Black Velvet Cake
- 2 1/2 c cake flour not self-rising
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 c dark cocoa powder the darker the powder the less food coloring needed
- 1 1/2 c sugar
- 1 1/2 c canola oil
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 1 tbsp. black food coloring
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 c buttermilk
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. white vinegar
- In a medium bowl, whisk cake flour, salt, and cocoa; set aside.
- Combine the sugar and oil on medium speed until well combined. With mixer on low, add in room temperature eggs one at a time.
- Add food coloring and vanilla, and beat until well combined. Add flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk, and mix until fully combined.
- In a small bowl, mix baking soda and vinegar until combined. Add to batter, and beat for a few seconds.
- Pour batter into two prepared 8-inch pans. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow cakes to cool to room temperature.
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Usually when I see a stand that I adore I try to imagine a cake that would compliment it. And usually I want the cake to be the focal point… not the stand.
Not this cake. How could I possible compete with that majestic stand?
So I piped out flowers in the richest chocolate buttercream I could fathom (posting a recipe soon!) and hoped they would hold a candle up to the intricate and flawlessly designed flowers on the cake stand.
The dark chocolate flowers are attempting to mimic the white orchid design on the cake platter- which is a signature collection of Michael Aram.
I cannot hold a candle to the stand, and thats ok! I dont mind taking a back seat to something so truly pretty.
The beauty of bring a cake baker is that I get to eat the evidence. The cake is a rich black velvet cake to contrast the bright white vanilla buttercream frosting. I loved the flavor as much as the bold design choice!
This black velvet cake is a simple adaptation of Martha Stewarts Red Velvet Cake. Soooooooo good!
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