Let them eat [Red Velvet] cake!

Look what I made!  My dear friend Suzette was married this weekend to her wonderful guy and I had the privilege of making her wedding cake.  It’s a Red Velvet cake with cream cheese frosting based on Martha Stewart’s recipe.  For a deeper flavour and colour, I modified her recipe by doubling the amount of cocoa (and reducing the amount of flour by the same amount) and doubling the amount of liquid red food colouring.  Also, I made two each of 6″, 9″ and 12″ pans and then torted each to make each tier 4 layers deep.  (Martha said to make 3 of each size pan.)  And I didn’t use the frosting called for in her recipe because it was a little too soft for my liking.  Instead, I used a basic recipe I found online that called for two 8 oz packages of cream cheese, 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, two cups of icing sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla.  The result was firm enough to pipe and didn’t droop after sitting at room temperature for two hours.  Consensus was that the end result was quite delicious.  Yippee!  Congratulations Suzette and Gord!