Frosting For Red Velvet Cake?

Decorating By suedepp Updated 7 Jun 2010 , 1:56pm by homebaker12

suedepp Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 4:31am
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Hi
I have been asked to make a red velvet cake for next weekend. I will be using a red velvet boxed cake mix. I am wondering what kind of frosting to use for it? Is a cream cheese frosting usually used, or is buttercream a good choice? I have no idea! Thanks in advance for any advice/suggestions.

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LeckieAnne Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 4:49am
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Definitely cream cheese, though I've never made a box mix red velvet. I use cake man raven's recipe - it's really great. There's even a recipe for the frosting: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sara-moulton/southern-red-velvet-cake-recipe/index.html

mamawrobin Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 4:55am
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The traditional Red Velvet Cake icing is the best and it isn't cream cheese. thumbs_up.gif

ramie7224 Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 5:05am
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I'm a southern gal with a Christmas birthday so I've seen a fair share of red velvet cakes and IMO there is no other way to go but cream cheese! I like them with a handful or two of toasted, chopped pecans between the layers, too.

mamawrobin Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 5:11am
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I'm a southern girl as well and I just prefer the traditional icing. I'm not crazy about cream cheese icing but my daughter insist on it for her cakes.
I also have a Christmas birthday. Well, two days after Christmas and more than not that was the cake that I got for my birthday. It was my grandmother's recipe and she always made my cake. Probably why it's what I like the best on my red velvet. thumbs_up.gif

leily Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 5:11am
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My favorite (and family favorite too) is the Mary Kay Icing (it's in the recipe section here on CC) There are a lot of people that use cream cheese icing, but to me it's just not the same.

JanH Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 5:15am
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As you can see, RVC fans can be pretty definite in what type of icing they like.

Perhaps you should ask your RVC recipient which type they prefer.

Here are some popular CC recipes for doctored RVC, cream cheese and cooked (Mary Kay) type icings:

http://cakecentral.com/recipes/7573/red-velvet-redux-easy-durable

http://cakecentral.com/recipes/2047/crusting-cream-cheese-icing

http://cakecentral.com/recipes/6817/wedding-crusting-cream-cheese-frosting

http://cakecentral.com/recipes/7376/mary-kay-icing

HTH

suedepp Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 5:21am
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Originally Posted by mamawrobin

The traditional Red Velvet Cake icing is the best and it isn't cream cheese. thumbs_up.gif




Thank you to all who have responded!

Could you please answer this: what is "the traditional red velvet cake icing"?

mamawrobin Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 5:24am
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It's a cooked icing made with sugar, flour, milk, butter and vanilla.

leily Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 8:20pm
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Originally Posted by mamawrobin

It's a cooked icing made with sugar, flour, milk, butter and vanilla.




sometimes referred to as Mary kay Icing too icon_smile.gif But yeah/

kristieanna Posted 6 Jun 2010 , 3:21am
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I suppose either cream cheese or vanilla would work well. In the area where I grew up in Georgia, cream cheese was the traditional frosting to use. Yum!

suedepp Posted 6 Jun 2010 , 3:37am
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Originally Posted by leily

Quote:
Originally Posted by mamawrobin

It's a cooked icing made with sugar, flour, milk, butter and vanilla.



sometimes referred to as Mary kay Icing too icon_smile.gif But yeah/




OK, thanks so much for that info. I know this recipe. The cake I am making is a graduation cake and I will want to decorate it. I'm not sure if this Mary Kay Icing can be used as anything other than frosting though - no borders and such, right? Does anyone know if fondant can be combined with this recipe (i.e. if I cut stripes and letters out of fondant and apply to the iced cake?)

homebaker12 Posted 6 Jun 2010 , 3:55am
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Just curious since we are talking about RVC, if there is a good crusting cream cheese icing??

JanH Posted 6 Jun 2010 , 3:59am
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Originally Posted by homebaker12

Just curious since we are talking about RVC, if there is a good crusting cream cheese icing??




Yes, and I posted them. icon_smile.gif

sberryp Posted 6 Jun 2010 , 6:32pm
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I would use the cream cheese icing. I am also from the south and all my aunt used was cream cheese icing. It taste great! Plus that's what cake man raven use.

mamawrobin Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 3:23am
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Originally Posted by suedepp

Quote:
Originally Posted by leily

Quote:
Originally Posted by mamawrobin

It's a cooked icing made with sugar, flour, milk, butter and vanilla.



sometimes referred to as Mary kay Icing too icon_smile.gif But yeah/



OK, thanks so much for that info. I know this recipe. The cake I am making is a graduation cake and I will want to decorate it. I'm not sure if this Mary Kay Icing can be used as anything other than frosting though - no borders and such, right? Does anyone know if fondant can be combined with this recipe (i.e. if I cut stripes and letters out of fondant and apply to the iced cake?)




I read on another thread on cc today that someone said you could pipe this icing and decorate with it. Of course it isn't a crusting icing. I don't know about the fondant applications though maybe someone that does will see your post. thumbs_up.gif

KitchenKat Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 11:30am
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Yep. You can pipe and decorate with it, even make roses. The recipe that I used, which I found here

http://www.ourbestbites.com/2008/09/perfect-cupcake-frosting-and-filling.html

can be left overnight at room temp.

homebaker12 Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 1:56pm
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Thank you so much......I must have missed them the first time icon_wink.gif

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