Friday, August 1, 2008

Not Red Velvet Cake

Red... er... purple velvet cake: Bee's request for her birthday this year!

Wednesday was Bee's birthday. Last year for her birthday, we had friends in town from Europe, so we had a big bash that involved yummy lasagna and red velvet cake. After that soirée, Bee challenged me to make a red velvet cake sans the red. She wanted a purple cake. So, last night, I made a Purple Velvet Cake. Same recipe as red, but with purple food coloring instead.

The emphasis here is on purple, if you hadn't guessed!

The cake part is nearly black, that's how dark the purple is. I think in the future, rather than using Wilton's Violet, I'll just mix red and blue McCormick's and go for a lilac color in the cake. The deep purple frosting is definitely fun, though, because it colors your tongue purple.

Anyway--it was fun to make and will certainly be fun to eat over the next week or so.

Happy Birthday, Bee!

And happy (photo) Friday, everyone!

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential


Anonymous said...

Purple Velvet Cake!! It sounds like a b-day for Prince. Or Liberace. ;-)


- Di

Wicked H said...

Very Festive!!!

Wishing Bee happiness on her birthday and ALL days!!!

Cele said...

Oh my gosh, I love it.

Happy Birthday B!

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Di: LOL! All this cake lacks are some sequins, a boa, and champagne!

Wicked: Festive is one word for it. Wack-a-doo is another!

Cele: Bee loves it, too!

I'll be sure to pass everyone's good wishes along to her.

Anonymous said...

Yum, I wish I could have a slice. The color is great.

I'm hungry :(
- Phoebe

Adriana Velez said...

I love it! Happy purple birthday to Bee.

D.C. Confidential said...

Phoebe: Come on over. There's still plenty of cake! Also, I just finished making spaghetti.

Adriana: It's one crazy cake! I'll tell Bee you send purple greetings!

Liz said...

My god, that is the purplest cake I've ever seen!

j.m. tewkesbury said...

Liz: It's is purple beyond all reasonable limits of purpleness! Like I said, next time, I'm going for subtle lilac.

janeannechovy said...

Happy Birthday, Bee!

Did you get any pictures of the inside?

lacochran said...

Purpleicious! Yowza! Looks yummy!

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

JA: Did the link to the other blog work?

For anyone who wants to see an "interior" shot of the cake, go here:

Lacochran: Purpleicious pretty much sums it up! Although Supercalifragilisticaskbepurpleicious might be more accurate!