Think about the most perfect red velvet cupcake. No really, close your eyes and just imagine it. A moist cupcake (red, of course) with a kiss of chocolate, dressed in dark chocolate ganache if you’re feeling evil, or some cream cheese frosting if you’re feeling fancy. Birthdays are generally fancy occasions, so in this scenario, we will be going with the cream cheese scenario =)
Baking for my friend Tito is a little difficult at times, because I’m never really sure exactly what he likes. I thought about this cake for about a week or so before conceptualizing a final design. These were some things I knew:
1. That one time I made red velvet cake, he housed all the extra tops I cut off to make the layers even. Red velvet – check!
2. That time I made mojito cupcakes, he liked the cream cheese frosting. Cream cheese frosting – check!
3. He absolutely loves cheesecake.
I was debating between making a red velvet cake and a dulce de leche cheesecake and was browsing the Cheesecake Factory website (mostly I was sitting in the machine shop and HUNGRY) when all of a sudden I saw their red velvet and cheesecake layered cake – a match made in heaven! I fell in love. I made the cake. He fell in love (with the cake). It was probably the most delicious cake I had ever made.
And so, I present to you, the red velvet cake with a cheesecake filling, covered in dense cream cheese frosting. You want to eat it. You know it!
CAKE: Red velvet
TOPPING: Cream cheese frosting
GARNISH: Strawberries (optional, totally unneeded but still delish!)