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.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Reviews (4)

35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: Unrated
08/20/2012
joan rudd
Rating: Unrated
07/04/2012
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.
Rating: Unrated
03/26/2012
I haven't read it yet. I can't seem to get the rest of it
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Rating: Unrated
03/05/2012
Can I decorate it with fondant?