What is red velvet cake?

Red Velvet cake is traditionally a red, red-brown, or “mahogany” or “maroon” colored non-Dutched Cocoa, layer cake, layered with white cream cheese icing or Ermine frosting (sometimes called “cooked roux” frosting). The cake is commonly served on Christmas or Valentine’s Day. Common modern red velvet cake is made with red dye, however, the red color was originally due to non-Dutched anthocyanin-rich cocoa. Common ingredients include: buttermilk, butter, cocoa, vinegar, and flour for the cake; beetroot or red food coloring for the color. Wikipedia

Red Velvet Cake is by far my most favorite dessert. Not everyone can make a good red velvet cake. For me, I know it to be a good red velvet when the color is more maroon than red. If the cake is overly red I do not even try it.

The best red velvet I have ever had was my own wedding cake. To my horror, the baker left town and I have never heard from her again. I was so obsessed with her red velvet that I simply would order small cakes from her just to keep in my fridge to have a slice once a night and to share with family.

Currently, I am on the hunt for the best red velvet cake out there. Do you think you have that recipe or know a cake shop that has a wonderful cake? Let me know! In the meantime, let’s try out these recipes to see if one of them could be the best!

1. Red Velvet Cupcakes by Hunger Thirst Play


 2. All Natural Red Velvet Cake by Little House Living

3. Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting by The Baking Fairy

4. Red Velvet Cake with Blackberry Cream Cheese Frosting by Grandbaby Cakes

5. Red Velvet Bread by 3 Boys and a Dog

6. Valentine Red Velvet Cupcakes by All She Cooks

7. Red Velvet Puffed Pancake by Dinner at the Zoo

8. Red Velvet Dragonscale Cake by Liv for Cake



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