To make a long story short: it went horrifically wrong.
However hard I tried I could not create that stunning scarlet colour, and the flavour was one of musty stodgy chocolate, not the light, fluffy sponge of the Hummingbird Bakery version.
Not being one to take defeat well, obviously I resolved never to attempt to make it again.
Until, that is, a recent 'Auction of Promises' at college - for which I promised a homemade cake of the highest bidders choice to be delivered in the first day of Trinity Term.
And, woe and behold; the winner chose red velvet cake.
So, my Easter Vac has been spent trying to perfect this challenging recipe, the results of which have been encouraging!
I've been experimenting with different recipes; the one photographed above was Rachel Allen's with a cream cheese frosting. It was successful, however nothing can beat the Hummingbird's recipe itself. The cake is due to be delivered in 0th Week (Oxford language for "the week before term starts"), so i'll dedicate a post to the results soon!
UPDATE: The final recipe can be found HERE!