Foodporn Friday: Geek Cake
Last week was a colleague’s 40th birthday and because he is a bit of a geek (aren’t we all?) we decided to make him a geeky birthday cake. I started with a red velvet cake made with oil instead of butter so that it keeps longer, topped with cream cheese frosting. And also chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache. The fun bit was writing “happy birthday” across the top in binary code and making transformers, pac men and lego pieces from fondant to top the cake and cupcakes. I was thrilled with how they turned out!
Red Velvet Cake
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1-2 oz. liquid red food coloring OR two heaped teaspoons gel colouring
- 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
- ½ cup of strong coffee
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the sugar and vegetable oil.
- Mix in the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and red food coloring until combined.
- Stir in the coffee and white vinegar.
- Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients a little at time, mixing after each addition, just until combined.
- Generously grease and flour two round cake pans.
- Pour the batter evenly into each pan.
- Bake in the middle rack for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not over bake as cake will continue to cook as it cools.
- Let cool on a cooling rack until the pan are warm to the touch.
- Slide a knife or offset spatula around the inside of the pans to loosen the cake from the pan.
- Remove the cakes from the pan and let them cool.
- Frost the cake with cream cheese frosting when the cakes have cooled completely.