RED VELVET POKE CAKE

Red velvet cake is infused with sweetened condensed milk and topped with the best cream cheese frosting. A must for Valentine's Day!

RED VELVET POKE CAKE

INGREDIENTS:
FOR THE CAKE:
  1.  8tablespoonsunsalted butter, at room temperature
  2.  1½cupsgranulated sugar
  3.  2eggs
  4.  5tablespoonsunsweetened cocoa powder
  5.  6tablespoonsred food coloring
  6.  1teaspoonvanilla extract
  7.  1cupbuttermilk
  8.  2¼cupsall-purpose flour
  9.  1teaspoonsalt
  10.  1teaspoonbaking soda
  11.  1tablespoondistilled white vinegar
  12.  14ouncecan sweetened condensed milk

FOR THE FROSTING:
  1.  1cupsalted butter, at room temperature
  2.  8ouncescream cheese(at room temperature)
  3.  3½ cupspowdered sugar
  4.  2tablespoonsvanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:
Make the Cake
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  • On medium-high speed, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to high and add the eggs. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.
  • In a separate small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and red food coloring to make a thick paste. Add to the batter and mix on medium speed until completely combined. You may need to stop the mixer to scrape the bottom of the bowl, making sure that all the batter gets color.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add half of the buttermilk. Add half of the flour and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour. Beat on high until smooth, about 1 minute.
  • Again, reduce the mixer speed to low and add the salt, baking soda and vinegar. Turn to high and beat for another 2 minutes until completely combined and smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, smoothing the top into an even layer with a spatula. Bake until a thin knife or skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and immediately poke holes all over the top of the cake. You can use the end of a wooden spoon, a skewer, the tines of a fork, etc. Slowly pour the can of condensed milk all over the top of the cake, making sure to drizzle it evenly all over the top. If it pools along the edges, use a spoon to scoop it up and redistribute it on top. Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting and decorating.
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