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Red Velvet Madeleines

Red Velvet Madeleines By Wood and Spoon Blog. These are cocoa-scented French cookies dipped in a cream cheese glaze and decorated with sprinkles. Learning how to make French madeleines with a big hump is easy and this recipe makes red velvet madeleines delicious and fun. Find this perfect holiday recipe on the woodandspoon.com

Happy Sunday to you all from the passenger seat of my car. My husband and I are currently driving our kids home from a short weekend at Walt Disney World. Even though my feet and legs are exhausted, my heart is full on magic and celebration. I grew up in Orlando, FL, so heading to Disney always feels a little like going home. I am thinking a post on my Disney favorites might make its way to this site in the future(?) For now I’ll move on to today’s main event: red velvet madeleines.

Red Velvet Madeleines By Wood and Spoon Blog. These are cocoa-scented French cookies dipped in a cream cheese glaze and decorated with sprinkles. Learning how to make French madeleines with a big hump is easy and this recipe makes red velvet madeleines delicious and fun. Find this perfect holiday recipe on the woodandspoon.com

Most people fall into one of two camps: those who love Valentine’s Day and those that think it’s the worst. Although Hallmark cards and boxes of chocolates that are mostly terrible offer zero appeal to me, I’ve never been one to turn down a holiday. I, for one, LOVE Valentine’s Day and any excuse to make brightly colored treats to celebrate the occasion. These red velvet madeleines are just the ticket: soft, cocoa-scented treats, a sweetened cream cheese glaze, and just enough sprinkles and food coloring to honor the festivities. If you, like me, have been looking for a recipe to share with the people you love, let me tell you how to make these red velvet madeleines!

How to Make Them

French madeleines are not nearly as difficult to make as the internet would lead you to believe. First, we start with eggs and sugar. Mix the two together until this mixture becomes frothy and pale in color. Gently stir in the flour and leavening, followed by the buttermilk (for tang!), vanilla, and melted butter. Oh, and don’t forget the food coloring– these red velvet madeleines owe their hue to red food dye, and it is an absolute must for making these super Valentine’s Day appropriate. Allow the batter to rest and chill in the fridge for a bit while the oven gets hot. The combination of chilled batter and a hot oven will ensure that your madeleines get a nice little hump on the top!

Red Velvet Madeleines By Wood and Spoon Blog. These are cocoa-scented French cookies dipped in a cream cheese glaze and decorated with sprinkles. Learning how to make French madeleines with a big hump is easy and this recipe makes red velvet madeleines delicious and fun. Find this perfect holiday recipe on the woodandspoon.com

After a brief, 10-minute bake in a madeleine pan, the red velvet madeleines are cooled and dipped in a simple glaze made from cream cheese, melted butter, and powdered sugar. I added white nonpareils for a little extra touch of special, but they’re totally optional! Feel free to add any of your favorite sprinkles or colored sugars to make these red velvet madeleines even more festive.

Share these red velvet madeleines with someone you love this week, and let me know what you think! Happy Sunday and Happy Baking, y’all!

Red Velvet Madeleines By Wood and Spoon Blog. These are cocoa-scented French cookies dipped in a cream cheese glaze and decorated with sprinkles. Learning how to make French madeleines with a big hump is easy and this recipe makes red velvet madeleines delicious and fun. Find this perfect holiday recipe on the woodandspoon.com

If you like these red velvet madeleines, you should try:

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines with Dark Chocolate ganache and Pecans
Red Velvet Cake
Chocolate Truffles
Cookie Dough Truffles

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Red Velvet Madeleines

These red velvet madeleines are  delicious and festive treats with a cream cheese glaze and a fabulous red hue!

  • Author: Kate Wood

Ingredients

For the madeleines:

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, plus an additional tablespoon for greasing the pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 11/2 teaspoons red food coloring

For the glaze:

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 11/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 11/2 tablespoons milk

 

Instructions

To prepare the madeleines:

  1. Melt the butter over low heat on the stove until melted but not bubbling. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the eggs and sugar and whisk or whip until it becomes frothy and slightly pale.
  3. With the mixer on low, stir in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add the buttermilk, vanilla extract, red food coloring, and melted butter, stirring just until the mixture comes together. Set aside the batter in the fridge to chill briefly, about 30 minutes, while you preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Once you’re ready to bake your madeleines, gently melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and use a basting brush to generously grease a madeleine pan. Spoon 1 tablespoon-sized pours of batter into each mold and bake in the oven about 10 minutes, or until the madeleines have puffed (you’ll see a big hump in the center!) and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Immediately invert your pan onto a cooling rack and rap the pan gently to get the madeleines to release. Once cooled, prepare your glaze.

To prepare the glaze:

  1. In a medium bowl, stir to combine the cream cheese and butter, just until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. For a thin glaze, gently heat in the microwave about 20 seconds and dip each Madeleine in the glaze as desired. Decorate with sprinkles if desired and serve!

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Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a cocoa flavored layer cake with a tangy cream cheese frosting. This recipe is fluffy and festive with bright red layers and is perfect for holiday baking or birthday celebrations. Learn more about how to make this dessert on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

NEW YEAR NEW SITE! Agh! I’m so excited for you guys to check out what’s new here on Wood & Spoon. I have adored my website design for the past 3 years, but man, it was time for a facelift. My hope is that this new site is more user-friendly so that you guys can find exactly you’re looking for. Wanting to find a recipe? The recipes tab is way more searchable so that you can see the type of stuff you’re into! Curious about what kind of cake pans, baking sheets, and utensils I love? You can click the shop tab for direct links to the varieties I use in my own home. Interested in taking a trip? The travel tab will give you a sneak peek into some of our recent adventures and link to my favorite places to eat in those cities.  Granted, this isn’t some drastic overhaul, but I’m really excited to present this to you y’all. I hope you love it.

Red Velvet Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a cocoa flavored layer cake with a tangy cream cheese frosting. This recipe is fluffy and festive with bright red layers and is perfect for holiday baking or birthday celebrations. Learn more about how to make this dessert on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Also along the lines of “things I hope you love” is this red velvet cake. Isn’t she a looker? I was going to save this cake for Valentine’s Day, but the time just seemed right. We’re celebrating a new site after all, right? Red velvet is always a favorite of mine, and this fluffy layer cake is no exception.

Red Velvet Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a cocoa flavored layer cake with a tangy cream cheese frosting. This recipe is fluffy and festive with bright red layers and is perfect for holiday baking or birthday celebrations. Learn more about how to make this dessert on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Red Velvet Cake

You might be wondering what the heck is red velvet anyways. Great question. I have no idea, but I’m totally into the ingredients that make this cake’s texture and flavor everything it is. First, we have cocoa powder- and just a little. This adds a subtle richness to the cake and leaves you asking, “what is this flavor I’m tasting?” The vinegar adds acid which helps to create a seriously fluffy cake. And finally, the cream cheese frosting, not necessary to a red velvet cake but almost always found in accompaniment, adds tang for contrast to the velvety sweetness of the layers. While a lot of red velvet cakes tend to be a tad too sweet, I love that this one seems to be fairly balanced in every way.

Red Velvet Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a cocoa flavored layer cake with a tangy cream cheese frosting. This recipe is fluffy and festive with bright red layers and is perfect for holiday baking or birthday celebrations. Learn more about how to make this dessert on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

I’m planning to make a quick tutorial for stacking layer cakes soon, but in the meantime, check out my cake baking hacks at this link here! There’s a few simple tricks that can keep you from experiencing frustration while in the kitchen, and some of these tips may help you. I hope you all get a chance to peruse the cake recipes on my site and give this one a try if you think about it. Happy baking to you all!

Red Velvet Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a cocoa flavored layer cake with a tangy cream cheese frosting. This recipe is fluffy and festive with bright red layers and is perfect for holiday baking or birthday celebrations. Learn more about how to make this dessert on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

If you like this recipe you should try:

Black and White Cake
Funfetti Cake
White Chocolate Cake
Milk Chocolate Chip Cake
Chocolate Caramel Crumble Cake

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Red Velvet Cake

This red velvet cake is a fluffy three layer cake with a tangy and sweet cream cheese frosting. 

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 8″ 3 layer cake
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 3/4 cup (170 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120 gm) canola oil
  • 2 cups (400 gm) sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 21/3 cups (320 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 11/4 cups (300 g m) whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (60 gm) white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring (optional)

 

For the frosting

  • 11/2 cups (285 gm) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 block/ 8 ounces (225 gm) cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Appx. 5 cups/ 1-1/2 pounds (680 gm) of powdered sugar

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 3-8” round pans and line the bottoms with pieces of parchment paper cut to fit inside the bottom.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, oil, and sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, gently whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, vinegar, and vanilla. Add half of the dry ingredients mixture to the butter and stir on low to combine. Add half of the liquid ingredients and stir just to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then repeat this process. Add the red food coloring and stir to combine. Divide the batter equally among the three pans and bake in the preheated oven until puffed and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 22-25 minutes. Allow to cool completely prior to frosting.

 

To prepare the frosting

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed (I use 4 on my stand mixer) for 2-3 minutes until light and creamy, scraping the bowl as necessary. Add the cream cheese and beat to incorporate for an additional minute. Add the salt, vanilla, and powdered sugar and beat on low speed until incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl and continue to beat until well combined. Do not overbeat as this can cause the cream cheese to loosen. If needed, add a tablespoon of water or milk at a time to get the frosting the right consistency. Refrigerate as needed to thicken the frosting up.

 

To assemble the cake

  1. Use a serrated knife to level the cakes. Smooth a small amount of frosting on an 8” cake board or plate and center a single cake layer on top. Smoothly spread a thick layer of frosting on top, extending the buttercream all the way to just eby9ond the edge of the cake.  Stack the second cake layer on top and repeat the entire process once more. Place the final cake layer on top. Spread a thin coat of frosting (crumb coat) all over the cake and allow it to set up in the fridge prior to applying the final coat of frosting. You can skip this step if desired. Finish frosting the cake as desired with the rest of the buttercream.  Cake will keep in the refrigerator covered in plastic for up to three days.

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