About me - I grew up helping my grandmother and mom bake and cook. I started to take the baking seriously in 2009. I have 5 boys and they loved all the cake but now I think I've burnt them out. I'm married to my best friend, husband and my cake delivery driver. He supports me in this crazy adventure. In 2010 I entered my first cake contest at Icing On the Cake in Shreveport,LA and I came in 3rd in the wedding cake division; and won the people's choice award. The following year I came in 1st and 2nd place. My family and friends support me, and if it wasn't for them I would have given up on those bad days. We have a custom cake business (CFL) with a focus on weddings. I'm also a volunteer baker and hold 2 admin rolls with Icing Smiles. www.pixiedustcakedesigns.com
My favorite recipe is Red Velvet Cake from Divas Can Cook.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
2 Tablespoons unsweetened, cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil or canola
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1-2 oz. red food coloring, depends how deep you want the color
1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar
½ cup of prepared plain hot coffee (don't skip this ingredient)
Preheat oven to 325. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the sugar and vegetable oil. Mix in the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and red food coloring until combined. Stir in the coffee and white vinegar.
Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients a little at time, mixing after each addition, just until combined.
Generously grease and flour two round, 9 inch cake pans with shortening and flour. Pour the batter evenly into each pan.
Bake in the middle rack for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Do not over bake as cake will continue to cook as it cools. Let pans cool on a cooling rack until the pans are warm to the touch. Slide a knife or offset spatula around the inside of the pans to loosen the cake from the pan. Remove the cakes from the pan and let them cool.
Frost the cake with cream cheese frosting when the cakes have cooled completely.
To bake cupcakes, bake for 18-20 minutes, checking at the 18 minute mark.