The ideal dessert for Halloween is this thick, deep Black Velvet Cake. Black cocoa, which gives the cake its dark color, gives it a flavor that is distinct from that of other chocolate cakes. Each layer is extremely moist and covered in smooth black cocoa buttercream. Starry white food coloring is splashed throughout, and flying paper bats are added as decorations. Whether you’re cooking it for Halloween or just want a basic Black Velvet Cake, you can dress it up or down. Refer the recipe of Cakepluss.com below to make it by yourself:
What is Black Velvet Cake?
A rich, moist red velvet cake and a rich, dark chocolate cake can both be compared to Black Velvet Cake. Its preparation is quite similar to that of red velvet cake since it utilizes less cocoa powder than a typical chocolate cake and vinegar and buttermilk to give the cake a wonderfully soft and light texture.
And that’s exactly how Black Velvet Cake feels. It’s extremely moist and rich without being overly heavy or dense like other chocolate cakes can be. The taste is also quite distinctive. The lovely dark color, which gives it a wonderfully powerful look and flavor, is made using black cocoa powder. Black chocolate has undergone extensive alkalinization, which balances its acidity. It gains a very black hue and less fat from this process.
Black cocoa powder has a fat level of roughly 10%, compared to the 20% found in traditional cocoa powder. As a result, black cocoa powder has a flavor that is deeper than dark chocolate and quite distinctive. But it’s not at all bitter. It actually has a fairly smooth texture but helps to temper the cake’s sweetness.
Advice on how to make a smooth, delicious Black Velvet Cake
The fact that this recipe is for an oil-based cake is its best feature. This means that the cake can be completely mixed by hand and will remain very moist for days. Here are some guidelines to remember in order to get a perfect outcome:
- Prior to incorporating them into the batter, let the refrigerated ingredients come to room temperature. You’ll get a beautifully smooth batter that bakes evenly as a result.
- Don’t measure your dry ingredients too precisely. Always scoop the dry ingredients into a measuring cup and level it off with a flat edge if you don’t have a food scale. When you scoop flour or cocoa powder directly into the cup, it gets compacted and you end up with way too much.
- Pay attention not to overmix. Stop blending as soon as the batter comes together. In contrast to over-mixing, which results in a rough and dense cake, this will result in a soft and light cake.
- Pour your batter into each cake pan in an even layer. Try to equalize them as much as you can.
- Otherwise, certain layers would need to bake for a longer period of time than others, and one of them will sink since it was overfilled.
- If you have cake strips, use those. Although it’s not required, I always advise using cake strips since they produce a very even bake all the way to the cake’s core.
- Before decorating, allow the cakes to cool completely. Allow them to chill for about an hour, or until they are totally cold. Buttercream will melt and cake layers will slip all over the place if you try to decorate a cake that is even just a little heated.
How to decorate a Black Velvet Cake?
The Black Velvet Cake decorations are now the finest part of the cake! Of course, if you’re not cooking this for Halloween, you can simply ice the cake and stop there. However, if you decide to create these bat decorations inspired by a starry night, here’s how:
- After frosting the entire cake, partially put it in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. The frosting should be slightly tacky so that the sprinkles will stick, but it should firm up enough to hold the cake together.
- Put a little bit of water and your white food coloring in a small bowl. The cake’s spatter is much more uniform after being thinned out. Dip the tip of a clean, small, flat paintbrush (one that has never been used to apply paint) into the food coloring. Avoid soaking the brush because doing so will result in extremely huge droplets on the cake. Buttercream can be spread on a plate to rehearse the spatter if you’re nervous. Hold the brush an inch or so away from the cake’s side when you’re ready. To squirt food coloring onto the cake, run your finger along the brush’s edge. Continue doing this all the way around the cake.
- Then, in a small, swift motion, toss a few tiny pinches of the white sprinkles against the cake’s sides. To keep the sprinkles from rolling all over your kitchen, use little pinches. Place a sizable baking sheet with a rim under the cake to assist catch the fallen sprinkles if they’re still flying everywhere.
- The bats should then be added. Cut six pieces of fine floral wire that are 6-7 inches long. Stick the bats all the way to the end.