Alton Brown Adventures: Red Velvet Cake

Andrew’s favorite cake is red velvet cake. Also, Andrew hates frosting, except for cream cheese frosting. So, it comes as no surprise that when his birthday came along, I had no choice but to make him a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. The only tough part: finding a decent recipe that I could reasonably make. To Alton Brown, I turned!

I love how easy to follow Alton’s recipe was — I don’t know why, but we were both a bit daunted by the prospect of making a red velvet cake from scratch. Maybe because it’s thought of as a fancy, decadent treat, but we were a bit scared, though we didn’t need to be. To be fair, Andrew did most of the work, even though it was *his* birthday cake, but he loves cooking, so what better gift to give him than the challenge of making a new dish?

Sidenote, we finally bought a hand mixer, because I didn’t have confidence in our abilities to make a cream cheese frosting by hand. Yay for one step closer to true adulthood!

It was surprisingly easy to make, however. A bit messy and quite a lot of steps, but overall, fairly easy. And, if we do say so ourselves, it turned out to be delicious. It was a little silly making the full recipe for only the two of us, but we did okay with finishing it, considering

Beautiful cake, all baked!
It’s supposed to say, “Happy Birthday, Andrew!” but I didn’t have any colored icing on hand, and we were hungry and wanted to eat it at this point.
Mmmm! Happy birthday, Andrew!

Want the recipe? You can find it on Alton Brown’s Food Network Page, Here!


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