Green Velvet Cake
My friend the Queen says I need an intervention and I happen to agree. I don’t know why I did it but I decided to make red velvet cake green. I think I did it to be festive but now I just feel ashamed. I mean the Queen is right, who have I insulted more, the Irish or bakers? The only saving grace is that the cake is damn adorable, super tasty, and as green as the Emerald Isle and if I was going for festive, I think I hit it right on the head.
Green Velvet Cake (adapted from Home Baked Comforts)
Makes one-6 inch cake with leftover batter
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
⅓ cup boiling water
1 cup buttermilk
2 ½ cups plus one tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons green gel food coloring
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon white vinegar
Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Butter, flour and line with parchment two 6-inch cake pans.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk to combine the flour and salt. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the cocoa powder and boiling water. Stir to combine and allow to cool. Add the buttermilk to the cocoa mixture and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar till pale and soft, about three minutes. Add the eggs one at a time beating well and scraping the bowl after each addition. With the mixer on low speed, add the food coloring and vanilla. Beat until the batter is thoroughly mixed and the color is consistent.
With the mixer on low, add one third of the flour and half the buttermilk. Mix about thirty seconds. Add another third of the flour and the remaining buttermilk. Mix another thirty seconds. Add the remaining flour and mix until just combined.
In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and the baking soda. The mixture with bubble vigorously. Quickly add the liquid into the cake batter. Mix on high for about 10 seconds.
Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake for about 40-50 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Cool and ice with the frosting of your choice. Buttercream, Milky White Frosting or Cream Cheese Frostings would all be delicious. Enjoy.