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!


  1. Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy says:

    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 :(

  2. Anna Johnston says:

    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.

  3. Apu says:

    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!!

  4. Soma says:

    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.

  5. Sarah-Jane - says:

    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

  6. Tamanna says:

    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

  7. Pavithra says:

    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 …

  8. Ushnish Ghosh says:

    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

  9. Afsal_ Alif says:

    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.

  10. Sharon says:

    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!

  11. Alessandra says:

    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!



  12. Indie.Tea says:

    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 :)

  13. vegetarianirvana says:

    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.

  14. Swapna says:

    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!

  15. Deeba PAB says:

    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!!

  16. MaryMoh says:

    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 😀 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! 😀 Happy Holidays!

  17. Devaki says:

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

    Wishing you the most glorious New Year!

    Chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  18. Couscous & Consciousness says:

    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

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