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Making a red velvet cake for two people

Make room for the cake! Valentine’s Day has never been one of my favorite holidays. It comes out as forced and manufactured. When you have an S.O., you find yourself in the midst of a busy restaurant full of 2-tops, unsure of your purpose. If you don’t, you’ll wind up eating too much Ben & Jerry’s, getting drunk, or lamenting your single status. 

If I claimed I didn’t enjoy Valentine’s Day treats, I’d be lying. I’m a tremendous supporter. This is a celebration when you demonstrate your love for one another by eating chocolate. And for someone who enjoys sweets as much as I do, that’s really… sweet.

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a two-tiered cake? For one, since there will be no judgment here. Following the popularity of last year’s 30-Minute Chocolate Cake For Two, I knew I had to keep the tradition going with this red velvet darling. This time, instead of chocolate, there’s red velvet dough and a delectable vanilla icing.

What’s better? This baby takes just 30 minutes to put together. What’s the secret? It’s a red velvet cup cake, to be precise. Isn’t it crazy?

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The best way to bake a mug cake is to use a cup.

If you’ve never cooked a microwave cup cake before, you may be skeptical about how amazing a microwave cake can taste. Allow me to inform you that this red velvet cup cake is INCREDIBLE. The essential methods for producing this little treat are as follows:

To make the red velvet cake batter, whisk together all of the cake batter ingredients in a small basin until well incorporated. Grease three identical-sized mugs and divide the batter equally among them. You don’t have three identical mugs? No worries; just use the same mug for all three occasions, cleaning and re-greasing it in between.

Microwave and chill the cake layers – Microwave each cup for 1 minute on high, then flip to release the cake layer. When all of the cake layers are baked, place them in the freezer until they reach room temperature.

The vanilla buttercream is a basic mixture of butter, powdered sugar, and milk that is used to frost the cake. While the cake layers are cooling, make this and then ice the cake. (If you want to go all out, make this a naked cake as I did!)

Drizzle the chocolate ganache on top – The chocolate ganache is completely optional, but it’s well worth the effort. Drizzle it over your beautiful red velvet cup cake and enjoy!

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People, you have no excuses. Put the Ben & Jerry’s down, grab your cup, and start baking.

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Ingredients

To make the cake

  • 12 cup of sugar
  • 7 tblsp flour (all-purpose)
  • a third of a cup of cocoa powder
  • a quarter teaspoon of baking powder
  • a quarter teaspoon of baking soda
  • a quarter teaspoon of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 14 cup of milk
  • 2 tblsp. oil (canola)
  • 12 teaspoon extract de vanille
  • a couple of teaspoons of water
  • 1 tablespoon food coloring (red)

To make the icing

  • 4 tablespoons room temperature butter
  • a third of a cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of milk

To make the chocolate ganache, combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

  • 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate
  • milk, 1–2 tablespoons

Instructions

  1. With a fork, combine all dry cake ingredients in a small bowl. Stir in the wet ingredients until everything is well mixed. Grease three large mugs* generously and equally spread batter (1/2 cup batter per mug).
  2. Microwave each cup for 1 minute on high by itself. Remove the cake from the cup and shake it gently to release it. Turn the cup over onto a plate or board lined with parchment paper. The cake should fall out easily. Replace the cups in the freezer for 5 minutes, or until the cakes have cooled to room temperature.
  3. Make the icing while the cakes are cooling. In a standing mixer, combine all ingredients and beat on high for 1 minute, or until light and fluffy. Before stacking the cakes, remove them from the freezer and frost the tops of each tier.
  4. In a microwave-safe dish, melt the chocolate and milk until smooth (about 15 seconds). Drizzle all over the cake!

Notes

*Don’t have three matching mugs? Use one, cleaning well between each layer of cooking!

More red velvet desserts may be found at:

Brownies with Red Velvet Cheesecake

Brookies in Red Velvet

Red Velvet Cookies with Nutella Filling

Cream Cheese Frosted Red Velvet Macarons

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