Bake like the Cake Boss

October 29, 2011

Dana Herbert, recent winner of TLC's "Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker", was in our ABC7 studio to show us how to make a cake that "screamed" of Halloween! The baker from Delaware should know; among his nicknames are "Sugar Daddy" because of his work with pulled and blown sugar, as well as Delaware's "King of Cakes."

Dana Herbert's Red Velvet Cake

1/2 cup Shortening
1 1/2 cups White Sugar
2 Eggs
2 tblsps Cocoa
4 tblsps Red Food Coloring
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Buttermilk
2 1/2 cups Sifted All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 tsps Baking Soda
1 tblsp Distilled White Vinegar
5 tblsps All-Purpose Flour
1 cup Milk
1 cup White Sugar
1 cup Butter
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1. Grease two 9-inch round pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Cream shortening and 1 1/2 cups sugar.
3. Add eggs and beat well.
4. Make a paste of cocoa and red food coloring. Add to creamed mixture. Mix salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla and buttermilk together. Add alternately the flour with the milk mixture to the creamed mixture. Mix soda and vinegar and fold into cake batter. Don't beat or stir now!
5. Bake for 30 minutes.
6. To Make Icing: Cook 5 Tablespoons flour and milk over low heat till thick, stirring constantly. Let cool thoroughly! While cooling, cream 1 cups sugar, butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat this well till light and fluffy. Add to flour mixture and beat until of a good spreading consistency. Don't ice cake till cool.

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