A Homemade Week: Day 2.5

Day 1, Day 2

As mentioned Day 2’s dinner was a smidge rushed because we had something to celebrate.  Our 1 month wedding anniversary.


I made a red velvet cake with icing from scratch because MB missed his red velvet cupcake at the reception.  We were too busy having the time of our lives to eat a cupcake {and THAT my friends is how you know you had a good time — you miss the confections}.

I found this recipe on EADL and after Little C had to REMIND me it was our mini anniversary I decided it would be a perfect time to try it out….riiiight


1 package fudge marble cake recipe [18-1/4 oz]
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk [instead of buying buttermilk, add either 1 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to the milk and stir] let set for about a minute [I do this before I start putting the cake batter together]
1 bottle [1 oz] red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven: 350.  Combine cake mix [there are two packages in the box] and baking soda and stir.



Add eggs, buttermilk, food coloring and vanilla. Blend on low until moistened. Beat on high for 2 minutes, scraping sides occasionally.  Pour into the cake pans




I used the pilfered bunt pan as I accidentally threw away all my cake pans and didn’t get any new ones yet!!  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until the tester comes out clean.  Meanwhile start mixing up that darned frosting.

5 Tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 cup butter or margarine [softened/ room temp] [I zap in microwave about 10 seconds if I forget to set out the butter from refrig]
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

In a small bowl, put 2 T. of flour, ADD enough of the milk to make a thick paste, stirring all the time. Add more flour and then more milk, continuing to stir and add till all of milk/flour are in the mixture. [Reason: the flour has a tendency to lump if put it and milk together all at one time]

Put in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, STIRRING CONSTANTLY. It will thicken quickly and resemble a custard [ if slightly lumpy–not to worry:)]



Remove from heat. Stir. Cover. Refrigerate [ I put mine in freezer and stir every two or three minute till LUKEWARM to COOL.]

While that mixture is cooling, in a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add chilled milk mixture and BEAT[ on high] 10 minutes, till fluffly.  Add vanilla, stir


This is where I went really wrong.  My icing never got fluffy.  I put it in the fridge after beating it for 10 minutes and still had to pour it over my bunt cake.  I think the next time I make it, I’ll make the cake in advance of serving and BUY the frosting.  But hubsy liked it regardless.  And his blackberry.


Do you like red velvet cake?  Would you try to make it from scratch?


2 thoughts on “A Homemade Week: Day 2.5

  1. Pingback: A Homemade Week: Day 4 « I Now Pronounce You Wife and Blog

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