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Red Velvet Cake With Velvet Frosting

My whole family goes crazy for red velvet cake. It’s so gorgeous and festive and sounds so luxe. This old-fashioned Southern favorite can be made even healthier by using Seelect Natural Food Coloring, which I order online (see Resources, page 177). That way, you can let them eat cake without the slightest tinge of guilt.
Ingredients
  Gluten free flour mix 2 3⁄4 Cup (44 tbs) (Use A Basic Variety)
  Unsweetened cocoa powder 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Xanthan gum 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Double-acting baking powder 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Baking soda 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Rice milk 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Cider vinegar 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Dairy free soy free vegetable shortening 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Granulated sugar 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Egg replacer 4 1⁄2 Teaspoon, mixed with 6 tablespoons rice milk (Ener-G Brand)
  Rice milk 6 Tablespoon (For Mixing Egg Replacer)
  Pure vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
  Red food coloring 1 Ounce (1 Bottle)
For velvet frosting
  Dairy free soy free vegetable shortening 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Confectioners sugar 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Rice milk 3 Tablespoon
  Freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans, line with cutout parchment paper, grease again, and dust with a little cocoa powder.

2. Whisk together the flour mix, cocoa powder, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. Combine the rice milk and cider vinegar. Set aside.

4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the shortening, sugar, egg replacer, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the food coloring and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Sift in the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the rice milk mixture, and beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat until smooth, about 30 seconds, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

5. Divide the batter between the two pans, and smooth down the surface using a frosting spatula.

6. Bake in the center of the oven for about 35 minutes, or until the cake is beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Rotate the pans halfway through the baking time.

7. Let cool in the pans on a cooling rack for 30 minutes. Cover the cake pan with a large plate, flip, peel off the parchment paper, and flip the cake back onto the rack, right side up, to cool completely. Repeat with the other cake.

8. Once the cakes have cooled completely, you may use a serrated knife to trim the tops to make them level. Frost with Velvet Frosting. Once the frosting has set, store covered at room temperature. This cake is even better on days two and three!

Velvet Frosting
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the shortening and salt on medium speed for 1 minute.

2. Add the confectioners’ sugar in three batches, beating after each addition.

3. Add the rice milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until smooth, creamy, and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

This recipe has been adapted from The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook. To learn more about CYBELE PASCAL visit www.cybelepascal.com. To purchase the book visit www.amazon.com

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American

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