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The popularity of red velvet cake has skyrocketed in recent years, but this crimson confection has actually been satisfying sweets lovers for decades. With a vibrant scarlet color and subtle chocolatey-vanilla flavor, red velvet cake has been a Southern soul food staple for more than a century, was the signature dessert at NY’s Waldorf-Astoria in the 1920’s, and even made its big screen debut in one of my favorite flicks, Steel Magnolias (the groom’s cake in the film was an armadillo-shaped red velvet).
Now one of the hottest cake flavors around, red velvet desserts are flying out of bakeries from coast to coast (it’s the most popular flavor at NYC’s Magnolia) and has recently gone international—Parisian bakery, Cupcakes & Co., began offering a red velvet cupcake on their menu. Ooh la la!
For a friend’s recent holiday party, I baked these mini cupcakes and sprinkled some spice into cream cheese icing for a fun and festive twist—a swirl of nutmeg and cinnamon created a very merry topper.
Red Velvet Mini Cupcake Recipe (makes about 48 miniature cupcakes)
My little man turned one today and I couldn’t resist baking him this adorable pup-cake to celebrate. Since peanut butter and banana are two of his favorites, this easy-to-follow recipe was perfect.
Cooper loved his birthday cake so much that I had to wrangle it away from him before he devoured the whole thing (you can see in the last pic where he’s begging for more). If you dog-lovers want to bake a special cake for your pup, then give this quick and simple recipe a try—it’s sure to get tails wagging!
Cooper’s Peanut Butter & Banana Birthday Cake Recipe (makes one double-layered 4″ cake)