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If you didn’t know by now, I’m small. Short. Little. Whatever you want to call it. Being the oldest of three, in a family of five, I’m the shortest. It’s sad, I know.

The resulting effect is that I tend to lean towards small things. I like small kitties and puppies. Small eggplants are adorable. And I like my desserts in small packages. Like this one. Red Velvet Cake cut into petite slices with creamy cream cheese frosting. (I can hear my bear in the background “You’re making my belly get bigger!”). Tehe. Tehe.

The only question remains- how on earth did I end up with such a big bear hubby?

Red Velvet Cakelettes
courtesy Martha Stewart

2 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted
2 TB unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 tsp red gel food coloring
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp distilled white vinegar

Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk together the flour, cocoa, and salt. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whisk together sugar and oil until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix in food color and vanilla.

Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and whisking well after each. Stir together the baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl (it will foam). Add mixture to the batter, and mix on medium speed for 10 seconds.

Butter and flour a 13×9 inch cake pan, and pour the batter in it. Bake 20-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool completely before putting it in the freezer for 15 minutes. Cut the cake in half and fill with half of cream cheese frosting (recipe follows), using the other half of the recipe to spread on top. Decorate as desired.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 package/8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 package (16 oz) powdered sugar (about 4 cups), sifted

Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add sugar gradually, beating until well blended after addition.
Makes about 2 1/2 cups.


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    Oh… these look just wonderful!

  • oh, these cakes look amazing. i wished i could have one right now! i love red velvet =)

  • your cakes have such a rich colour!!! and that frosting looks so very very good!

  • Your cake looks delicious, and beautiful!

  • This is my favorite red velvet recipe. Gorgeous presentation!

  • They look so pretty and elegant! Congratulations on top 9!! 🙂 xoxo

  • Hi Kate,
    Thanks for the comment, I had more fun eating them I think 🙂 Thanks for the congrats!

  • Thanks Destin!

  • So sweet, love your blog name! 🙂

  • Hi Dennis, I agree- the frosting is pretty amazing! 🙂

  • Hi Judy, you and me both! 🙂

  • Hi Camala,
    I hope you try them- they are just as yummy as they look!:)

  • This looks sooo delicious! I love red velvet cakes!

  • Hi Kocinera,
    Thanks for the comment, glad you like it as much as I do! 🙂

  • OMG I am printing the recipe and I am off for shopping my red velvet cakelettes ingredients.

  • Hehe Go, go! 🙂

  • Red velvet is by far my favorite cake! I love how yours has such a rich color. I don’t know if I’ll make it to the end of the week before giving this recipe a try, yum!

  • So beautiful, and my very favorite cake:)

  • They’re so beautiful!

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  • I am a sucker for anything red velvet. This looks so delicious. I’m petite like you but my appetite is nowhere near petite. These “petite” cakes are gorgeous and I am sure they are not petite in flavor.

  • Hi Sarah! Definitely make them soon 🙂 Ours was gobbled up very quickly (by someone…ahem.)

  • So sweet, thanks Shirley!

  • Hi Kathy, my appetite can be pretty non-petite too. 🙂
    So glad you like them!

  • So cute, I love little things too! It is definitely true that good things come in small packages. 🙂 I would like a small package of red velvet cakelettes please. Pretty please?

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