Maybe today’s recipe looks a little bit more cute and sweet than the previous one, but do not be fooled.
You can say a lot of things about Red Velvet cake but definitely it’s not just cute . This cake is refined, elegant consistency (it’s really a good description, I swear ^^). It is heavy, but delicate and melts in your mouth as the name suggests – like velvet.
The only problem I encountered trying to repeat Bakarella’s recipe (because the original post comes from this blog) was when trying to buy a proper red food coloring. Unfortunately, none of the products available in Polish stores did provide the desired effect. As a result, I had to buy Wilton’s gel food coloring (great company – highly recommended!) from online store. Only after, I could finally breathe a sigh of relief when cutting the cake.
But enough of the technical details – Red Velvet Valentine’s Bites are shaped especially for the occasion, but if you don’t have time or patience to shape the damn cake into hearts (I’m not going to lie, it’s going to be a painful test for your endurance) you can just leave them in a shape of balls, similar to those from Christmas pop cakes recipe. Or… Figure out something else entirely. Only your imagination limits you now
Red Velvet Bites
2.5 cup flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1.5 cups oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
60ml red food coloring (or use as much it takes to get the desired shade of red)
300g white chocolate
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. In two bowls mix separately all the dry ingredients and all wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix until smooth.
Pour into medium spring form (previously greased and floured). Drop the spring form on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles. Bake for about 30/40 minutes.
When the cake cool down, prepare icing from a glass of powdered sugar and a little bit of hot water (pour it lightly just enough to obtain the consistency of a double cream). Add food coloring (just to receive a similar shade of red as the cake). You can also use readymade icing or melt white chocolate chips.
Brake the cake into crumbles and mix it with the icing.
Using wet hands shape tablespoons of the mixture first into balls and then into heart-like bites. Place them on a baking paper-lined tray and freeze for an hour or refrigerate for 3 hours (ideally overnight).
Melt white chocolate (you can do it over a pan with hot water, or in microwave) in three separate bowls. Add food coloring to two of them to get the desired shades.
Dip the cake bites in melted chocolate and put them aside to set on a wire rack. Add more chocolate or re-melt if necessary. Repeat the process with all of the cake bites and put it into fridge to set.
That’s it folks. Enjoy!