Red Velvet Chocolate Cake

Valentine’s Day is only a few days away and I have the perfect Red Velvet Chocolate Cake recipe to share! Plus, I whipped up a super simple ruffle apron for my latest project with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores so you can look cute while you’re baking it!

Red Velvet Chocolate Cake | Kim Byers

First, pop over to Jo-Ann and get the ruffle apron tutorial (you can see just a hint of it to the left of the cake). Then, gather your cake ingredients. You’ll need:

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour, not self-rising (plus a little to coat your pans)
  • 1 teaspoon Crisco
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup red food coloring (you can add a bit more if you’d like the color to be more vibrant)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or you can use 3/4 cup soy milk if you have food allergies in your house)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 cups Dark Chocolate Duncan Hines Frosting (I know… but not everything has to be from scratch!)
  • wax paper

Now let’s get baking!

  1. Preheat and prep pans - Heat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease (with Crisco… my grandmother preferred to butter) two 9-by-2-inch round cake pans. Sprinkle with flour, and tap out the excess and set the pans aside.
  2. Combine - In a medium bowl, whisk cake flour, salt, and cocoa; set aside.
  3. Wet ingredients – In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar and oil, and beat on medium speed until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add food coloring and vanilla, and beat until combined.
  4. Combine mixtures - Add 1/4 flour mixture and alternate with 1/4 wet mixture, scraping with a rubber spatula as needed to completely combine your batter.
  5. Add – In a small bowl, mix baking soda and vinegar until combined. Add to batter, and beat for 10 seconds.
  6. Divide – Evenly divide batter between the prepared pans.
  7. Bake 25 – 30 minutes –  bake until a cake tester inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean.
  8. Cool - place pans on wire rack for five minutes to cool. Then, remove cake from pans, place on wire rack and allow them to continue to cool completely.
  9. Ice and decorate – place small strips of wax paper around the edge of the cake plate and place the first layer on top. Apply a thin crumb coat. Add a generous dollop of icing on top and smooth to edges. Add the second layer of cake and apply another thin crumb coat. Allow the icing to set. With a spatula, generously apply a coating of icing to the entire cake. Pull out the wax paper and decorate with red gumballs or malted milk balls. Both can be found at your local candy store.
  10. Cake topper – for a simple topper, use a lollipop stick and Darice glitter tape (the glitter won’t fall away). Wrap the tape around the top of the lollipop stick and cut small triangles out of the ends. Done!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Only I was too impatient to actually stitch XOXO, so I used a gold Elmer’s Painter’s Pen and drew it on. (Note: Only the black is available online, but the store has tons of colors!)

Gotta love a shortcut. {wink}

Hop over to my latest post with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for all the easy step-by-step for this little project, as well as a no-sew ruffle wreath… plus tons more pictures. 

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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String art crafts are in right now and this simple heart string art template is perfect for Valentine’s Day cards.

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Do your kiddos like to make their own Valentine’s Day cards instead of buying them? Real Simple has a super simple heart card template for download and they’re the perfect size for a fun class Valentine. 

You’ll need:

And now is the perfect time to get started. With just a few weeks away, you can make a few each day!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Photo: Nicole Hill Gerulat; Styling: Morgan Levine

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You can find the template download for this idea and several more pop-up cards on Martha Stewart, as well as a comprehensive list of materials and more pictures. You can also find this month’s Martha Stewart Living on newstands and in the Apple Store for iPad.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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My home (walls and furniture) is very neutral in grays and whites, so I add my pops of color in my decor: throw pillows, wall prints, curtains and dishes.

In a recent post with JoAnn Fabric And Craft Stores new blog, The Creative Spark, I share how to make easy decorative pillow covers with piping and invisible zippers. I buy the pillow inserts in several different shapes and sizes and then just make covers to match my holiday decor. The covers are much easier to store than whole pillows and it’s much less expensive too.

Hop over to The Creative Spark for the easy step-by-step tutorial and lots of pictures. You can also see my most recent post for a lovely DIY no-sew ruffle wreath and bunting perfect to dress up your home for Valentines!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Hop over to Toffee Magazine for more darling pictures and ideas. (I love that they used whoopie pies… ha!… instead of cupcakes.)

Download your free Valentine’s Day printables for your sweet while you’re there!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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  2. Valentine Arrow Macaron Picks from Sugar and Cloth
  3. Valentine Macaron Pops from Bakerella
  4. Raspberry Coconut Macaron from Cooking Classy
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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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I “heart” paper crafting, especially 3-D paper crafting. {wink}

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I’m actually thinking of making something similar for my entryway or my reading nook. Speaking of my nook, I’m posting an easy DIY Valentine pillow cover set over at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores blog today.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Kate’s paper crafts are darling. Hop over to download these freebies and check out all her fun and bright designs.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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