How Can I Make A Red Velvet Cake Without The Red Bitter Colo

Baking By LuvLyrics Updated 11 Sep 2010 , 2:06pm by deMuralist

LuvLyrics Posted 7 Sep 2010 , 5:13pm
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Hello Everyone!

I am looking for recipes to make a red velvet cake, I tried one already but it tastes bitter b/c of the red coloring. Is there a better brand that other for the color? I wanted to try using beets, following the recipe from Rose's Heavenly cakes, Has anyone tried it before? Can anyone share a good recipe from scratch ?

Thanks for any input on this subject!

Anna

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dchockeyguy Posted 7 Sep 2010 , 5:16pm
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I don't like my red velvet to be bright red, so I just add less color and use a gel color instead of liquid coloring.

Crimsicle Posted 7 Sep 2010 , 5:27pm
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I use McCormick food color. Never noticed a bitterness, but I'm not particularly sensitive to such things, either.

Erin3085 Posted 7 Sep 2010 , 5:52pm
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I make this recipe and this recipe ONLY! It is the only scratch cake recipe of any kind that has ever turned out for me, too. It uses beets and dutch process cocoa. I usually end up using reg cocoa, and add 1/8c less than is called for. It isnt really red-red so much with regular cocoa, but still delish! I also use buttermilk in place of the regular milk, and that started as a mistake...I misread the ingredients when I first made it. icon_wink.gif It's soooooo good. No beet flavor at all, and the most moist cake ever. Huge hit with anyone who has tasted it! HTH. icon_smile.gif

http://coconutlime.blogspot.com/2009/05/cant-beet-red-velvet-cupcakes.html

BlueBurd Posted 7 Sep 2010 , 6:05pm
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I made mine from Hershey's chocolate cake recipe (from the recipe on the cocoa box) and added the no-taste red color from Wilton until it was a dark scarlet color. I followed the regular baking instructions and it came out delish icon_smile.gif

KristyDi Posted 7 Sep 2010 , 6:09pm
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Originally Posted by BlueBurd

I made mine from Hershey's chocolate cake recipe (from the recipe on the cocoa box) and added the no-taste red color from Wilton until it was a dark scarlet color. I followed the regular baking instructions and it came out delish icon_smile.gif




But that's just chocolate cake colored red, not red velvet cake isn't it? Or am I missing something.

gatorcake Posted 7 Sep 2010 , 6:20pm
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Originally Posted by KristyDi

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Originally Posted by BlueBurd

I made mine from Hershey's chocolate cake recipe (from the recipe on the cocoa box) and added the no-taste red color from Wilton until it was a dark scarlet color. I followed the regular baking instructions and it came out delish icon_smile.gif



But that's just chocolate cake colored red, not red velvet cake isn't it? Or am I missing something.




Nope you are spot on. Red Velvet cakes do include a little cocoa powder to assist in coloring (natural cocoa poweder will produce a more reddish crumb). Traditional red velvet cake, however, is not a chocolate cake dyed red.

LuvLyrics Posted 7 Sep 2010 , 8:02pm
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Thanks everyone for sharing !! an to Erin for the link, I have to make it this weekend... I'll let you all know how it came out !

Thanks

deMuralist Posted 7 Sep 2010 , 8:48pm
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I use the red from GFS, and it is redder so I can use less, but it also does not have the bitter flavor that regular food color has, it is also cheaper.

Here is a link to a company that uses only natural ingredients, you may want to give it a shot...

http://www.escofoods.com/redcolor.html

LuvLyrics Posted 8 Sep 2010 , 1:25pm
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Thanks for the link !!! Can you use it to color fondant and icing too ?

Thanks


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Originally Posted by deMuralist

I use the red from GFS, and it is redder so I can use less, but it also does not have the bitter flavor that regular food color has, it is also cheaper.

Here is a link to a company that uses only natural ingredients, you may want to give it a shot...

http://www.escofoods.com/redcolor.html


dreamcakesmom Posted 8 Sep 2010 , 1:41pm
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What is GFS?

deMuralist Posted 11 Sep 2010 , 2:06pm
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Gordon Food Service.

Works in icing, I don't use fondant.

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