I am definitely on the right track. I used Wilton’s gel food coloring. Rose this time, as opposed to the pink I used before. Who knew rose was more of the color I wanted. I decided to go with a completely different recipe than before because I really didn’t like the one before, and once again, I am on the right track. I may have overcooked it and that is why it was dry, but I think it was a tad on the dry side. A little more oil maybe would help. I stuck to the recipe for the most part. I added a little more chocolate to the batter because all the other recipes called for much more than this one. My co-worker gave me this recipe and said that it can’t be messed up. Well I guess she is right, but who knows.
½ cup Crisco
1 ½ cup sugar
5 tbsp red food coloring (I used a big glop of PINK gel)
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cocoa (I used 1 ½ tbsp)
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vinegar
Cream together Crisco and sugar
Add the eggs, vanilla and food coloring and mix well.
Sift flour, salt and cocoa together.
Add alternately with buttermilk
Mix vinegar and baking soda together in cup and fold into the batter DO NOT BEAT
Put in greased and floured pans
Bake at 350 for 35/45 mins. (I am pretty sure it was like 40 mins.)
Cool on racks
The bottoms kind of fell apart... but you can see the pink in them
The icing recipe she gave me was easy and when I made it, it looked great. Light and fluffy, but I made it on Saturday and didn’t ice the cake till Sunday. I don’t know if it was because I kept it in the fridge or what, but it got very wet, and was very hard to put on the cake Sunday morning. But it still tasted good, just didn’t look as pretty.
The icing[Printable Recipe]
¼ cup butter
½ cup Crisco
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp flour
2/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Cream together butter and Crisco
Then add sugar, flour (one at a time) milk and vanilla.
Beat for 10 minutes.
Overall, I think this recipe could work, I will be trying it again. Maybe the extra cocoa made it a little dry. Who knows. I decorated it for Mema's birthday and we all pigged out :-D Though with the icing being so thin and wet, I didn't attempt much decorating because I didn't think it would hold.
I <3 mema!