Happy Valentines Day, y'all. So there is one thing that I love about this particular holiday - and it has nothing to do with roses, chocolates or sappy Hallmark cards. So what, you ask, is the focus of my V-day related adoration? Three words....RED VELVET CAKE!!
Yup, my mom used to make red velvet cake every year for Valentines Day - so it has now become tradition. Other people dig into a box of chocolates or "sweet tarts" candy...I simply must have at least one slice of red velvet cake every Feb. 14.
For those of you unfamiliar with the delicious treat, red velvet cake is an aptly-named rich and sweet red-colored layered cake typically topped with a creamy white icing. Common ingredients include buttermilk, butter, flour, cocoa powder and often red food coloring. In a long list of worthy contenders, red velvet is quite possibly my favorite cake.
A warning to anyone planning to whip this up for the fist time...to make a quality red velvet cake, prepare to spend some time in the kitchen. And only make it for people worthy of that time and attention. True story...back in college (I believe it was my senior year) a couple gal pals came over and we decided to make some red velvet cake for the men in our lives. Later that evening, the boys came over and we all had a nice dinner and a few bottles of wine. When it came time to divvy up the cake, our fabulous boyfriends decided to turn it into a cake shoveling contest to see who could inhale the largest slice in the least amount of time. Niiiicccceeee. Well, my belief is, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em - and it soon turned into a big cake fight...after all that hard work. Needless to say, none of the couples present that evening lasted the school year. But I digress....
Anyhoo, this particular V-Day is so much sweeter now that I've realized the wonderful crew at Hungry Girl has done it again - they found a yummy-looking red velvet cupcake recipe that I will be trying out tonight. Using a reduced-sugar cake mix, Splenda, fat-free cream cheese, fat-free Egg Beaters and more, this version offers up less calories and fat grams than the typical version. I likey!
Anyway, I thought I would end this entry with a few nods to one of the best movies ever made - one that features an, ahem, interesting red velvet cake. According to this New York Times article, the movie even helped renew to national interest in the cake.
Here's a hint...
"The groom's cake! It's awful...it's in the shape of a giant armadillo. Worse, the cake part is red velvet. People are going to be hacking into this poor animal that looks like it's bleedin' to death!"
Got it yet? No? It's a quote from 'Steel Magnolias,' one of the few movies out there that can make me bawl like a baby...(Shelby was right, my hair does look like a brown football helmet!) I'm sniffling just typing that last line. Sheesh.
The flick also gave birth to some awesome quotes. Unfortunately, I couldn't find too many clips out there of the movie. But I will treat you to a few of my favorite Steel Magnolia lines.
Here you go...
* I do not see plays, because I can nap at home for free. And I don't see movies 'cause they're trash, and they got nothin' but naked people in 'em! And I don't read books, 'cause if they're any good, they're gonna make 'em into a miniseries.
* Looks like two pigs fightin' under a blanket.
* I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair.
* Well, you know what they say: if you don't have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!
* You are too twisted for color TV!
* I'm not crazy, I've just been a very bad mood for the last 40 years!
* You sound almost chipper. What happened today - you run over a small child or something?
* He's a real gentleman! I bet he takes the dishes out of the sink before he pees in it!
* My colors are "blush" and "bashful." ... Her colors are "pink" and pink."
* I realize as a woman how lucky I am. I was there when that wonderful creature drifted into my life and I was there when she drifted out. It was the most precious moment of my life.