it is really really good icing.......

For me, since it's December, I'm going to put differ things on each cake...
like, pecans, walnuts, almonds, some candy canes, chocolate peppermint candies or the peppermint ones. Holy moly,,, there are so many differ ways to decorate this cake!!
NO, I'm not going to put "all" that delicious goodies on top at the same time!

Too Dah Loo!!



hi..what red color did you use? i have americolor and wilton.
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post #24 of 45
Thread Starter 
Hi Again.......

Seeeee...... Cake Man Ravens cake is gosh darn really really really good!!

I have used the "Holiday Red Red Americolor", I started with drops or goops at a time until I got the Fire Engine Red color.
I have also used the McCormick? (think that's the name) Red Food Color the 1oz bottle. (You have to use the whole bottle).

I don't use the Wilton colors.. " I " don't like the texture? and the color for me,,, comes out looking yucky....

I already delivered the 4 cakes I donated, now I have orders, orders for Christmas parties - I'm happy...... And they all want the Red Velvet cake!!

Thank you Cake Man Raven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I also did a batch of Bobby Flays cake recipe, I added 2 tablespoons of instant coffee to the batch, WOW!! It turned out really really good and very tasty!!!
I splathered on a cream cheese icing with confect's sugar mixed and vanilla flavoring for this cake!!
It was a good combo.....
For the cake flavor, everyone kept asking..."I taste an extra flavor something, what's in it, it's really good"...
I'm happy with that too.......
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post #25 of 45
Thread Starter 
Oops,,,

I forgot to mention, in case the q' was for me... on the cake flour thing....

Over here we have the name: "Softa Silk" Cake Flour...

That's what I use for Cake Man Raven's recipe. I sift it too...you just don't know what little buggies or yuckies can creep in....

Have a nice holiday and keep baking!!!!
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post #26 of 45
I hated that Bobby won the throw down. I don't think his RV was a true RV. Even the lady that helps him come up with the recipe said it tasted too chocolaty. Which tells me it wasn't RV!

I have also been using Cake Man's recipe. I have even made vanilla cakes based on this recipe subbing 1/2 c melted butter for 1/2 c of the oil. It comes out great.
post #27 of 45
Hi there,

I just made Cakeman Raven's Red Velvet cake and it seems really oily/greasy. I'm sure that I didn't screw up the quantity of ingredients--it rose well and looks good. The only thing that I can think of that I did wrong is used the wrong red coloring--I used Wilton no taste red paste color. Has anyone else had this problem??

Marniela
post #28 of 45
Hi,

I made this recipe as cupcakes, and it definitely happened to me too! The tops of the cupcakes were shiny, and the liners were totally saturated. The weird thing is, I left the cupcakes (in an airtight container) overnight, and the next day, they were delicious! Totally moist and yummy. Still a tad greasy, but not nearly as bad...it was like they needed time to absorb all of it. So I'd say give the cake a little time to rest and see what happens. Although next time I make these, I'll def decrease the oil by a bit and increase the buttermilk. OH, and in my opinion, the frosting is way better cold! Hope that helps a little.
post #29 of 45
Does anyone know, if fondant can be used with this cake?
post #30 of 45
Awesome thread! I've always been afraid of making this cake, but now I'll make it for sure!!! icon_smile.gif
But, quick question for the experts...the red food coloring for this recipe is not the edible dye used to color fondant, right? if so, where do I find red food coloring?
Ok, thank you to all!
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