Merry Christmas - Red Velvet Cake

For past couple of days I had been running like a headless chicken... I hear "yeah me too" from you all....Well reason was mum arrived on Sunday and she is going to staying with me for three months "Happy Dance". I was in rush to clear the chaos, attending Christmas parties, organising my unorganised schedule and climate being super cold here, I had to take some extra efforts for mum's warm cloths (it's going to reach -30 this weekend). Thought I packed mum with warmers, snow storm horrified her! She ended up saying when will I go back to India? on the day she arrived :O. And since I didn't want her to rush back immediately to India, took a day off saying working from home, to give her some company and make her feel better but ended up making red velvet cake ...mum cleared up the whole kitchen mess! Lucky me isn't it? :)) You see I was actually working! (My boss doesn't know I have a food blog )...ha ha

Anyways, Red velvet cake was in my do list for many months, finally it got chance for this Christmas. Being honest it wasn't red but brick red velvet cake, but the texture, flavor was awesome. Mum loved it, I know mum's are biased to daughters......I handed half cake to my Finnish God Mother and she asked for the recipe ..big yay! so I'm basically not bothered about the color failure...

Here is my Santa Clause with some gift and a piece of brick red velvet cake wishing you Merry Christmas. Have a peaceful and fun Christmas with your Family and friends..Greeting from Finland :)

PS: I did fondant flowers by myself, learned from this video. Made white flowers and painted with red food color!

I followed this recipe to the dot......I strongly recommend it :) have fun guys! 


Unknown December 22, 2010 at 11:05 PM  

What a wonderful cake!
Merry Christmas!

Unknown December 22, 2010 at 11:06 PM  

Buon Natale:)

? December 22, 2010 at 11:24 PM  

Ananda, this looks gorgeous and I love your cake-plate; it is glass is it not?
Loved the anecdote too!

Priya Suresh December 23, 2010 at 12:10 AM  

Wow enjoy with ur mom stay dear,Cake looks absolutely fabulous..Can i have a slice:).

Xmas wishes to u and ur family..

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy December 23, 2010 at 12:20 AM  

Red Velvet is my fav too..more because of the color..LOL.Wow so mum is here..maybe we cant get to see some goodies from here :) U are really talented babes..fondant flowers...COOL.
Merry Christmas.and best wishes for happy holidays
P.S You really need wishes...when temp is -30 !!!!! Have a nice time with family..I m missing mine too :(

Anna Johnston December 23, 2010 at 12:56 AM  

Fabulous Ananda :) Just fabulous. I've never made a Red Velvet Cake, they look so stunning & just right for your Oh So COLD weather. I cannot believe it.... -30C, well...., guess that's what happens when you live next door to Santa Clause huh :)
Have an awesome time with your Mom...., looking forward to hearing lots of stories about your time cooking up a storm with her.
Have a wonderful Christmas & holiday season my friend.

AJ December 23, 2010 at 12:57 AM  

Hi Ananda, We had b/w -25 and -35 for 4 days last week - all the melted snow turned to ice on the roads and the winds were bone chilling!! Your Mum is really brave for visiting you in Finland in winter - hope she will relax and enjoy the beautiful country!! Cake looks lovely - was due to make it last weekend - try and do it for X'mas or new year's now!!

Soma December 23, 2010 at 1:09 AM  

How fortunate you are to have your mum with you. Wishing you all the lovely times.

The cake is stunning!!! I have never dared to bake a velvet cake yet, let along decorating it so pretty.

Merry Christmas and Happy New to you and all your dear ones.

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com December 23, 2010 at 1:26 AM  

nice photos as always Ananda.

Wow -30 ? That's far too cold for me ! It was -8 here night before last. Plenty cold enough for me.

Must be a massive shock for your mum. I hope you hsve plenty of warm things for her for CHristmas !

Love the roses. The video is super. As discussing yesterday, I made some with playdoh. I'll need to download the photos from my camera so you can see. I'm sure the results will be far better with sugarpaste and I hope to try it soon

Merry Christmas

Suji December 23, 2010 at 1:54 AM  

Ananda..Merry X'mas to you as well..Enjoy with mommmy girl...YUmmy cake and brilliant pictures...

Yours Truly December 23, 2010 at 1:55 AM  

oh my god! this is gorgeous Ananda. i am amazed at your simple yet beautiful design, and hats off to u for those handmade roses! Hope you'll have a wonderful time with your mom

Binys Recipes December 23, 2010 at 2:12 AM  

wow...fab looking cake...roses as well are perfect...gr8 presentation

Pavithra Elangovan December 23, 2010 at 2:17 AM  

Ananda I was waiting for this post as soon as i saw the picture in FB.. wonderful job and the texture of the cake is excellent. Cute roses by the way ...

Pavithra Elangovan December 23, 2010 at 2:21 AM  

Hey send ur Boss id .. I will mail him/her to see your wonderful space.. Dont worry from then he/she will ask for treat daily. ;)

Namitha December 23, 2010 at 2:31 AM  

Awesome...perfect holiday treat and you got "the" color :-) It has been in my to do list for a while and now I am all tempted :D

Foodie Ann December 23, 2010 at 3:26 AM  

Merry Christmas Ananda... Cake looks beautiful...so do the pictures...
Have fun with your Mom...:)

Swathi December 23, 2010 at 4:47 AM  


Rec velvet cake looks delicious. Love the fondant flowers. I think you mom going to like stay in winter wonderland.

Treat and Trick December 23, 2010 at 5:45 AM  

What a gorgeous cake! It's healthy since buttermilk is being used instead of heavy fat. Great texture and that rosette makes it more stunning.. Happy holidays dear..

Padhu Sankar December 23, 2010 at 6:20 AM  

This is awesome .Have a great time with your mom .

Nithya December 23, 2010 at 6:26 AM  

gorgeous pictures :) Love it totally. Merry Christmas to you too and enjoy with mom :)

Unknown December 23, 2010 at 7:02 AM  


That's a beautiful cake dear...Gald your having a wondeful time wiht your mom...Merry x'mas to you!!:)



Angie's Recipes December 23, 2010 at 7:34 AM  

What a beautiful cake! Red and white...just the right colours of the season!
Merry Christmas!

Ushnish Ghosh December 23, 2010 at 7:58 AM  

Dear Ananda
How are you?
When I see these postings. I feel sad. I want to make this one. But no eaters. I am off baking since my daughters left home for higher studies.
Awesome photography and the recipe too. I have a good mind to leave my current job and spend full time in the kitchen,,a life time dream to be in kitchen, when I am awake ..ha h what a dream!!!
have a nice weekend

Daisy Roshan December 23, 2010 at 8:01 AM  

very lovely cake....the fondant flowers are very beautiful....

Merry Christmas to you and mom!!

Pushpa December 23, 2010 at 9:04 AM  

Looks delicious,beautifully presented.

Afsal_ Alif December 23, 2010 at 9:17 AM  

I haven't ever tasted a brick-red colored cake so-far.Seeing it for the first time.Wishing you a delightful X'mas with ur Mom in Finland....! Merry x'mas.

Unknown December 23, 2010 at 9:56 AM  

looks lovely n pretty! must have tasted heavenly! yumm!

Nandinis food December 23, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

The cake looks very cute and lovely! Looks delicious!

Purnima@a creative project December 23, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

The cake looks yummy!!!Did you make the flowers .. they are so very cute and perfectly shaped as well!!! Enjoy your holidays with your mum!!! Happy holiday to you and your family!!!

Sharon December 23, 2010 at 1:05 PM  

Yay I'm the first to leave a comment! Ok I know that's kinda lame, but everyone else normally beats me to it. Gorgeous cake! And you always take such care and precision with the presentation of your food and taking photos. It's real class. And those fondant flowers, I would've thought they were store-bought!

Suja Manoj December 23, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

Gorgeous cake..presentation and photographs are mind blowing..absolutely wonderful..Merry Christmas!!!

Sanjeeta kk December 23, 2010 at 5:22 PM  

You create marvels in baking, love all the frosting done with patience and love. Wish I was your neighbor :)
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Akila December 23, 2010 at 5:37 PM  

wow what a beautiful and marvelous cake dear.... cant get my eyes out of it..... so loving dear....

Rosa's Yummy Yums December 23, 2010 at 6:18 PM  

A splendid cake!

Merry Christmas!


Rosa xoxo

Unknown December 23, 2010 at 6:28 PM  

Truely festive it looks, awesome cake!

Torviewtoronto December 23, 2010 at 6:41 PM  

beautifully decorated happy holidays

NIDHYA December 23, 2010 at 8:34 PM  

WOW, thats one gorgeous cake.. attractive clicks too.

Aaha Oho

swapna December 23, 2010 at 10:19 PM  

wonderful cake and awesome click!!

Tahemeem December 23, 2010 at 10:50 PM  

A picture perfect cake... ofcourse ur mom loved it :) it looks absoultely gorgeous :)
Enjoy ur mom's company... 3 months will fly like that... so enjoy to the fullest... and i bet she will enjoy the weather after a while :)

Alessandra December 24, 2010 at 2:32 AM  

Dear Ananda,

What a beautifully made cake! I also like to make fondant roses and flowers, it is so much fun!!

Have a great Xmas and keep warm!



Sanchita December 24, 2010 at 3:53 AM  

What a yummy looking cake:)Love the little flowers :) I am sure you are having a great time with your mom. Enjoy. Merry Christmas :)

Anonymous December 24, 2010 at 3:57 AM  

I had Red Velvet cake for the first time in America last month! What a treat! It's such an elegant, alluring cake!

Merry Christmas!

Srivalli December 24, 2010 at 3:59 AM  

Ananda, Thanks for dropping by..I loved these pictures in FB..they look so wonderful!

chow and chatter December 24, 2010 at 7:23 AM  

wow this cake rocks great job and love the flowers enjoy your mums visit ''

love Rebecca

Hasna December 24, 2010 at 8:47 AM  

wow!! stunning!! luvd the way u presented...first time here ..nw following u ...

Merry X Mas to u too!!


Joyti December 24, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

The color of your red velvet is lovely. And you did a great job with those red fondant roses.
I hope you and your mom enjoy the visit. Hopefully, she'll warm up to Finland a bit more :)

Smitha December 24, 2010 at 5:38 PM  

Amazing Ananda !!looks fabulous ,as always lovely clicks.Enjoy with your mom.Happy holidays !!

MiniBinoy December 24, 2010 at 6:12 PM  

fabulous anandaa... very beautiful settings and presentation..

MiniBinoy December 24, 2010 at 6:13 PM  

fabulous anandaa... very beautiful settings and presentation..

vegetarianirvana December 25, 2010 at 4:49 AM  

I marvel at your artistic ability, both with food and photography and love even more the simple honesty your posts convey. I know Indian parents feel so home sick in the very ordered, clean and silent western world, they can't wait to get back to the chaotic traffic, sounds, colors and crowds etc, same with my parents too and Oh they can't stand the cold either!
A very Happy 2011 to you and your family.

Prathima Rao December 25, 2010 at 7:51 AM  

This is a gorgeous looking cake!! U have been tagged..Do check out my blog for details.. ;)

Swapna December 25, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

You are so fortunate to have your mom with you Ananda! Merry Christmas to you all!!!

Fondant roses came out really well...nice clicks too as always!

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen December 25, 2010 at 8:22 PM  

How talented r u Ananda. I can never imagine making something with so much patience and beauty :)Great JOB!!!

Flavia Galasso December 26, 2010 at 12:31 AM  

I wish to you and your family a fabulous merry Christmas.... Buon NAtale, Flavia

P.S. your red velvet cake is gorgeous!!!

aipi December 27, 2010 at 5:45 AM  

Just gorgeous, what a lovely treat..very festive n nice!
Happy holidays to you n your family Ananda :)

US Masala

Padhu Sankar December 27, 2010 at 4:34 PM  

Dear Ananda
Wishes for a very Happy and prosperous New Year

Deeba PAB December 27, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

Gimme RED! Wow...that is STUNNING Ananda. -30C? That's what you get for living so close to Mr Claus! 5C here is bad enough for us! happy Holidays!!

MaryMoh December 28, 2010 at 11:16 AM  

Aha....you naughty, naughty girl...making cake at home behind your boss' back...haha. Be prepared to give him the whole cake if he finds out :D I'm sure it's so fun to have your mom around. Hope she keeps warm. I have to be very thankful that it's not as cold here in Aberdeen compared to what you get there. I better Keep Smiling! :D Happy Holidays!

Sarah Naveen December 28, 2010 at 5:36 PM  

Happy Holidays sweet heart!!!
This looks amazing...
Njoy with your mom and mi regards to her...
Happy Holidays..

Smita Srivastava December 31, 2010 at 12:33 PM  

A very Happy new year to you n ur family , loved going thru ur wonderful blog !!!

- Smita
(fun foods for little eaters

Smita Srivastava December 31, 2010 at 12:33 PM  

A very Happy new year to you n ur family , loved going thru ur wonderful blog !!!

- Smita
(fun foods for little eaters

Devaki December 31, 2010 at 7:22 PM  

This is absolutely marvelous - you are the queen of desserts dear Ananda!

Wishing you the most glorious New Year!

Chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Couscous & Consciousness January 2, 2011 at 2:15 AM  

Ananda, your cake looks exquisite and just perfect for Christmas. How lovely for you to have your Mum with you right now - hope she is by now beginning to recover from the shock of the cold (though I imagine that coming from India she won't get completely used to it). Very best wishes for the year ahead :-)
Sue xo

Jayanthy Kumaran January 2, 2011 at 12:25 PM  

Awesome clicks..
My Heartiest Wishes for 2011..:)
Tasty appetite

Jayanthy Kumaran January 2, 2011 at 12:26 PM  

Wow...Beautiful cliks...
My Heartiest Wishes for 2011..:)
Tasty appetite

delphcotecuisine January 3, 2011 at 3:21 PM  

best wishes for 2011
bises from France

Unknown January 11, 2011 at 10:12 AM  

Tons tons and tons of thanks to you all dear people for your responses :D

Unknown January 26, 2011 at 10:37 PM  

That looks UBER moist and delish! first time here - awesome desserts!
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Unknown February 2, 2015 at 10:41 AM  

Wow looks delicious, i would surely try the recipe. Thanks alot for sharing.
magnificent recipes

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