We were asked to create a red velvet cake for an engagement party that came with several criteria. We needed to include things that summed up the couple (an electrician and a hairdresser, they like parties and DJing).
The requirements had us scratching our heads for a while, luckily Chloe came up with an awesome idea (with a little help from a friend – thanks Jen)!
During this bake, we learnt 11 things:
- We don’t like red velvet cake.
- In order to get the signature red colour you need a specific red colouring (cochineal).
- Leaving buttermilk in the boot of a car on a lovely day will result in you having to make a second batch.
- You need to actually add the raising agent for a cake to rise.
- Fondant can make you cry.
- A cake not being red enough can also make you cry.
- The metal kenwood bowl weighs 770g.
- I (Sophie) have reached baking perfection – judging 50g of butter on the scales perfectly!
- Blue food colouring doesn’t come off your hands.
- An ampersand starts on the right, not the left.
- A Chlophie cake is never a simple task.
Regardless of what we’ve learnt through the process of this cake, the reaction of the client always makes it worth it! (And having a partner in crime will help keep both of you sane!)