I love "The Food Network Magazine". I have been purchasing it since 2009. I love the pictures, I love the layout. I pour through each new issue, sometimes at night I lay in bed and look at past issues. This brings my to the disaster. I have always been curious about "Red Velvet Cake". There is a lot of hype about it. It's huge in Pennsylvania, a state we love to vacation, and yet for some strange reason I have never tried it. This issue's Food Magazine had several red velvet recipes. This is the universe telling me to try it, I thought in my dreamy, stupid, self deluded way.
Sunday was the day to try it I decided. I would use my new Kitchen Aid mixer, my family would worship me, life would be good. In my great wisdom I decided to make the cake one hour before I took my oldest daughter Grace to Curling. Mistake number one. The recipe called for enough ingredients for a double layer cake, I would just pare the recipe down, mistake number two. I did not have "cake flour" but I read somewhere that cake flour just has baking powder added to it, no biggie, I would just add baking powder, also the recipe called for "Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder", mistake number three and four. The recipe was a bit strange in that the ingredients list was not in order, but all higgly piggly. It called for the cooking time to be 30- 40 minutes. I had to leave before the cake was done cooking so in my infinate wisdom I thought it was a good idea to just turn the oven off and leave the oven door open so that it would still have heat, but not overcook. MISTAKE NUMBER FIVE. I came home to a cake that looked like something you might see on the surface of the moon.
I am not the type to give up easily (not one of my more attractive qualities). I decided that I should just make it again, mistake number six. The second cake, not as moon craterish, but not great. So the cake did not make anyone vomit, but I don't think that I would say that I could not live without Velvet Cake, well at least not the one I made! Maybe I should just buy a mix next time I'm in the States, or try some that has been made by someone who has the right ingredients and knows what they are doing.