camomama5 Posted 8 Nov 2013 , 5:13pm

What is your very favorite, hands-down winner, knock-your-socks-off red velvet cake recipe (if you don't mind sharing this) And same question for lemon cake. Thank you guys!!!

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AnnieCahill Posted 8 Nov 2013 , 7:06pm

I use the Martha Stewart Red Velvet recipe.  It gets rave reviews every time I make it.  For lemon, just take your favorite white recipe and add the zest of a lemon and use lemon oil or extract to flavor it.  Don't just add juice because it might screw up your recipe.

rjcakes Posted 8 Nov 2013 , 10:11pm

I use the Magnolia Bakery red velvet cake recipe - you can find it on epicurious. Have been using it for years to makes cakes and cupcakes and everyone loves it. For lemon, I do the same as mentioned above - add in lemon zest and lemon oil to a white/yellow cake.

Good luck!

camomama5 Posted 9 Nov 2013 , 1:40am

Thank you both!

Smckinney07 Posted 9 Nov 2013 , 7:10am

Ahttp://www.crumblycookie.net/2009/02/12/red-velvet-cake-comparison/

This compares 4 popular red velvet cake recipes

camomama5 Posted 9 Nov 2013 , 1:58pm

Athank you!

matthewkyrankelly Posted 9 Nov 2013 , 2:25pm

In a lemon cake, the juice is best added after in either a nice glaze or frosting.  If you add the glaze while warm, it will soak in.  Very nice.

cakeyouverymuch Posted 9 Nov 2013 , 4:18pm

For RV I have been using the Lorann RV emulsion with either my vanilla cake recipe (makes two 8 inch layers) or, if I want a taller cake, my white almond recipe (makesthree 8 inch layers).  I use one tablespoon of emulsion and one tablespoon of cocoa powder for each layer.  I add the emulsion to the liquids and stir it in really well, and add the cocoa powder to the dry ingredients and mix as usual.  It's my granddaughter's favorite cake and she says it compares favorably with any RV she's had elsewhere.

 

For lemon cake I use my favorite vanilla cake recipe, and I begin the evening before I'm going to bake (or the morning of if I'm baking in the evening) by zesting two lemons.  I measure the sugar into a ziplock bag and add the zest to it, shake it up, and let it sit till I'm ready to begin baking.  I then proceed as usual, except that I squeeze the lemons and replace up to 1/2 cup of the milk in my recipe with the juice.

 

@ AnnieCahill: I've seen warnings before about adding lemon juice to a cake recipe.  I'm curious as to what exactly it does to screw up a recipe.  I do find that my lemon (and lime, and orange) cake is a tad bit more dense than the vanilla texture wise, but not in a bad way.  I assumed that was due to the souring of the milk with the lemon juice added to it.

Mcakeboutique Posted 9 Nov 2013 , 5:29pm

I also use Magnolia bakery's red velvet its a winner every time. My kids who are incredibly picky love it. I've used the emulsions but I felt there was a weird aftertaste. I have to say though when I tried it I did not add the cocoa so that may make a difference. I also use my usual yellow cake recipe and sub vanilla extract with lemon and add lemon zest as well to convert it to a lemon cake. 

cakeyouverymuch Posted 9 Nov 2013 , 7:43pm

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Originally Posted by Mcakeboutique 
 

I also use Magnolia bakery's red velvet its a winner every time. My kids who are incredibly picky love it. I've used the emulsions but I felt there was a weird aftertaste. I have to say though when I tried it I did not add the cocoa so that may make a difference. I also use my usual yellow cake recipe and sub vanilla extract with lemon and add lemon zest as well to convert it to a lemon cake.

 

I found that with just the emulsion the cake was too pink.  The added cocoa powder makes for a richer color.  I've never noticed an aftertaste, but I'm not a fan of RV at the best of times.  When I want a chocolate cake I want an honest to g chocolate cake where the recipe calls for a whole cup of cocoa powder. lol

camomama5 Posted 11 Nov 2013 , 1:40am

Thank you guys. I did end up trying the Martha Stewart RV recipe and all 3 times it came out dry. I take my cakes out as soon as the knife comes out clean, and my cakes usually ARE DRY. Wish I knew what I was doing wrong!!! I even upped the buttermilk 1/4 c (it calls for 1c. so I used 1and1/4 c) Should I be taking my cakes out before the knife comes out completely clean??

AnnieCahill Posted 11 Nov 2013 , 9:35pm

First, check your oven temperature.  Things could be off.  Second, I always pull my cakes before the toothpick comes out dry.  Mine always have some moist crumbs.  I mean, you can tell the difference between liquid batter and crumbs.  I always check it at least 5 minutes before the lowest bake time. 

AnnieCahill Posted 11 Nov 2013 , 9:36pm

Also about the lemon juice, sometimes the acidity can mess with the recipe.  I've tried it before but it doesn't work in all recipes.  Besides, to me, lemon juice just adds sourness, not a good, true lemon flavor.  That's why I use oil or extract.  If I want more punch, I usually fill my lemon cakes with curd.  It's tangy AND lemony!  :)

camomama5 Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 12:35am

AI got an oven thermometer and would you believe my oven runs 75 degrees hotter??

AnnieCahill Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 1:00am

AI'm not surprised. My mom's oven is 20 years old and runs about 100 degrees over!

Brooks321 Posted 21 Nov 2013 , 10:02pm

For my favorite red velvet cake I use very easy recipe. 

1 c buttermilk 
1 tbsp vinegar  
1 stick butter 
1 nuts optional
1 box powdered sugar 
1 box butter cake mix

8 oz cream cheese
3 eggs 
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp soda 
1 tsp cocoa 

Cream Cheese Icing: cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar.  Mix cocoa with cake mix.  

Stir in buttermilk, vanilla, butter and eggs. Add coloring. Blend. Add soda and vinegar and mix again well. Beat 4 minutes. Bake at 375° for about 30 minutes. 

As for Lemon Cake, I like this recipe http://cookiteasy.net/recipe/lemon-cake-32886.html I use it twice, so I can vouch that the cake will turn out delicious. Just look at the pictures, they look so appetizing! 

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