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ShamikaMH 04-01-2012 09:16 PM

Red Velvet
 
Does anyone have any good red velvet cake/cupcake recipes?? I'm tired of using the same one over and over!


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The New Black 04-02-2012 12:16 PM

I love this one: Southern Red Velvet Cake Recipe : : Food Network

coilynapp 04-02-2012 03:18 PM

Red velvet cake is not red velvet cake without a lot of chocolate and espresso! Otherwise, you just have a regular cake with red dye (which imo tastes bleh)

CEimB Mocha Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake Recipe | Guilty Kitchen

tae082 04-09-2012 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by coilynapp (Post 1923139)
Red velvet cake is not red velvet cake without a lot of chocolate and espresso! Otherwise, you just have a regular cake with red dye (which imo tastes bleh)

CEimB Mocha Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake Recipe | Guilty Kitchen

Red Velvet cake is NOT a chocolate cake or a mocha cake. Also you do not need to use dye you can use beets. Also from what I have read back in the day the color came from a chemical reaction in the ingredients.

http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/09/red-velvet-cake/

Naturalbeauty81 04-09-2012 08:53 PM

Someone is confused about what a Red Velvet cake is, the base of the cake is make with cocoa powder. Does that make it a chocolate cake, I guess we could argue our cases. But nevertheless it is a cake with cocoa powder

Saria 04-09-2012 10:09 PM

Red velvet is not going to vary much. It's a buttermilk-flavored cake that is more about red color and damp crumb (because it's oil-based) than a real discernible flavor outside of that buttermilk and vinegar tang. As it is now, it contains a negligible amount of cocoa powder.
Everyone here knows I pretty much hate red velvet, so I think if you want a more chocolatey cake, just make a devil's food cake and forget RVC.
Or make this:

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2...ke-recipe.html

Or this:
http://www.gilttaste.com/stories/2292-the-original-red-wine-velvet-cake-recipe

tae082 04-09-2012 10:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Naturalbeauty81 (Post 1927919)
Someone is confused about what a Red Velvet cake is, the base of the cake is make with cocoa powder. Does that make it a chocolate cake, I guess we could argue our cases. But nevertheless it is a cake with cocoa powder

I'm a pastry chef and I am not confused.

Saria I knew you would find a good recipe AND it has beets. I looooove Serious eats. I always find great things there.

Saria 04-09-2012 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by tae082 (Post 1927990)
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Originally Posted by Naturalbeauty81 (Post 1927919)
Someone is confused about what a Red Velvet cake is, the base of the cake is make with cocoa powder. Does that make it a chocolate cake, I guess we could argue our cases. But nevertheless it is a cake with cocoa powder

I'm a pastry chef and I am not confused.

Saria I knew you would find a good recipe AND it has beets. I looooove Serious eats. I always find great things there.

Hey tae! :hello1:
I also added the link to Stella Parks' version where she delves into how it started out. Pretty interesting!

tae082 04-09-2012 10:39 PM

Thanks that recipe looks good. I did read some of the comments though and it seems it doesn't have a reddish hue but adding a bit of beet puree should do the trick. I'm going to add that to my list of must tries. Are you still in Ny? I am back in DC.

Saria 04-09-2012 10:46 PM

Yep, still here.
I don't care too much about the red color, and if people want it, I just give them their food coloring. I'm pretty sure our pastry chef will flat-out refuse red velvet requests he hates it that much. :p

tae082 04-09-2012 11:02 PM

I like them just not the kind with a gallon of food coloring. One of the places I worked at we served it broken up on top of a chocolate panna cotta with some rum gelees. Here is a small version minus the gelees.

Dessert at Bourbon Steak | Cupcakes for Breakfast

coilynapp 04-10-2012 01:50 AM

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Originally Posted by tae082 (Post 1927909)
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Originally Posted by coilynapp (Post 1923139)
Red velvet cake is not red velvet cake without a lot of chocolate and espresso! Otherwise, you just have a regular cake with red dye (which imo tastes bleh)

CEimB Mocha Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake Recipe | Guilty Kitchen

Red Velvet cake is NOT a chocolate cake or a mocha cake. Also you do not need to use dye you can use beets. Also from what I have read back in the day the color came from a chemical reaction in the ingredients.

http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/09/red-velvet-cake/

Ummm, ok. No need to "school" me tae. LOL. I don't care if you are a pastry chef, the BEST red velvet cake I've ever had was a mocha red velvet cake from King Fish Cafe (a Southern food restaurant in Seattle). Hands down! Therein lies my opinion regarding cocoa and espresso. It doesn't taste like a chocolate or an espresso cake (i.e., in a blind taste, I wouldn't say it was either), but you can pick out these flavours and it's just yumminess!! I personally don't love, nor have I used those specific recipes that I posted, but they are the one's I could find since I wasn't at home.

From your link:

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Some red velvet cakes have no cocoa, others have up to half a cup. The less cocoa, the brighter the red, and the less food dye is needed to give it the desired hue

I did not say it was a chocolate or mocha cake, just that it had cocoa and espresso, which IMO give it a unique twist.

Most RV cakes I've seen are just a regular cake with red dye. I am a baker too and have been baking with my mum since I was 5 so I know a thing or two about baking. And yes, red dye is not necessary because of the reaction between cocoa powder and acid in the cake (usually vinegar or buttermilk). Red dye makes the cake more exciting imo. Red dye can be synthetic or natural, you just have to choose what you want.

Anyway, OP, I like this one. The texture looks similar to my favorite one, but I don't use the beets, just natural food coloring

All Natural Red Velvet Cake | sophistimom

You can use natural red dye if you want to (usually made from beets and other red/pink veggies). This one is made from beets and carrots and it is concentrated so you use less.

Natural Red Liquid Color 2 oz - $11.95 : Chocolate Craft Kits - Natural vegetable color, healthy food color, natural cake decorating, colored modeling chocolate, chocolate clay, natural food colors, natural cake decoration, natural sprinkles, sparkle




There's more than one way to make many things and people prefer different tastes

tae082 04-10-2012 08:39 AM

I wasn't trying to school you. You said the cake is not RV without a lot of chocolate (Cocoa) and espresso but there are limits. No matter how you slice and dice it there is a limit before you cross into a chocolate cake or Mocha cake that is just dyed red. I know there is cocoa in the cake. I've made more RV than most make in a life time. You can think what you want and call it what you want, I've seen worse. This is going to sound hella snarky but Idk how to not make it so, I'm not trying to be mean. When it comes to food I just know better than most but it is my job to do so and why I went to school. My response about being a chef was more to the person saying I was confused about what the cake is. I know there are more than one way to cook something. Trust me I know that. Anyway when it comes to cooking I'm a bit of a snob... I'm sorry.

coilynapp 04-10-2012 11:34 AM

^^I know you are a snob when it comes to food because you are a chef. Usually people are snobby in the thing of which they are an expert. No worries! And no need to say sorry about it. I get it.

The devils food cake I make only calls for 1/2 cup of cocoa (I add more :lol: ). And I've seen RV recipes that call for that much. It's (DF) quite a different recipe from my RV though.

Do you have a favorite RV recipe that you like to make?


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