Cakes, Events

Red Velvet Cake with Bakpro

Read Velvet cake done

I went to the Bakpro baking weekend event and it was pretty awesome. I learned how to make a red velvet cake, so red velvet cake is my new favourite cake and it could be my favourite of all time only if it didn’t involve red food colouring which stains everything.

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups cake flour
  2. ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  3. ¾ cup butter
  4. 1¼ cups castor sugar
  5. 3 large eggs
  6. 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1⅓ cups buttermilk
  8. 3 teaspoon red food colouring
  9. 2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  10. 1½ teaspoon white vinegar
  11. 1½ teaspoon baking soda

Red Velvet cake pandu

red velvet cake slice

Frosting

  1. 1 cup cream cheese
  2. ⅔ cup icing sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1 cup fresh cream
  5. Desiccated coconut
  6. red food colouring

Red velvet cake layers

Read Velvet cake pan

Red velvet cake cut

Directions

  1. Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time and mix well.
  2. Add vanilla extract.
  3. Mix the cocoa powder and red food colouring to form a paste and add to the batter and mix well.
  4. Sieve the flour and baking powder and add to the batter mixture alternating with buttermilk and mix until smooth.
  5. Mix the vinegar and baking soda and let a few bubbles out and add to the batter and mix well.
  6. Divide the batter into two equal greased cake pans and bake for 25-30 minutes or when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Let cool for a few minutes before removing from pan to cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. For the frosting, whisk the cream cheese and icing sugar and vanilla and use as a filling between the layers.
  9. Whisk the cream and use to frost the rest of the cake.
  10. Decorate with desiccated coconut mixed with red food colouring.
  11. Enjoy.

Red velvet cake pandu rosa

Red velvet cake baking pandu rosa tsuku

So much baking fun, with Tsuku and Rosa

 

 

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Events

Namibia Food and Wine Festival 2014

Last weekend was the Namibia Food and Wine Festival and of course anything to do with food I’m there, and with wine even better.

FoodWineFestival chef Siba

There were a couple of Chefs doing food shows and demonstrations and among them was the beautiful and talented South African celebrity Chef Siba from Siba’s table and I got a chance to meet her and take a photo with her. Her session was so nice and just like on her show she makes everything look so simple and easy to make. Among the local Namibian Chefs were: Chef Tuti Garoeb from restaurant Am Weinberg, Chef David Thomas from restaurant Lyon de Sable in Walvisbay, Chef Elias Able runner up at Namibia chef of the year 2013 and last but not least Chef Sheree Mettler from Nampower Convention Center.

Chef Tuti

FoodWineFestival chef Tuti

Among other food demonstrations, I also got to see a fresh past making demonstration and then the favourite for most people was the KAPANA session.

FoodWineFestival kapana

FoodWineFestival pasta making

FoodWineFestival pasta

Then, I got a chance to assist a Chef with his food demonstration, this was very exciting for me because it was a dessert recipe. The Chef made chocolate blue cheese cupcakes served with macaroons and pears cooked in red wine and it was simply divine. I will try to replicate the chocolate blue cheese cupcake recipe and share it. I need more practice though with macaroons as I never had any luck with it.

FoodWineFestival pandu

Chef David Thomas showing me how it’s done.

FoodWineFestival chef David Thomas

 

FoodWineFestival chocolate blue cheese cupcake

FoodWineFestival macaroons

There were a couple of displayed food items ranging form cheese, pasta, tea and olive oil.

FoodWineFestival cheese

FoodWineFestival pasta oils

More Food

FoodWineFestival Siba dish

FoodWineFestival noodles

FoodWineFestival Smoothies

Food demonstration and testing.

FoodWineFestival people

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