Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Love at First Bite, Red Velvet Cupcake, excerpt from Twilight Cookbook

Red Velvet Cake

4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 ounce liquid red food coloring
3/4 cup water
1 yellow cake mix, with pudding in the mix
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon butter
4 tablespoons buttermilk
1 tablespoon white vinegar

Directions: Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, mix cocoa powder, red food coloring, and part of the water to form a paste. Next, add all of the other ingredients except the white vinegar. Blend for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes with a mixer on medium speed. Then add the vinegar and mix with a spatula. Pour the batter into a bunt or round cake pan, and bake for approximately 35 minutes. This recipe can be made into cupcakes as well.

Adorn each cupcake or the entire Red Velvet Cake with various miniature die-cast Cullen cars, such as Carlisle’s Mercedes S55 AMG, Rosalie’s red BMW M3, Edward’s silver Volvo S60R, Alice’s yellow Porsche 911 Turbo, or Emmett’s Jeep Wrangler. A replica of Bella’s red Chevy pickup truck could also be added.

First Love Chocolate Mousse Recipe

First Love Chocolate Mousse

8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons strong coffee
2 tablespoons orange extract
1 egg yolk
2 egg whites
A pinch of salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream (or 1/2 carton of cool whip)

Directions: Melt the chocolate, with coffee added, over low heat. Remove from heat and add first the orange extract and then the egg yolk, stirring till the mixture is smooth. In another bowl, beat the egg whites and salt; add the sugar and beat with an electric mixture until stiff peaks form. Lastly, whip the cream until it is stiff; fold into the egg whites. Fold egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture. Place in the refrigerator, and chill until ready to serve.