The Cake of Lurrrrve !!!

Red Velvet Cake with Traditional Ermine Frosting
Gluten Free ,Vegan, Nut and Coconut Free

It’s coming up to Valentine’s Day, so of course there has to be an appropriately blinged bake πŸ™ˆ

So this year , I’ve opted to get my version of the classic Red Velvet Cake

But me being me I’ve opted for the traditional topping of Ermine Frosting, as well it is my go to Frosting anyway as some of you will know . I can never thank Anna enough for introducing me to it 😘

Cream cheese frosting was a later addition, and I can tell you now, I was never a fan of Red Velvet until I’ve made my own πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Its all in the Apple Cider Vinegar, but don’t worry you don’t taste a thing !!

We have no dry cakes in The Cauldron and this cake is no exception either

The only thing to consider is whether you want to colour it or not !!

You use non dutched cocoa powder ( here in the UK most of ours are dutched meaning its washed in alkaline solution to make it darker and more chocolatey )or cocao for this bake and you will get natural red hue, but its only mild, but the original way , the chemical reaction with the vinegar gives the colour !!

I wanted it to be the colour you see in the magazines πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ so I added some food gel to my bake , but it takes only a small amount

But by all means go au natural it makes no difference on flavour , whatsoever

The crumb on this cake is fabulous, light , soft and so moist πŸ™ŠπŸ™Š its a joy to look at and a delight to eat….. infact #thecauldronapprentice really set to with this one and filled her boots πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Now I know I’ve made it look pretty but you really don’t have too.

Keep it simple and just swirl some ermine on and some appropriately designed sprinkles and you’re good to go…….THE CAKE OF LURVE 😜😜

Right lets crack on and don’t forget to make your ermine pudding base first !!

In its Flat Lay Full Glory 😍😍


Red Velvet Cake With Traditional Ermine Frosting GF, DF V

All the classic of a Red Velvet Cake, light chocolate a soft crumb and topped with the orginial Ermine Frosting

Prepare and make the Ermine pudding in advance and leave to cool, I make mine the night before. Check that any food colouring used is Gluten free and Vegan, Red is notoriously not vegan Make in an 8′ Square tin ( 20 cm ) can be double for a brownie or traybake tin


  • 300 g Gluten Free Plain Flour Blend ( If not using your own I recommend Dove Farms Freee UK or Pillsbury US )
  • 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum ( omit if your blend contains it )
  • 275 g Caster / Superfine sugar
  • 50 g of Undutched Cocoa powder / Cocao ( I used Food Thoughts Organic Cacao )
  • 2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 300 ml of Dairy Free Milk ( I used Alpro Soya )
  • 150 ml of Neutral Oil ( I used Vegetable )
  • 60 ml Apple Cider or White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Red Food colouring ( I used Rainbow Dust Pro Gel Red ) OPTIONAL
  • —————- THE ERMINE
  • 35 g Gluten free Flour blend as used for your cake
  • 110 g Granulated sugar
  • 225 ml / g Dairy free Milk, I advise Rice milk always but that’s up to you
  • 110 g Vegan Butter, I use Pure Dairy Free or Stork Block depending on what I have in . Earth Balance will be the US alternative
  • 90 g Shortening, I use Trex, Hi Ratio is the best US wise.
  • You can use full Non dairy butter but you would need to stabilised it with xanthan gum and that can cause splitting, feel free to try, it needs to be added at the end of the process and whisked in thoroughly 400 g of Non dairy in total, not for me though……. -2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Optional Sprinkles !!!


  1. Make your Ermine Pudding as directed in my Intolerance frosting post Steps 1-5
  2. Best Intolerance Frosting EVER………. well today πŸ˜‚

  3. Pre heat oven to 165 C Convection / 180 C Standard / 300 F
  4. Grease and line with baking parchment an 8′ ( 20 cm ) square Cake Tin making sure you leave 2 in proud of the top ( or a deep tin if you have one !! )
  5. Add the Apple Cider Vinegar to Milk and leave to stand and curdle ( this is your buttermilk )
  6. Add the flour blend , xanthan if using , bi carb , sugar and cocao to a medium bowl and whisk together
  7. Sieve into a further bowl so that all the dry ingredients are aerated and evenly distributed
  8. Add the oil and the vanilla to the curdled milk and whisk together
  9. Poor the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk til just combined
  10. Add the Red food colouring if using and whisk til fully combined , do not worry about over mixing this is Gluten Free there are no gluten strands to toughen !!!
  11. Pour into your prepared tin and smooth
  12. Place in the oven on middle shelf and bake for 35 minutes, until cake tester or cocktail stick comes out clean
  13. When baked leave to cool in tin for 15 minutes, lift out with baking parchment and leave to cool, then remove parchment
  14. Finish the Ermine as in this post Steps 6 – 15
  15. Best Intolerance Frosting EVER………. well today πŸ˜‚

  16. Variety of Tips Wilton 1M, 2B, 8,21,12,32
  17. Colours to Suit ……Have fun and enjoy !!

So there you go, its not as complex as it looks!!

Yes I’ve gone overboard with the decoration but it was a style I’ve seen and been wanting to try……and I’m pleased I pushed myself to achieve it. It turned out far better than imagined and will be featuring on an Afternoon Valentine at the Wellbeing Lounge for takeout on the appropriate weekend πŸ˜‚

We obviously did Valentines Day early in The Cauldron πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I don’t need to repeat it ……actually I’m on nights πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Lets give you some more pics and get you in the mood for LURRRRVEπŸ˜œπŸ˜πŸ˜‚

Lets Start with the Ermine 😍😍😍
So so appropriately blinged 😜😜
But you really want some crumbporn !!!
Cake for 2 😍😍
There will be NO dry cake in The Cauldron !!! Look at that !!!
Just a nibble !!!😜😜😜

Hope you enjoyed my Cake of LURRRRVE …..Red Velvet for the win !!!

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Until next week……..Bye for now πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Author: clarescauldron

UK first time blogger. Intolerance baking is my passion. Hobbiest but a tad obsessedπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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