Valentine’s Red Velvet Cake Jars

Tanya 2 Susanna Blavarg2859

I always love to bake something sweet for Valentine’s Day (as I do for every holiday!) because it’s fun to get creative and make something with a bit of a theme. I’d never made cake jars before and I’d been inspired by some Oreo ones I’d seen on Pinterest, so I thought I’d make red velvet ones for Valentine’s day this year! They look beautiful, taste INCREDIBLE and are the perfect thing to make for your friends or for the love of your life for a special night in. I can’t wait for you guys to try these! It’s so satisfying to make your way with your spoon through the layers of soft, dense red velvet cake and light, sweet cheesecake mixture and then pop it into your mouth and mmmmmmmmmm heaven! Please tweet me a photo if you make these at home and if you haven’t already seen it – I’ve just put up a video on my YouTube channel of me making these so you can watch that here. I just thought I would put up a nice photo and the recipe on my blog for you guys as it’s nice to see the recipe and method written out. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

For the red velvet cake (I used the Hummingbird recipe):
120g unsalted butter
300g caster sugar
2 eggs
20g cocoa powder
40ml red food colouring
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
240ml buttermilk
300g plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3 teaspoons white wine vinegar

For the creamy cheesecake mixture:
600g icing sugar
100g unsalted butter
250g cream cheese

You will also need:
6-8 jam jars/kilner jars depending on size
Striped string to tie round each jar

Preheat your oven to 170c
Put the butter and sugar in a mixer and beat until smooth and fluffy
Add the eggs and beat until incorporated
In another bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, red food colouring and vanilla to make a paste and add to mixture
Turn the mixer down, and mix in half of the buttermilk followed by half of the flour then repeat the process until everything is well mixed together
Finally add the salt, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar and mix together until everything is smooth and consistent
Spoon the mixture between two large cake tins and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until risen and springy
Allow to cool on a wire rack before breaking the cake in to pieces
Whilst cooling, make the icing by mixing all the ingredients together in a processer until smooth and creamy
Make the pots by taking some cake and pushing a thick layer into the base of a jar, pushing down so that the cake is packed in tightly
Spoon a layer of the cream cheese icing over the top (you could use a piping bag if you prefer) and then repeat the process until you have built up layers to fill your jars, ending with a cream cheese icing top
Repeat the process until you have used up all your mixture
Finally, sprinkle the top of each one some leftover cake crumbs and tie the jars with string! Enjoy!

Love, Tanya