What's Red Velvet Supposed To Taste Of??

Decorating By tessholly1 Updated 4 Apr 2014 , 3:13pm by howsweet

tessholly1 Posted 26 Mar 2014 , 1:39pm
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AIv just made my first ever batch of red velvet cupcakes, iv never tried this flavour before myself so don't actually know what they're suppose to taste like. Mine pretty much just taste of vanilla, is that normal?? The recipe I followed was this.. Flour 20oz Sugar 14oz Butter 7oz Cocoa 2oz Oil 1tbsp Vanilla Extract 1tsp Water 8oz Eggs x3 Red Colouring 2tbsp Then you put it all in the bowl together, mix and back for 15 mins. Does anyone have a better recipe or does this sound right??

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leah_s Posted 26 Mar 2014 , 2:51pm
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Doesn't have much flavor at all if you ask me.  But I think it's a horrid cake.

mashy Posted 26 Mar 2014 , 2:59pm
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AI'm with Leah. Not a fan, I think it tastes almost like nothing.

DaLush Posted 26 Mar 2014 , 3:04pm
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Yeah, 

I'm with leah_s!

Lots of people just love red velvet and order it all the time but it's has no flavor just a little cocoa and red food coloring it makes no sense to me.

tessholly1 Posted 26 Mar 2014 , 3:18pm
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AI'm so glad you all said that because that's exactly how they taste!! I assumed because it was so popular that it would be lovely..obviously I was wrong :)

KatieKake Posted 26 Mar 2014 , 3:27pm
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I made my first red velvet cake last summer, and was amazed at the fact it did not really have any real taste, it was the hit flavor at the wedding, she also had white cake, mother of bride said they should have ordered all red velvet. I could not figue it out then and still can't.  It doesn't have a flavor.

SweetTzippy Posted 26 Mar 2014 , 3:35pm
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ATotally agree with Leah! Happy for this post as I thought it was just me not being able to appreciate a "favorite" cake flavor with an attractive name.... at least the typical cream cheese frosting compensates for the lack of flavor.

Norasmom Posted 27 Mar 2014 , 1:30am
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I made a RV cake and I actually thought it was really good.  The cocoa flavor came out nicely in the taste, but I also tasted the note of buttermilk.

That being said, the amount of red food coloring required was repulsive….:-D

CakesbyCherry Posted 27 Mar 2014 , 1:59am
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AIm not big on red velvet either. I think it really has no taste.

Inga1 Posted 27 Mar 2014 , 2:38am
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A tasteless cake, full of artificial coloring. Dark like chocolate, but not a rich chocolate taste at all. In this day and age with so much focus on health, can't imagine why this is so popular.

810whitechoc Posted 27 Mar 2014 , 9:20am
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Totally don't get it, out of all the delicious cakes out there whenever a customer asks for this I have to keep a straight face so they can't tell I'm thinking "Really, you want a red velvet? Why?"

MimiFix Posted 27 Mar 2014 , 4:48pm
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Originally Posted by tessholly1 

Iv just made my first ever batch of red velvet cupcakes, iv never tried this flavour before myself so don't actually know what they're suppose to taste like. Mine pretty much just taste of vanilla, is that normal?? The recipe I followed was this..
Flour 20oz
Sugar 14oz
Butter 7oz
Cocoa 2oz
Oil 1tbsp
Vanilla Extract 1tsp
Water 8oz
Eggs x3
Red Colouring 2tbsp
Then you put it all in the bowl together, mix and back for 15 mins. Does anyone have a better recipe or does this sound right??

 

Red velvet cake should have a subtle, tangy flavor which necessitates buttermilk (or vinegar) which the above recipe lacks; and this recipe has more cocoa than found in traditional RV cakes. 

 

As a cultural aside, we often prefer tastes introduced to us when we're young. So people from the southern US are more likely to prefer this cake.  

 

For ten years I owned a bakery/cafe in central New York. I sold my shop and moved to the southern US, then opened a bakery-sandwich shop. Customers came in looking for RV cakes. I'd never heard about this flavor and did some heavy research and development. I hated every recipe I tried, so eventually I just used my chocolate cake recipe with added red coloring. Customers complained it was nothing more than a chocolate cake with red coloring. But it became one of my best-selling cakes. 

tessholly1 Posted 27 Mar 2014 , 5:35pm
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AOh I see, well I'm from the UK so maybe that's why I'm not so familiar with RV. Is there a recipe you could recommend that maybe includes the buttermilk or vinegar??

Rosegin Posted 27 Mar 2014 , 6:48pm
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Originally Posted by tessholly1 

Oh I see, well I'm from the UK so maybe that's why I'm not so familiar with RV. Is there a recipe you could recommend that maybe includes the buttermilk or vinegar??

The recipe on the Sweetapolita blog is good.  I'm not a red velvet fan, either, as I'm one of those people who can taste food coloring (apparently, not everyone can) and I think it tastes a bit bitter.  

 

Red velvet is, however, my most requested flavor.

MimiFix Posted 27 Mar 2014 , 7:37pm
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Originally Posted by tessholly1 

Oh I see, well I'm from the UK so maybe that's why I'm not so familiar with RV. Is there a recipe you could recommend that maybe includes the buttermilk or vinegar??

 

Hi tessholly1, I think cream cheese icing is the biggest appeal to those of us who are not southerners... I looked over these recipes, but I've not tried them. Let us know if you like any. 

 

Waldorf Astoria Red Velvet Cake

Southern Recipe Red Velvet Cake 

Paula Deen's Red Velvet Cake

Pastrybaglady Posted 4 Apr 2014 , 7:13am
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I think the name Red Velvet sounds seductive and people are drawn to the color.  The first time I made it even my kids said it didn't taste like anything, but that does not stop people from wanting it.  The amount of red food color makes me a little ill and I only use half the amount and still the batter looks like blood in the bowl.  Tonight I tried a recipe using uncooked beet and raspberry puree for the red.  It's not the stop light red of food coloring but it's a more natural chocolatey red or burgundy color.  I forgot to add the vanilla at the end so the flavor of the berries really comes out.  I much prefer this to the blah taste of traditional red velvet and this one is high in antioxidents!

howsweet Posted 4 Apr 2014 , 3:11pm
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AI used to feel the same way about it being blah, but I finally added it to my flavors and now when I make it, it's the one flavor that I want to save the extra bits and cram them in my mouth. I like it plain, with regular buttercream or cream cheese icing. I would eat it in a house or with a mouse.... There's something about that cake.

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