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Hidden beneath the swooping white frosting of this tiered dessert are stunning scarlet layers infused with buttermilk and cocoa. Red velvet cake, whose namesake hue comes from food coloring, is a favorite dessert in the South, but its exact origins are unknown. In honor of its adopted home, gum-paste magnolias adorn it here. For added flavor, we've substituted a tangy cream-cheese frosting for the standard flour-based icing, spreading it between each layer and outside.

  • Servings: 175

Photography: Dana Gallagher

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2004

Ingredients

  • 3 each 6-, 9-, 12-, and 15-inch round layers, plus two 4-inch round layers Red Velvet Cake
  • 5 pieces corresponding-size 3/16-inch thick foam board
  • 5 recipes Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 cake board, 18-inch diameter
  • 25 wooden dowels, 1/4 inch diameter, 4 1/8 inches long
  • 3 gum-paste magnolias

Directions

  1. Prepare tiers: Trim layers. On corresponding-size boards, fill 6-, 9-, 12-, and 15-inch layers with frosting to make 4-inch-high tiers. Repeat with 4-inch layers to make a 3-inch-high tier. Frost tiers; press a large offset spatula vertically against sides at 1-inch intervals to make swooping ridges.

  2. Assemble tiers: Place 15-inch tier on board. Insert 10 dowels, arranging 1 in center and 9 in a circle 2 1/2 inches from edge. Center and place 12-inch tier on top; insert 8 dowels in a circle 2 1/2 inches from edge. Center and place 9-inch tier on top; insert 4 dowels in a square 2 1/2 inches from edge. Center and place 6-inch tier on top; insert last 3 dowels in a triangle 2 inches from edge. Refrigerate until ready to display. Decorate with gum-paste magnolias.

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  • Joan Rudd
    20 AUG, 2012
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  • chardy8604
    4 JUL, 2012
    The cake was moist and delicious, however, the cake was so heavy that there was not sufficient support for the weight of six tiers! I would recommend using cake separator plates, or using a dowel through all layers of the structure. When the cake was assembled at my daughter's wedding what started out 6 tiers, ended up being four! Do NOT follow the assembly instructions as they are inaccurate.
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  • bluebelly
    26 MAR, 2012
    I haven't read it yet. I can't seem to get the rest of it
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  • Sususu
    5 MAR, 2012
    Can I decorate it with fondant?
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