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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Red Velvet Cake (or Red Velvet Giant Cupcake)



I recently got a fabulous giant cupcake pan as a gift, but haven't got around to using it yet. I rarely make cakes because there are only two of us here, and cupcakes, cookies, brownies and other single-serve goodies are easier to give away. But I wanted to use my new pan so badly! Finally, I had an opportunity. Rosy of Rosy Lips and Lavender chose Red Velvet Cake as the recipe of the week for Sweet Melissa Sundays. As soon as I learned we were going to make a cake, I knew I'd make a GIANT JUMBO CUPCAKE! Plus, I need practice... I plan on making my own cupcake tower for my wedding in October, and topping it with one of these giant cupcakes (as the cake we can cut together).

Melissa's recipe for Red Velvet Cake was a rather simple one to put together. The only changes I made were to reduce the cinnamon to 1 tsp (only because I ran out!!) and to use apple cider vinegar instead of red wine. I also used food coloring gel, so I had to guesstimate how much of it equalled 2 tsp of the liquid stuff. In my jumbo cupcake pan, I lowered the oven temperature to 330, and it baked for about 70 - 75 minutes.

I used all the batter in the giant cupcake pan and it rose quite a bit... (which was totally fine with me because it meant I got to taste the scraps).



But it leveled out nicely.


I omitted the Classic Cream Cheese Filling & Frosting, and instead, used my favorite Vanilla Buttercream to frost it, and a Marshmallow Fluff Cream for the filling... mmm [see recipe below]. I took about 1.5 or 2 inch layer out of the middle to make room for a nice amount of filling.




With its hat on!

Now to frost it.. I was a little anxious about this. I googled pictures of giant cupcakes to see different ways of frosting it. Piping didn't seem like a good option, it looked a little silly to me. And frosting it smooth looked bizarro. I knew I had to use an offset spatula to make it look natural and billowy... and I also knew I'd get really frustrated with this. So... In comes Daniel! He's really very good to me when I get frustrated frosting things. He took over the frosting job and within 5 minutes it was done, and I love it! Good job Daniel!!


For scaling purposes, I put a normal sized cupcake liner next to it... Woah.


I will have to put up a picture of the cross section later after we cut into it!

Marshmallow Fluff Cream Filling adapted from Please Pass the Pie
Ingredients:
4 oz. Marshmallow Fluff (I recommend Non-Stick Spraying your measuring cup first... it'll plop out nice and easy!)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 t. of vanilla

Combine all ingredients in the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Cream together ingredients. When all are combined, turn the mixer up to medium-high and beat for about 5 minutes until nice and fluffy. Spoon onto cake and spread with a rubber spatula.

This filling was deliciously sweet and complimented the moist red velvet cake very nicely! I used this entire recipe to fill the cavity I made in the cake. It came out nice and sticky so it kept the hat on the cupcake perfectly.
Judging from the cake scraps, this cake came out very moist and had great flavor. I like the addition of cinnamon - not something I've done in a Red Velvet cake before, but I think it adds a nice touch. I can't wait to try it later all put together with the fluff filling layer and the buttercream frosting :)


Curious how it came out for the other bakers? Visit the blog roll here and see their results! And thanks to Rosy of Rosy Lips and Lavender for hosting this week (Good choice Rosy, I loved this one!) - visit her blog to see the recipe.

26 comments:

Suelle said...

Fantastic! I've seen these giant cupcake moulds, but never seen the results of using one. This looks so good.

Susan said...

I have one of those pans in my closet and never think to pull it out! Your cupcake looks great and Daniel did a fab job of icing it! :)

Melissa said...

My son is dying for me to buy one of those pans!! I had no red food coloring, so I made brown velvet. It doesn't sound very appealing, does it?! ha!

Kerstin said...

How fun!! I saw that mold at Williams Sonoma and love that it turned out so well!

Hanaâ said...

That looks great! And the frosting on top looks "naturally swirled". Great job, Daniel! I'm glad you liked it. And what a great idea to make your own wedding cupcakes and have a giant one at the top. I hope you share pictures with us :o) And congratulations!!! Wishing you a happy married life.

Nina said...

WOW, I love the giant cupcake. Great job to Daniel for making it look swirly! Congrats to the engagement and to the soon marriage! Make sure you take loads of picture cause we all want to see them!

Tracey said...

I think this is the coolest cupcake I've seen in a long time!! It looks gorgeous and it was frosted so well (kudos to Daniel!). I think you're going to do an awesome job on the cupcakes for your wedding :)

lakegirl said...

I've been wanting one of those cupcake pans. Now I really want one.

Your cake is really red. Mine was very brown.

Flourchild said...

That is one big cupcake! I love the frosting in the middle too. You did a great job..yum!

loneilteaches said...

It is beautiful! I have been considering buying that very same tin, but havent as of yet. How do you think it cooked up in that pan? Would you recommend it?

k.a.r.e.n said...

I have that pan too!!! It's fantastic. Your giant cupcake looks fabulous!

baby cribs said...

I like the idea of making a burst in the cupcake. I think I can make this today! I am so excited!

Rosy said...

Wow! That is one impressive cupcake! Love it and beautifully iced. What a great idea to use it as the top of your wedding cake. So pleased you liked the cake and it looks a gorgeous red colour! Thank you for baking along with me this week. R x

Jeannette said...

I'm so jealous of your giant cupcake pan!! Although I am like you, two person household with no need for a giant cupcake pan, I want one. And eventually I'll have one :)

Adorable!

Sherry G said...

Ahh I want one of those so badly! They're at the Walgreens down the street from me and I asked for one for my birthday hehe. That looks adorable. Who wouldn't love a monster sized red velvet cake??

Leslie said...

Wow! I am so impressed! What a fantastic cupcake (and you're making your own wedding cupcake tower, I can't even imagine).

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Candy Girl said...

The giant cupcake molds always make me laugh. Your cake is adorable!

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Jane said...

So many wonderful recipes here! Great photos too!

Ingrid said...

VERY cool! I wish we could have seen what a slice of it looked like. Next time, 'kay?!

Btw, the marshmallow sounds delish. Love anything marshmallowy!
~ingrid

The Bahens said...

That filling sounds delicious! I gave my sister a giant cupcake pan last year for her birthday. They are really fun. Yay that you finally got to use yours!

Eliana said...

I've been wanting to buy one of these pans for a while now and you've just inspired me. Your jumbo cupcake looks great :)

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L Rubie GS said...

Love all the work you did with the giant cupcake & ur bf handywork putting frosting on! :) but I went to other blog to get red velvet cake recipe-site in japanes which i easily translated but no RV Cake Recipe...Is it possible for you to email it to me...I have my bd coming up soon & new daughter-n-law making her 1st cake for me!!! I've taught her to decorate cupcakes!!! Thank you for any help you can give me! <3 ur blog...

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