Baby Shower Desserts: Homemade Red Velvet Cake

Satisfy Mom-to-be's sweet tooth by serving this homemade red velvet cake at her baby shower.

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This impressive and delectable homemade red velvet cake will remind you of just how delicious homemade cake and frosting can taste. Let's measure three tablespoons of coco powder into a small bowl. Add one ounce of red food coloring, one tablespoon of water, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Whisk it all together, then set the bowl aside. Next, add one tablespoon of lemon juice into a cup of milk and set it aside. Now, cream one-half cup of softened butter, that's one stick with one and a half cups of sugar in a mixer on high speed. Beat in two large eggs. Now reduce the speed to low and add two cups of flour, one teaspoon of baking soda and a half teaspoon of salt. Next, add the milk mixture, then add the coco mixture, and beat until it's combined. Divide the butter evenly between 2-inch round cake pans that have been greased and floured. Bake the cakes in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes come out clean. Cool the cakes for 10 minutes. Then remove them from the pans and cool them completely. Now let's make the frosting. Place four large egg whites into a medium bowl, add one and a half cups of sugar, a quarter cup of water, two teaspoons light corn syrup, and a quarter teaspoon of cream of tartar. Place the bowl over simmering water and beat it with an electric mixer on low speed until it's combined. Increase the speed to high and beat for 10 to 12 more minutes until stiff peaks form. Remove the bowl from the heat. Now, measure about a cup of frosting into a small bowl. Stir in a dab of red food coloring to make a pale pink frosting. Then spoon the pink frosting into a pastry bag with a medium star tip or you can use a resealable plastic bag too. Next, spoon one cup of the white frosting into another pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Place one cake layer on a serving plate and spread it with one half cup of the white frosting. Top with the second cake layer, then frost the sides on top with the remaining frosting. Pipe dollops of the pink and white frostings on top of the cake. For a finishing touch, decorate the top of the cake with heart-shaped sprinkles.

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