I must apologize. I feel as though my posting hasn't been very frequent over the past month. I suppose I have a few excuses for that... 1) I was traveling through Europe for over two weeks, 2) there was prep for that trip which felt like it took me a MONTH to complete and 3) depressingly enough I gained ~3 pounds on vacation and have therefore been trying to curtail the whipping cream, butter and egg yolks in my fridge! Eeeps!! You feel my pain, yes? This may not even be a very exciting post for any of you since it perhaps looks a bit familiar? But Happy 4th of July all the same!
Red, white and... turquoise?
4th of July is such a happy holiday. It's full of warm sunshine and parades and bright colors and fireworks. But let's not forget about the MOST important aspect of 4th of July,
We went to a 3rd of July BBQ yesterday. What a fantastic idea!! A way to get together with friends on a day most everyone I knew was off work but wouldn't conflict with anyone's 4th of July plans. I wanted to make a dessert that was definitely "July 4th" but other than raspberries and blueberries over vanilla ice cream, it wasn't coming to me. A friend at work is doing a favor for me, and in return I asked her to pick a "yummy goodie" for me to make her. Red Velvet cake was the seemingly quick reply. And it suddenly hit me... red, white and BLUE velvet cake?
This sorta reminds me of Macy's...
But would the blue be blue if I mixed it with cocoa? How much blue would I need? You can't buy whole bottles of blue food coloring like you can of red... I didn't have time to experiment with multiple cakes - this was a 1 time shot.
My dirty dishes cracked me up ~~~ Turquoise and red velvet ready to bake!
I've started doing a different frosting than either a cooked flour or a thick cream cheese. The frosting I'm doing on fill-in-the-color velvet cakes lately is a very light cream cheese. Not too thick or sweet or goopy. Not the kind you'd wanna find on a carrot cake, cuz it's too light. It's something I made up - with just a bit of sour twang but mostly light sweet cream. It fits perfectly!
I'm off to spend the day BBQing with family and (if we're lucky) fireworks-ing with longtime friends. I hope you aren't at home reading this right now. 'Cuz it'll be here waiting for you when you get back from your own fabulous 4th of July. And a very happy one to you!