February was my month to host our What’s Baking blog group. I chose red velvet as the theme because it only seemed fitting with Valentine’s Day. And, I realized, I haven’t baked anything red velvet and it’s about time I did. I just love the contrast of the bright white cream cheese frosting to the red velvet base- whether it be cake, cookies, brownies or whatever. And, the chocolate flavor is so mild, even my husband can enjoy it and he did indeed.
My good friend Eva, of Eva Bakes, made these amazing looking red velvet marble brownies. I almost made brownies too, but at the last-minute went with cookies instead. These look so crazy delicious that I had to put them to the top of my baking to do list.
Alison, of Sparks from the Kitchen, made red velvet cookie bars with vanilla bean frosting. Butter cream frosting is always made better by the addition of real vanilla bean and these look delicious. I have never made the red velvet version, but frosted sugar cookie bars are one of my favorite things to bake. Why? Because they have the taste of soft frosted sugar cookie with much less work and my family absolutely loves them. My husband has been known to eat most of the pan himself.
Nicole, of Seven Ate Nine (can’t help but love this blog name), made Red Velvet Cake Batter Squares. She had these bars at her rehearsal dinner at The Blue Willow Inn almost 5 years ago and was able to recreate them from the inn’s cookbook. I love how food can bring you back to a day and you can almost relieve that memory as you eat it. And, I also love that these bars have just 5 ingredients. I mean really, it can’t get any easier than that!
Ange, of The Tiny Tyrant’s Kitchen, made red velvet chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate chip cookies have always been my favorite dessert to eat. I have never had red velvet chocolate chip cookies before but I’m thinking that should change. Ange had the same problem I did. Our red velvet wasn’t as red as we would have liked because of the brown color of the cocoa. But, never mind that because these look delicious.
Carrie, from Carrie’s Sweet Life, made a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting for her grandmother’s birthday. Until now, Carrie had the same problem I do, and that is finding a homemade cake that she likes. I have found homemade cake to be too dense or too dry. This is the cake that changed all that for Carrie… as it was moist, the frosting wasn’t too sweet..in other words perfection. I’ll have to give it a try. I have been meaning to make a layer cake so I can use the beautiful and incredibly thoughtful engraved cake server set my husband gave me for reaching a million views in November. Awww…
And, I made soft red velvet sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting. In this house, we love soft, frosted sugar cookies. So, I thought a red velvet version would be just perfect. And, I was so right. These cookies were amazing. They were really soft, with a hint of cocoa, and the most delicious cream cheese frosting. Honestly, there aren’t too many recipes I make more than once because there are just so many I want to try. But, I see more of these cookies in my future. So delicious and pretty too.