Wednesday, May 18, 2011


My friend's birthday was coming up and i saw on her facebook that she likes domo! :] so i made her a red velvet domo cake! i normally don't like red velvet cake because it's not sweet enough for me, so i added 1/2 cup more sugar.. also the color was so intense because the recipe called for 2 ounces of red food coloring, but i also checked other recipes ,which asked for 2 ounces as well, so i guess it's normal!

here's what you need! 

2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 ounces red food coloring
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter, unsalted and at room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
*you can make your own cake flour, which i did, by measuring out a cup of flour, then replacing two tablespoons of flour from that cup with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. then sift it about 5 times so the corn starch is fully aired and incorporated into the flour. you will have to sift 2 1/2 cups of flour for this recipe, and replacing 5 tablespoons of flour with 5 tablespoons of cornstarch. yay for math!

 preheat oven to 350 degrees. then butter the bottom and sides of a 9x13 inch pan, and placing parchment paper on the bottom.

sift together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt

dissolve the cocoa powder and the red food coloring until there aren't cocoa powder chunks

  cream the butter and sugar until it looks cool like this

add the vanilla extract, then add the eggs one at a time (don't overmix!)

 add the cocoa powder/food coloring mixture into the butter/sugar/egg mixture!

 add the 1/3 of the flour, followed by 1/3 of the buttermilk to insure that they are well-incorporated into the batter (so important!)

combine the vinegar and baking soda in a separate bowl and add to the cake batter...
 then pour the batter into the pan and place it in the oven for about 35 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean.

 meanwhile, i made lunch! rice sauteed in leftover tomato puree with sauteed mushrooms and a fried egg!

 when the cake is done and cooled, flip it upside down on a cooling rack

 peel off the parchment paper and, after it is cooled to room temperature, place it in the fridge until you're done making the frosting. the cake won't crumble as much when you frost it if it's been cooling in the fridge.

 cream cheese frosting (so good...)

2 packages of cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar 

 cream the cream cheese and butter together until slightly smooth

 add the powdered sugar and mix well until it looks like frosting.. you can always add more powdered sugar if you want to change the consistency, but 2 1/2 cups was perfect for this cake.

 then i added the vanilla extract

 i used dark chocolate chips for the eyes :]
and i cut the bottom for the arms


 i struggled with making the cream cheese brown..i added a bunch of cocoa powder but the cream cheese frosting was still light, so i melted dark chocolate chips and mixed that in. it darkened a little..

i tried making some of the frosting red by using food coloring, but it just ended up being bright pink. then i realized the cake itself is red! so i left it as is, and just added the teeth!

poor, poor delicious domo!

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