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She Beautifully Decorates A Red Velvet Cake With Lace And Powdered Sugar

by Elyse Wanshel
Elyse is a Senior Writer at LittleThings.com. She enjoys tacos, kickboxing, and naming animals. In fact, she named two of her mother’s six cockatiels Mr. and Mrs. Featherbottom.

People love red velvet cake. But what exactly is it? I mean, red velvet isn’t a flavor.

First, a little about it’s interesting history.

Red velvet cake was born when bakers started using boiled beet juices to enhance the color of their cakes when foods were rationed during World War II. Beets are actually found in some red velvet cake recipes today, which can also help to retain moisture.

This technique was especially popular in the south, and it soon became part of the region’s distinctive cuisine. In fact, its current popularity was sparked in part by the Louisiana-set movie Steel Magnolias, which included a red velvet groom’s cake made in the shape of an armadillo.

Yet, being that the cake’s basic ingredients are buttermilk, butter, cocoa, and flour, it’s essentially chocolate cake dyed red by either food coloring or beets. The crimson cake is typically topped with cream cheese or buttermilk frosting — but does it have to be?

Here at LittleThings we say nay! Why not try a new topping?Like lace!

So, we decided make edible lace to creatively decorate a red velvet cake — and the result is stunning!

First we got all our ingredients together. I decided to make my life easier by just using boxed red velvet cake mix. I got whatever the box said I needed, plus some lace, powdered sugar, a sifter, a muffin tin, liners, and vanilla frosting (you can use cream cheese frosting as well, if that’s what you prefer).

First we got all our ingredients together. I decided to make my life easier by just using boxed red velvet cake mix. I got whatever the box said I needed, plus some lace, powdered sugar, a sifter, a muffin tin, liners, and vanilla frosting (you can use cream cheese frosting as well, if that’s what you prefer).
LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

I poured all my ingredients for the box cake in a bowl.

I poured all my ingredients for the box cake in a bowl.
LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

Then I mixed them all together.

Then I mixed them all together.
LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

My initial instinct was to make cupcakes. I poured the red velvet batter into a lined muffin tin using an ice cream scooper so that every cupcake would be the same size, and they would all bake evenly.

My initial instinct was to make cupcakes. I poured the red velvet batter into a lined muffin tin using an ice cream scooper so that every cupcake would be the same size, and they would all bake evenly.
LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

I put my cupcakes in the oven for about 13 minutes.

I put my cupcakes in the oven for about 13 minutes.
LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

They came out perfectly, but when I tried my lace-decorating trick on the cupcakes, it didn’t turn out too well. In fact, I would call this a fail. The space was too small for what I wanted to do. But I had leftover batter. So, on a whim, I decided to bake a cake instead.

They came out perfectly, but when I tried my lace-decorating trick on the cupcakes, it didn’t turn out too well. In fact, I would call this a fail. The space was too small for what I wanted to do. But I had leftover batter. So, on a whim, I decided to bake a cake instead.
LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

Once the cake was done, I cut it in half.

Once the cake was done, I cut it in half.
LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

I then added frosting to the top of one half.

I then added frosting to the top of one half.
LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

Then put the other half on top of the iced half, making a layer cake.

Then put the other half on top of the iced half, making a layer cake.
LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

Next, I placed a thick piece of lace on top of the cake.

Next, I placed a thick piece of lace on top of the cake.
LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

I put some powdered sugar into the sifter.

I put some powdered sugar into the sifter.
LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

Then gently tapped the sugar over the lace.

Then gently tapped the sugar over the lace.
LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

I sifted until the lace and cake was completely covered with powdered sugar.

I sifted until the lace and cake was completely covered with powdered sugar.
LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

Then I quickly pulled the lace off.

Then I quickly pulled the lace off.
LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

The result is a gorgeous cake that looks like it’s decorated with edible lace.

The result is a gorgeous cake that looks like it’s decorated with edible lace.
LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

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