(Closed) Whats the deal with Red Velvet Cake?

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 32
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Worker bee

It is actually a chocolate cake. My Grandma said that the red used to be a chemical reaction in the coco. 

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m a fan of red velvet too and am not technically from the south. It’s not quite as chocolatety as regular chocolate cake and it’s usually a little denser. And having made it quite a few times, there is definitely alot of food coloring, but more on the order of 1-2 tablespoons per cake/batch. That’s a lot more food coloring than you would normally use for most things, but nowhere near 2 teaspoons per serving.

ETA: I also love cream cheese frosting and one of our cakes will be red velvet with cream cheese frosting, but I have to disagree with someone about the filling. We chose (one with an amaretto and raspberry buttercream fillingbut still cream cheese frosting on top) and it was delicious. It really made it stand out as not your typical red velvet cake.

Post # 34
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I didn’t even know what red velvet cake was until 8 years ago, when we were still buying cake mix. We meant to grab the chocolate cake mix, but brought home the red velvet instead. We had no idea what it was, and we were totally grossed out by the coloring of it on the picture of the box so we exchanged it. I have tasted red velvet cake, and I still don’t get it. It does not taste good at all – it’s barely even chocolate, and there is way too much red dye in it. Cream cheese frosting is good and all, but I’d rather have it on carrot cake. 

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@FutureKMM

Yes, cream cheese frosting belongs on carrot cake in my world and that’s what we had for our wedding cake.

 

Post # 36
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Sugar bee

I was born, raised and still live in the south. I eat it, but it’s not my go to. I like chocolate more. 🙂

I DO see it becoming popular in other places. I bet it’s not the same. I had a red velvet cupcake from Starbucks. I knew getting it, it wouldn’t be goodl ike my aunt makes, but I decided to be dumb anyway. WORST red velvet ever!

One thing about red velvet. Not EVERYONE can make a good red velvet cake!

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

It’s funny because just recently I have become the hugest fan of red velvet cakes.  I don’t think it’s super popular up here but it is delicious with the frosting!!  I want to say it used to be made with beet juice to make it red but I’m not positive.  I think it is more popular down south.  Just a side note-we had red velvet cupcakes for our True Blood premiere LOL

Post # 38
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Busy bee

Red Velvet cake is actually not southern at all-It was invented at the Waldorf Astoria.

It is generally a cake with a small amount of cocoa, red food coloring and buttermilk. The chocolate taste is usually pretty subtle. You can buy natural food colorings if you don’t want to make your own.

Post # 39
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Bumble Beekeeper

@futuremominlaw: That is totally false. You should fact-check things. There was a brief scare in the 1970s about red food coloring but it was found to be completely safe. Red Velvet cake does not cause cancer, neither does red food coloring. If it did, it would have warning labels like cigarettes.

The deal with red velvet is that its DELICIOUS. lol. Our top tier is RV.

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It’s DELISH!!!!!!!!!  🙂

We’re doing top and bottom layer as butter-pound cake with fresh strawberries and the middle layer is Vanilla white chocolate with Godiva. mmmmm!

Post # 41
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Oh yeah, it’s definitely a southern thing!  My fiance said we HAD to have red velvet cake and I agree because it’s AMAZING!!!!

Post # 42
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It may be a southern thing, but this northern gal and her groom love it! We did choose almond and chocolate for the wedding, but red velvet will be a first anniversary cake. =-)

Post # 43
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Busy bee

red velvet cake=yum! i love it. but the red dye has been getting to me lately so I can only have tiny pieces at a time. But what would i do for a great piece of red velvet cake with the best cream cheese frosting there is.

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It’s a pretty big thing in the South. I love it. I’ve made red velvet cake and red velvet cupcakes. My fiance and I love it so much that the top and bottom tiers of our wedding cake are red velvet. Mmmm, now I want some….

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@MarzipanMrs.: its probably because usually in shops that dont know how to make red velvet they just throw food coloring in a plain vanilla or yellow cake to make it LOOK like red velvet. they do it alot in places other than the south.

when you have had a REAL red velvet you can taste a difference. its fluffy but not, creamy but not, chocoolatey but not… its just PERFECTION. and yes the frosting is awesome too, but for me the cake is the BEST CAKE EVER.

but has to be made right.

anyone attempting to make it at home by the way – use paula deen’s recipe – its practically how my granny used to make it, but she used beets instead and upped the cocoa to compensate for the flavor. whatever you do dont use martha stewarts recipe. i had a friend do that for my birthday because she knew it was my fav and i didnt have the heart to tell her you dont go to a woman from Connecticut to get a recipe for red velvet cake LOL it was HORRID.

but done right, so so so sososososososo good.

Post # 46
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@vttp926: go all natural with beets! 🙂

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