Sunday, February 16, 2014

Red Velvet This and That

As far back as I can remember, Mama always made me a red velvet cake for my birthday.  I grew up loving the rich taste of the red velvet with the cream cheese icing.  It seems that in the past few years red velvet is all the rage.  All you have to do is click on Pinterest under "Red Velvet" and all kinds of sweet delicacies come up! Of course, I had a red velvet groom's cake long before Shelby in Fried Green Tomatoes--except mine was not in the shape of an armadillo! When I entertain, I love to serve anything red velvet-whatever.

Correction:  Oh good Lord, y'all must know I meant to say Shelby in Steel Magnolias!

Red velvet cupcakes for Valentine's treats several years ago...

Red velvet cake at a Christmas soiree...

The red velvet doughnuts from Krispy Kreme are delicious any time of the year!

The red velvet cookies I made for my February "Friendship Gifts" are moist and delicious.

Last week I prepared red velvet hot chocolate to sip while we watched the Olympic ice skating...

This was so good y'all!  It's hot chocolate {homemade or packaged}, a tablespoon of red food coloring, whipped cream, and chocolate morsels on top.

Last week I served red velvet pancakes, topped with lite syrup, powdered sugar, and the chocolate morsels.  The chocolate tea from Harney Tea was the perfect morning beverage!

Lord have mercy, of course I love the red velvet wine, by Cupcake.  It's not expensive and it is very smooth.

Red velvet wine...perfect for Merlot Hour!

On Valentine's Day I prepared a red velvet cheese ball*.  I didn't want to have too much before dinner, so I only had a couple of bites, along with some champagne.  It it fabulous!



*Recipe for Red Velvet Cheese Ball:
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups red velvet cake mix, dry
2 tblsp brown sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips
Vanilla Wafers

In a large bowl, add cream cheese and butter and mix until smooth.  Add in the red velvet cake mix, the brown sugar, and the powdered sugar.  Continue mixing until everything is mixed well and looks smooth.  Pour the mixture out onto a large piece or saran wrap.  Wrap and shape the mixture into a ball and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.  Pour the mini chocolate chips onto a plate (use more if needed).  Remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator, unwrap, and roll the ball into the chocolate chips until the ball is covered. Place on a serving plate and garnish with cookies of choice.  Serve immediately or keep chilled until you are ready to serve.

16 comments:

Library Lady said...

Red Velvet is hard to resist, to eat or to wear! I've made cakes, cupcakes and cookies, now I need to serve that cheeseball. It looks scrumptious.

Seersucker Sass said...

Miss Janet! So glad that you are back :) I love red velvet everything, as well. I will have to try that cheese ball!

XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

southern-newlywed said...

I'm so glad you are back :) Love all the pictures, pretty lady!

jeanie said...

I love Red Velvet cake. A Red Velvet cake is what my Momma always made to take to a bereaved family in our community..that and fried chicken.

JeanieG

AngelaV said...

I love red velvet cake! So glad to see your blog again! God bless you!

Miss Janice said...

Library Lady,
This recipe makes a lot and the chocolate is fabulous!

Miss Janice said...

Thank you Seersucker Sass!

Miss Janice said...

Southern-Newlywed,
Thanks, but I'm not sure how long I'll be back:)

Miss Janice said...

Jeanie,
Bless your Momma! Red velvet cake and fried chicken...perfect comfort food for those who are grieving.

Miss Janice said...

Angela V,
Red velvet is the best! Thank you for your kind words...not sure how long I'll be back. Making some changes:)

Kari said...

You look heavenly! A photographer could ring the bell and you'd be ready for a magazine spread!

Alison Harriman said...

The red velvet armadillo was in "Steel Magnolias", if I may be allowed to say. I had heard about red velvet cake for years, but only just baked one this month. Very delicious!

Ali x

Miss Janice said...

Well aren't you sweet Kari! Thank you so much.

Leiah said...

I made your Red Velvet Cookies one weekend after you posted the recipe. I was so excited because I knew I had everything on hand and it meant no trip to the store on that rainy, cold afternoon. Well, I thought I did. As I had no sugar cookie mix, I used a yellow cake mix. Switched out plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream, also. I'll have to try it the 'right' way but will say this way was pretty delicious. I also had some cream cheese frosting in the pantry so while the cookie were still cooling on the rack, I drizzled some of the frosting that I warmed in the microwave until pourable. That Man loved them and I know I will definitely be making them again. Thank you again for posting such a scrumptious recipe, and well...for everything you share!

Alyson DeSalvo said...

I am so glad to see your blog again, I was lost without it. Love your Southernisms!

Kathie Truitt said...

For the first time in weeks I've been able to just sit down and get caught up on my blogs. It's Friday morning at 8:30. I'm bundled up in front of the fireplace on this 15 degree morning. Nice and cozy reading one of my favorites.