One of my closest friends celebrated a "milestone" birthday last night (December 16)... *whispering "It was his 50th."... and a friend or 50 decided to celebrate our friend Dwayne's milestone with a little gathering of his framily and friends at the new hotspot in downtown OKC, Nic's Diner and Lounge.
Now there are many things, many many many things, that make my friend Dwayne uniquely...Dwayne. Two of them are his unyielding, undying, love for his beverage of choice... Diet Coke. The other is the one cake you know he will order if it's on the menu, Red Velvet Cake. This also included Red Velvet Cupcake and the seasonal Red Velvet Pancakes from a well known 24 hour breakfast chain. Anyway...
So in his honor, and because I was too busy to go shopping because it is the holidays, I decided to come up with a very unique Red Velvet Cake recipe especially for Dwayne. Immortalized on this little website and hopefully added to the cookbook I have been talking to Dwayne about for the last two years (possibly three). The cake turned out really good and got a lot of compliments, so I hope you enjoy the special treat. And on a personal note: "Dutch", I hope you know how much you are loved (even at your age) and that we were all glad to be a part of your special day. Happy Birthday! -Scotty
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
2 large eggs room temp
2 cups granulated sugar
3 cups Cake Flour (yes, Cake Flour)
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) red food coloring
1 cup whole buttermilk
1 7.8 oz can or 1 fluid cup Diet Coke
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of three 9” round pans, and dust lightly with cocoa powder. Set aside.
- Begin creaming the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs one at a time and mix in completely. Scrape down your bowl, add the vanilla, and mix until smooth.
- In a smaller bowl combine the 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder along with the red food coloring and mix to a paste. Mix the paste into the butter mixture and mix in well.
- Sift together the cake flour, and salt. In batches add small amounts of the dry mixture to the red batter along with small amounts of the buttermilk. Alternate and mix until all is in and blended. Add the baking soda to the diet coke (remember elementary school science class and volcano?) pour in to the batter and gently mix until smooth and combined. Scrape down your bowl, bottom to top, and mix gently a few more times.
- Pour the batter equally (I use a “once Cup” measuring cup) into each of the three pans. Spin the pans to even and level off. Bake in the oven 30-35 minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean .
- Remove the cakes when finished and let them cool a bit. Flip out onto cake rack to cool completely. Now let's get ready to ice!
Cream Cheese Frosting
• 2 sticks (1 cup, 8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 2 - 8 oz packages cream cheese, at room temperature
• 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
• 2 tablespoons milk, more as needed
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Beat the butter and cream cheese together until nice and smooth. Add the sugar in gradually, adding more after the first round was mixed on well. Mix in all the sugar and add milk if the frosting is too thick to spread evenly. Ice both layers top, middle and sides.
*I also added a chocolate mirror glaze to Dwayne’s cake on the night of his party, for an extra dramatic effect… and to hide some “mistakes” haha. It worked out great and added nicely to the flavor.
4 oz. Semi-Sweet chocolate
6 tablespoons hot whipping cream
2 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup.
Mix all together until smooth… pour over the top of the cake and let it smooth out to a nice mirror finish, or let it run down the sides for a more dramatic effect.