Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

As I mentioned briefly in my last post, Ryan celebrated his birthday at the weekend and we went out for a meal to celebrate.

The meal was at Beefeater which has just opened up in our home town, with a big steak and grill menu. I had duck patรจ, hunter’s chicken and a mississipii mud pie, Ryan had a beef and pork kofta, beef burger and a cookie dough sundae, dad had a king prawn cocktail (his favourite starter), a gammon steak and a sundae and mum had mushrooms, a baked seabass and her favourite, banoffee pie for dessert. 

My starter was perfect, I really enjoyed it and would definitely try it again in the future. This was my first time trying a patรฉ other than chicken liver. My main was a little over cooked, unfortunately but the triple cooked chips it was served with were very crispy. Just how I like them. ๐Ÿ™‚ My dessert was really good, very sweet and it did get a bit sickly. I couldn’t eat it all.

Between starters and desserts Ryan opened his present from my parents – a bottle of one of his favourite rums.

After the meal I presented Ryan with his birthday cake, we didn’t eat it at the restaurant as we were all too full! But Ryan and I had some the day after, with a little sing song of ‘Happy Birthday’ while he blew out the candles and I gave my parents some to try yesterday. 

The cake itself was red velvet with cream cheese frosting and designed to look like the logo from DC’s The Flash which is Ryan’s favourite comic book superhero. This was my first time trying out both a red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting and both came out great. The cake was / is (there’s a little left over) very more-ish.

Ryan loved the DC Justice League candles on the cake. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

The recipe I used was <a href=”http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/21332/easy-red-velvet-cake.aspx”>easy red velvet cake</a> from <a href=”http://allrecipes.co.uk”>All Recipes.co.uk</a>.

I modified the receipe for a smaller cake (using two cake tins instead of three) and changed the frosting slightly to use lemon rather than vanilla. I liked the citrus flavour it gave the frosting. 

For the cream cheese frosting

225g cream cheese

110g butter, softened

450g icing sugar

1 or 2 teaspoons lemon extract

Method 

225g cream cheese

110g butter, softened

450g icing sugar

1 or 2 teaspoons lemon extract

To decorate 

Yellow rolling icing 

Chocolate or black coloured icing pen 

Method 

Roll out the yellow icing and cut out a lightening bolt shape. 

Place the lightening bolt on the frosted circle.

Outline the circle and lightening bolt with your icing pen.

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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