Red Velvet Cheesecake

Red velvet anything is a favorite around these parts. I’ve been “meaning to” make this cake for almost over a year. First a birthday, then another birthday and now, “well….Valentine’s Day is coming up…”

Finally!

I recreated a Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake as a cheesecake before. This recipe uses the same cheesecake method. Remember, your cheesecake needs to cool and set for at least 4 hours so plan ahead!

Because this cake is going to have a whole cheesecake in the center, I opted for a plain vanilla buttercream to coat. Some crumbled cake helps to keep decorating simple and error-proof.

Make this for your sweetie and report back!

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Ingredients:

Red Velvet Sponge

2 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2-3 tbsp cocoa powder

2 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs, room temperature

1 cup of buttermilk, room temperature

2 tsp vanilla extract

1-2 tbsp red food coloring (more or less to suit your preference)

1 tsp white vinegar

Pro tip: Boost your cocoa flavor by adding ½ cup of very strong coffee or instant espresso!! Remember when I used this technique in brownies?

Cheesecake (make this beforehand and allow to cool!)

Vanilla Buttercream:

2 sticks softened butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

Roughly 5 cups of powdered sugar

 

 

  1. Your cheesecake should have been made beforehand and should already be cooling in the fridge for at least four hours!!!!rv13rv14
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, combine your dry ingredientsrv
  4. In a medium bowl, first combine your sugar and oil then add in the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and food coloring
  5. Add in your vinegarrv2rv3
  6. Add in your coffee or espresso if you’re going to use it
  7. With your mixer on low, slowly incorporate the wet into the dry bit by bit
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  8. Grease and flour two 9” cake pan and divide in 3-4 cupcake tins, plus two pans
    • This can also be used just for cupcakes, freeze any excess batter in a ziplock bag for next time!
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes in the center of the oven, start checking for doneness around 30 minutes
    • (your cupcakes will be done quicker, check for doneness around 16 minutes)
  10. When the cake passes the toothpick test remove from the oven and cool on a rack then cool upside down to help flatten out the topsrv5
  11. While cooling, whip up some buttercream

Vanilla Buttercream:

  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, whip the butter on medium until the butter looks white and fluffy
  • Add vanilla
  • On low speed, slowly and carefully add the powdered sugar about a cup at a time
  • Slowly increase the speed and whip until well incorporated
  • Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all of your sugar is used
  • Leftover buttercream can be stored in the freezer in a ziplock bag.

 

  1. Once completely cooled stack sponge-cheesecake-sponge
  2. Spread your buttercream
  3. Crumble up your cupcakes and sprinkle on/around your cake!rv7rv6rv8rv9rv10

 

 

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

 

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Chunky Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

For the last several days I have been randomly tweeting about wanting to bake something. Last night I had a dream that I made the most decadent, three-layer cake. Clearly, baking needed to happen on this chilly Sunday. So, I recruited my sidekick, Mason.

I stood and looked in our pantry and racked my brain. I considered oatmeal cookies but I do oatmeal cookies so often, I couldn’t bare it today. We have a massive jar of chunky peanut butter and my mind started working.

Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven. These cookies are crisp to bite but chewy on the inside. The sweetness of the sugars combined with the salty crunch of the peanuts, man! These are so delicious; you have to try them.

These are low-carb and because we used coconut oil instead of butter, we added some healthy fats too. You can cut the sugar for a more modestly sweet cookie or amp up the recipe with additional nuts or dark chocolate morsels. This recipe is very simple and it can definitely serve as a building block for a more complex cookie.


Ingredients

1 heaping of cup chunky peanut butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

¼ heaping cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup baking cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda


Directions

Preheat oven to 350

In one large bowl: mix flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa.

In the bowl of a mixture: mix sugar, peanut butter and oil.

When combined, add eggs one at a time.

Slowly incorporate the cocoa-flour mixture into the peanut butter mixture.

This dough will be sticky and very thick.

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Using a small ice cream scoop or a tbsp measuring spoon, scoop out some dough and shape them into balls.

Using a fork or the palm of your hand, slightly flatten the dough mounds.

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Note: This recipe will yield roughly 2 dozen cookies. If you have more than you need, bake what you want and freeze the rest!

Leave about 1 ½ to 2” of space between your cookies.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. The cookies will be cracked and highly fragrant. The tops should be set.

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Allow them to cool on the pan for at least one minute before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.

Optional: Lightly dust with confectioner’s sugar

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Red Velvet Waffles

We received our first recipe donation! We created a poll on Twitter and you all wanted a breakfast/brunch recipe. Mason loves The Red Waffles and we make these pretty often. It’s definitely a decadent go-to!

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Yields 6

 

Waffles:

2 eggs

2 cups of all purpose flour

1 ¾ cups of buttermilk

½ cup of vegetable oil

¼ cup of sugar

4 tsp baking powder

½ tsp of salt

2 tsp of vanilla extract

½ tsp distilled white vinegar

2 tbsp red food coloring

1 tbsp cocoa powder

 

Glaze:

1-2 cups of confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp of vanilla extract

¼ – ½ cup of milk

(3-6 oz of cream cheese, optional)

 

For the glaze:

  1. Whisk together ingredients until smooth

 

For the waffles:

Preheat the waffle iron

 

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and cocoa powder together.waffle
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk, oil, eggs, vanilla and vinegar together.
  3. Carefully stir in the red food coloring. Slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients, mix until smooth.

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  1. Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray.

 

  1. Using a ladle, carefully pour the mixture onto the iron, do not over fill.

 

  1. Close the iron and cook until the waffle is a deep red and crisp on the outside.

 

  1. Serve each waffle with the glaze.

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NOM!

 

 

 

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