(Closed) What is ‘Red Velvet’, anyway?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I always thought it was a chocolate cake that used beetroot extract (or something like that) for its colour

Post # 5
46421 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s basically a chocolate cake with a LOT of red food coloring added.

The reddish brown color was originally a reaction between the cocoa powder and buttermilk, but over time, red coloring was added to emphasize the red color.


Post # 6
4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Red- chocolate cake… The only difference: you poo RED.

Post # 7
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

ingredients from the Cake Boss

Red Velvet Cake

This “Cake Boss” recipe is from a Food Network Challenge “Surprise Birthday Cakes” episode.


stick butter, room temperature, plus more for pans

cake flour



vanilla extract

large eggs, room temperature

unsweetened cocoa powder



baking soda

red food coloring

****It’s simple isn’t it?

Post # 8
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012




Post # 9
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I definitely know it’s delicious. 🙂

Post # 12
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@vmec:  That is so true. I made a red velvet cake for Valentine’s and it was like I had Valentine’s Day themed poop for 2 days.

Post # 14
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I hesitate to call it chocolate cake, based on the fact that it has SO LITTLE cocoa in it (about 1/4 of what you’d use for a real chocolate cake), but it is supposed to have a chocolate taste to it, yes.

Post # 15
4485 posts
Honey bee

It’s something that no two people can ever agree on what exactly it is or how to make it. Typically, it’s a chocolate cake base, although some places make with a white cake base and add a tiny bit of cocoa which is very rare. It is dyed with red food coloring to give it the deep red color, and filled and topped with cream cheese icing. It tastes like a devil’s food cake since that is the main ingredient. Beets are traditional for the coloring but hardly anyone uses them anymore, since they prefer food coloring instead.  

Post # 16
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

And the beat part is the cream cheese icing!

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