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What’s the Dish? Jessica’s Red Velvet Cake

Welcome to this month’s Dish – a segment where we feature an employee and their all time favorite “Dine In” and “Dine Out” choices! This month, we feature Jessica Walters.

A Little Bit About Jessica

Jessica Walters works as a Business Development Specialist for ClearPath Benefits. Prior to joining the ClearPath team she worked in business development for about a year. She attended Ohio University as an undergrad and graduated in 2016.

Jessica’s hobbies include playing music and hiking in the great outdoors. In her free time Jessica loves to get involved in her community and volunteer at the SeriousFun Network.


Grandma’s Red Velvet Cake



For the cake batter:
For the Frosting:



Betty Crocker


Special equipment: 12 by 17-inch jelly roll pan, parchment paper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar, until light and fluffy. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, make a paste out of the red food coloring, cocoa and salt. Remove bowl from stand mixer and mix in paste by hand to the creamed butter. In a measuring cup, stir eggs with buttermilk and add to batter. Mix in vinegar and vanilla, and then add flour and baking soda. Mix until combined but do not over mix.

Butter a sheet pan. Lay parchment on top. Butter the parchment. Pour batter into pan and smooth the top to even the batter out, using an offset spatula. Bake cake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pan.

Meanwhile, make the frosting: Heat all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Whisk until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before using.

Invert cake onto a cutting board and slice into quarters from the longer side. To assemble cake, spread 1 of the quarters with some of the frosting to cover. Sprinkle with a quarter of the pecans. Add another layer of cake and repeat. Continue until last layer is added. Frost the top of that and sprinkle with remaining pecans.

This recipe is from Food Network, and you can view it here.

When It’s a Good Time to Go Out

Jessica’s favorite dine out choice is Balboa in Columbus, OH.

Balboa is inspired by the chill vibes you find in Southern California, relaxed, colorful, and fun. Our guests will never feel rushed, so pull up extra chairs and enjoy the creative menu offerings.

Balboa is rated 3.5 stars on Trip Advisor. You can visit Balboa’s website here.



Thanks for joining us for this month’s Dish! Be sure to come back next month for another delicious recipe and dine out choice. Have a great day!