By Gabriella Gruber, Online Shadow Editor
// As Halloween quickly approaches, celebrate this year’s spooky season with goblins, ghosts, and Gruber’s Grubs! In the first installment of this new cooking series, Gabriella Gruber bakes a Halloween themed red velvet cake. Enjoy! The instructions are listed below.
Ingredients for the cake:
- 2 ¼ cups flour
- ¼ cup corn starch
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup unsalted butter (melted)
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp red food coloring
Ingredients for the icing:
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup cream cheese
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Steps for the cake:
Preheat the oven to 320 degrees.
Prepare baking pans by greasing them. For thicker cakes, use eight inch pans. For thinner, use nine inch. Pro Tip: Use unsalted butter for the best results when greasing your pans. It tastes better than non-stick cooking spray.
Sift the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Mix together the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
Add the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix. Make sure not to overmix this or the cake will turn out dry.
Distribute the batter between the pans.
Bake the cakes for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Let cakes cool for 10 minutes.
Remove cakes from pans and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack for about 20 minutes before adding the icing.
Steps for the icing:
Mix together the butter and the cream cheese. To make this process easier, cut the butter into small pieces before adding.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Now you can frost and decorate the cake!