Tweeking A Red Velvet Mix To Taste Homemade

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Ponygirl1 Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 2:51pm
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I'm in a rush and I'm making a RV from a mix, but feel like I just HAVE to make it better...what can I do?.. Sub melted butter for the oil called for?..add additional cocoa,..add cream cheese or sour cream?..
I'm not torting, carving, etc....just a layer cake and will be using my homemade Cream Cheese frosting...ANY proven suggestions will be most appreciated! Thanks you guys!

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kansaslaura Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 3:11pm
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I don't care for the DHines Red Velvet--but if I were to tweak it, I'd use the usual cake doctoring recipe--add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 cup sour cream, 1 additional egg, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/3 tsp salt--and 1/3 cocoa wouldn't hurt either, and 1/2 pkg instant pudding.

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aggiechef Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 3:26pm
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I know this sounds a little strange, but I always add 1 tsp of almond extract to my RV cake mix. I use DH mixes and that hint of almond flavor gives it a homemade.

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mamawrobin Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 3:38pm
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I don't care for the DHines Red Velvet--but if I were to tweak it, I'd use the usual cake doctoring recipe--add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 cup sour cream, 1 additional egg, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/3 tsp salt--and 1/3 cocoa wouldn't hurt either, and 1/2 pkg instant pudding.




The last time I made one this is exactly what I did and the lady that I made it for raved about it...

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ncox Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 3:43pm
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I use a DH Butter mix, use buttermilk instead of water, add a 1 oz. bottle red food color and 2/3 cup cocoa powder, 3 eggs, 1 stick of butter. Mix together then add 1 tsp of white vinegar. Everyone loves it! Good Luck!

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sweet_teeth Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 3:57pm
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I don't care for the DHines Red Velvet--but if I were to tweak it, I'd use the usual cake doctoring recipe--add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 cup sour cream, 1 additional egg, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/3 tsp salt--and 1/3 cocoa wouldn't hurt either, and 1/2 pkg instant pudding.




1/3 cup cocoa!?! Thats a lot considering the RV cake already has chocolate flavor to it and the traditional RV has from a teaspoon to 1 -2 tablespoons of cocoa. Some people put more but 1/3 cup is a lot.

I would doctor it using the WASC formula or the one that kansalaura posted above except to use buttermilk instead of the sour cream since RV is made w/ buttermilk. They are both acidic and are great substitutes for each other.

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Ponygirl1 Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 4:33pm
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Oh my goodness..thanks so much everyone! So many ideas..why am I not surprised! Your always so helpful! thumbs_up.gif

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vww104 Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 7:25pm
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If you want to keep it super simple just sub whole milk for the water and add 2 tsp of vanilla.

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KrissieCakes Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 8:15pm
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add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 cup sour cream, 1 additional egg, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/3 tsp salt--and 1/3 cocoa wouldn't hurt either, and 1/2 pkg instant pudding.




If you're going to add all that stuff anyway, why not just make it from scratch? There's really only 2 or 3 more ingredients to add after that! Here's a really good recipe that I love - moist, delicious, very traditional red velvet....says it is for cupcakes, but it works very well for two 8" layers as well....

http://blog.pinkcakebox.com/recipes

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TexasSugar Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 10:32pm
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I use buttermilk in place of the water, add an extra egg and a package of pudding to the cake mix.

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AngieB1976 Posted 8 Nov 2014 , 3:10pm
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AChocolate instant pudding mix?

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shaloop Posted 10 Nov 2014 , 2:12pm
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I was thinking the same thing! Thats almost a homemade cake plus a mix!

If you're going to add all that stuff anyway, why not just make it from scratch? There's really only 2 or 3 more ingredients to add after that! Here's a really good recipe that I love - moist, delicious, very traditional red velvet....says it is for cupcakes, but it works very well for two 8" layers as well....

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