Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe with step by step pictures. Learn how to make Red Velvet Cake using beetroot puree with cream cheese frosting and fondant decorations. I made this cake for my husband birthday. I always like to try different things when making cake each time. This time tried to use beetroot puree to achieve the red color. Though I am not able to achieve exact colour I was happy that there is no artificial colouring in the cake. Then made cream cheese frosting using homemade cream cheese and also used fondant to decorate half of the cake.
I planned and made fondant three days before itself and stored in fridge. Made the cream cheese and frosting day before making cake. So on the day of making cake I had all the things ready for decorating. So it makes the work easy. Added addition is I used wheat flour to make this cake. I adapted the recipe from my whole wheat muffins. Cake was so soft and fluffy and everyone enjoyed it. Do try and let me know your feedback. You can also try the below cake recipes
How to make Red Velvet Cake with step by step pictures
Making Beetroot puree
Cook the beetroot with skin for three whistles in a cooker.
Peal the skin and puree the beetroot finely in a mixer. No need to add water.
I got little less than 1 cup of puree from beetroot I used.
Making the cake
Sieve the dry ingredients flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt together for 5-6 times and keep it aside. Grease the pan with butter and dust with flour and keep it ready.
Take a bowl, add milk, oil, sugar, vineger, vanilla essence and mix till sugar is dissolved and keep it aside for 5 minutes
Now add the dry ingredients and mix with spatula till everything is combined.
Now add the beetroot puree and mix. Use beetroot puree as required to get bright red colour.
Taste the batter and make sure there is no beetroot taste. You can adjust cocoa powder if beetroot taste is there. If the batter is too thick add few tbsp of milk. I added 2 tbsp of milk to adjust consistency.
Mix and transfer the batter to greased tin. Tap the tin few times. Meanwhile preheat the oven at 160°C for ten minutes.
Bake in the same temperature for 35-40 minutes till the toothpick inserted came out clean.
Cool the cake completely in wire rack.
Decorating the cake
After the cake cools down trim the sides and doom of the cake and we will use it for decorating.Then cut the cake into half using knife. You can bake the cake in two different cake tins to make it easy too. Take cake tin and apply little frosting on bottom.
Place the one half of the cake on it. I put tissues on all sides of the cake so that excess cream won't spoil cake board. We can remove them in the end.
Apply the cream cheese frosting on top of it.
Place the other half of the cake on top of it.
Apply the frosting on top of it and on the sides of the cake. I did the crumb coating on one side since I used fondant to cover it.
Remove the tissue kept on sides of the cake. Roll the fondant in medium thickness and cover the part of the cake and smooth it with smoother.
Add red color to part of fondant and knead it well. Roll them and make heart shapes from it and cover the sides of the fondant.
Use the leftover trimmed cake and scramble them with your hands and decorate the half of the cake. You can use grater too for this. Now the yummy Red Velvet Cake is ready.