Hi!  My name is Amanda and I am addicted to cake stands.  I have pinterest boards about them and an entire closet in my house  full of them and yes, I have even dreamt of them.

Black Velvet Cake
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Black Velvet Cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
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.


  • 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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Michael Aram inspired cake

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?

Black Velvet Cake inspired by Michael Aram

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.

Cake inspired by Michael Aram designs


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!

Black Velvet Cake on a Michael Aram side plate

Just look at those matching side plates!  Its a food photographers dream.

Black Velvet Cake inspired by Michael Aram

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

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