What am I talking about? Red Velvet of course. Velvet in any shade as a garment went out of fashion as soon as everyone realised it was just about as flattering as shiny lycra. *Ahem*, I loved velvet in the 90's. I once, and only once, bought a rather form-fitting midnight blue velvet dress from Oasis/Warehouse/something like that. My god, looking back at the pictures - why didn't anyone tell me I looked like a seal!!! Actually, hand me some chopsticks and I could've passed for a walrus! Anyway, back to the cake. I first had Red Velvet cake in an overpriced bakery in Notting Hill back in 2004. (If you have trouble looking for the shop, look out for yummy mummies tripping over themselves to buy GBP1.30 cupcakes.) My sister was raving on and on about it so I had to try it. I didn't really see what the big deal was. I mean the colour provided shock factor and the creamy white icing was a starck contrast, strip away the slightly Christmasy feel and you'll be left with a weak tasting fluffy chocolate sponge with lots of colouring! Hunky baulked at the hefty price of GBP5.95 per slice. He refused to try it on principle that he was buying into that whole "Notting Hill bullshit". Well, more for me! It was a nice enough cake and the slice lasted three days. I like to average out the cost! Nah, I just couldn't bring myself to eat so much colouring at one go. Whether natural or otherwise.
Anyway, if you would like to try this cake for yourself, you don't need to go to Notting Hill. At a fraction of the price, you may now enjoy a gorgeous red velvet cake (with cream cheese frosting) at Heavenly Pleasures. And while you are there, you might want to pick up some Christmas goodies. I love the stollen. There are cookies and mince pies, they even have panettone which is basically the Italian's version of Christmas pudding minus the stodginess. Go check it out!
Panettone - fresh from the oven!
Heavenly Pleasures is located at Plaza Damansara. For more details visit Just Heavenly