So we are not big celebrators of the day. The armloads of roses being sold at every traffic light are lovely, but not really my thing. I do love to speculate about the men buying those traffic light, roses (for his wife, mistress, maybe his mom...). For me, a good bottle of wine and some homemade cards from my kids are preferable to roses (I'd like to think he cares enough to get out of the car!). And I do like to make something sweet for my darlings. This year, I made a Red Velvet Cake (as red as any street corner rose!). I'd never heard of this cake, and I kept seeing it on different food blogs; It looked so pretty I had to try it.
Now, I think when I was a kid, people put red food colouring into Devil's Food Cake. Devil's Food is very similar to Red Velvet, but chocolatier, and I don't think anyone puts colouring into it anymore--it's reddish enough from the cocoa-baking soda-vinegar reaction. I'm not really into food colouring, and the recipe called for 2 oz of the stuff!! I made it with 1 oz and I think the results were sufficiently red.
I'm not going to link the recipe because I didn't actually like it that much. It's very pretty, but too sweet and not enough chocolate for me. In the end, I kind of felt all that beautiful, cream cheese, frosting was wasted on a mediocre cake. Oh yeah, and if you thought that frosting this cake, and eating great, glopping, tablespoons of frosting, and then going for a run would give you terrible heartburn, you'd be right.