Thursday, December 29, 2011

Red Velvet Dessert Table

My brother's birthday is two days before Christmas and I feel like he always gets a little over looked this time of year.  He is the first to turn 40 out of 6 of us, so I wanted to make it a special birthday this year and host his party at the private club where I work.  He requested a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting:
 Did you know Red Velvet Cake falls at altitude?  I'm guessing it is the extra liquid from all of that red food coloring.  I always hear people complaining that they can't make Red Velvet Cake where I live.  The last two parties I have attended where the host served a Red Velvet Cake, the middle of the cake is sunken in and filled in with frosting.  True story.  I use a box mix and it works every time.  No shame.  Stacked and ready for frosting:
 I piped a circle of frosting in the center of the cake and then added a ring of red velvet crumbs.
 The crumbs were messy, but the remaining piping covered all the stray crumbs.
Here is where I second guessed my decision to construct the cake on the flexible plastic to transfer to the clean cake platter.  I didn't exactly get the cake centered on the platter, but I didn't dare pick it up again to readjust.  Family forgives these sorts of lopsided displays.
I was surprised to find Christmas colored candy corn at the market and figured I'd use it for something.  The kids immediately gravitated to the Santas.
Gingerbread House constructed here
Christmas Sugar Cookies here
  Triple Layer Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.  
I wasn't so sure of the Target looking pattern, but it turned out sort of cool...

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