So what is a red velvet cake? And what is the difference between icing and frosting?
These are just two of the questions that were answered in the Grade 10 Consumer Studies class.
And here are the answers!
A red velvet cake is a popular cake with a dark red, bright red or red-brown color. It is usually prepared as a layer cake topped with a creamy vanilla icing, cookie dough, or most popularly, cream cheese icing. The reddish-brown color of the cake was originally from a reaction of the cocoa powder with an acidic ingredient such as buttermilk; however, red food coloring is often added. Common ingredients include buttermilk, butter, flour, cocoa, cookie dough if using that filling, and beetroot or red food coloring. The amount of cocoa used varies in different recipes. Cream cheese frosting is most commonly paired with the cake, as well as the traditional buttercream.
Butter cream is icing sugar and butter blended together by creaming the butter first then gradually adding the sifted icing sugar.
Frosting is just icing sugar mixed with a little liquid such as water, orange juice etc., to form a thick icing, which when used on a cake sets with a thin shiny crust but is still soft inside.
But Consumers isn’t just about theory – the fun part is the practical side.
Of course, we must make and taste!
Not only did the Grade 10’s learn about cakes and icing, they also learnt about making decorations. Flowers and leaves were the order of the day... along with glitter, dust and sparkles. The only thing limiting the Grade 10’s were their imaginations.
After making red velvet cupcakes, the girls were given the opportunity to pipe the icing onto the cake and then to adorn the cake with all the accessories – which they loved.
The girls left the class inspired and ready to open their own home industry store!