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    Help - Red Velvet Cake Recipe Needed

    Hi People, can I ask for help please.

    Does anyone's restaurant (or does any gifted home chef) have an awesome red velvet cake recipe that you don't mind sharing with me? I need it for a special occasion, and it isn't a local thing.

    Any help at all will be massively appreciated. Thanks!

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    Sorry, no recipe, but YUCK!

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    Senior Member goodchef1's Avatar
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    i found this for you, it's debatable on whether or not this is the "original" but I have to go along with jheis on this one.

    1/2 c. shortening
    1 1/2 c. sugar
    2 eggs
    2 oz. red food coloring (2 - 1 oz. bottles)
    1 tsp. cocoa
    1 tsp. baking soda
    2 1/2 c. flour
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 tsp. vinegar
    1 c. buttermilk

    Cream sugar, eggs, and shortening. Make a paste of food coloring and cocoa. Add to mixture; add flour with salt alternately with buttermilk. Add vanilla. Last of all fold in vinegar and baking soda mixture.

    Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes in 2 (9-inch) pans. (For a nice Valentine's Day treat, bake in heart shaped pans.)


    1 stick butter
    1/2 c. Crisco
    1 c. milk
    1 c. confectioners sugar
    2 tbsp. flour
    1 tsp. vanilla

    Cook flour with milk until thick; cool. Cream sugar, butter, shortening and vanilla with mixture for 10 minutes (until light and fluffy). Blend in cool flour and milk mixture. Frost cake and decorate as able.

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't red velvet cake just chocolate cake dyed red?

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    Senior Member goodchef1's Avatar
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    In a nutshell, Yes. But for arguments sake, I would have to say the difference being the amount of cocoa or chocolate in the mix, baking soda/powder, and the addition of red food coloring which may turn some people off because of its perceived or real health hazards. Originally, I believe the red coloring was made with beets, which in turn gave it a velvet texture,hence the name.

    I guess it's a mental thing to some, like green ketchup, or purple sauces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johndoughy View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't red velvet cake just chocolate cake dyed red?
    No it is not. It is a variation on devil's food. The reaction between the alkali in the dutch process cocoa powder and the baking soda produces a red tinge to the cake, which people have chosen to accentuate with red food coloring. As for a recipe I am told that martha stewart has a few good ones, also I am told to find a recipe that uses oil, it will react better with the food coloring. Sorry but my girl will not share her recipe with me so I'm not even gonna ask if I can post it here.

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    No worries, as for the yuck part... hmm this is my first attempt. It's gotta be done right for a friend, so not judging Thanks for the tips guys

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    Das HandleMeister apicius9's Avatar
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    Why would anyone make Red Velvet cake when they could make a Black Forest cake?

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    Why all the hate for Red Velvet cake? Personally, I like it.


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    Haven't tried it myself, but here's Cook's Country/America's Test Kitchen take on it: Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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