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post #16 of 54

Red Velvet is not traditional here in Spain either, well, neither are sponge cakes that are 4" tall, but RV is my bestseller. People ask what it tastes of, and I explain that it's a bit of chocolate, and bit of vanilla, and tastes like neither. When asked why it's red, I sheepishly explain that it's food colouring. After all that, they STILL buy it either in cupcake form or wedding cake form, saying that if it's my bestseller it must be good...blind leading the blind??!

 

I might start saying that Vanilla Bean is my best seller - it would be easier!!

post #17 of 54
I totally agree. Can't stand it. It's such a nothing cake and all that colouring. Bleugh!
post #18 of 54
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I've been asked so often for red velvet cake, that I thought I ought to give it a go.  It's still relatively new to the UK...  it's been around for a couple of years, but it's certainly not a staple, as far as cake flavours go.

 

I don't "get" it....

 

...  it's not a lovely chocolatey chocolate cake.

 

...  it's not a light, fragrant vanilla sponge.

 

It's just 'meh', really.8-)

 

Hmmm never had it.  Now I'm going to have to make one just to try it.   Maybe it's just the looks of it that captures everyone's attention.  Is it ever frosted in anything than the white stuff.  Would it please people as well if it were frosted in green  & purple 'Barney dinosaur' icing.  Doubt it.

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post #19 of 54
Yucky cream cheese icing.
post #20 of 54
Red velvet is a traditional southern American cake. It isn't chocolate cake dyed red. It's supposed to be dense and kind of heavy, with a slightly tangy flavor that has just a hint of chocolate. It's not for everyone, that's for sure. I make Martha Stewart's recipe but modify it a bit. It's very similar to Cakeman Raven's but I do cut the oil back. It's actually really good if you can get past the red food coloring (I use a no-taste but it still grosses me out).

Cream cheese icing is far from yucky! Mine tastes like cheesecake. It's awesome. To each his own, I guess!
post #21 of 54
By the way, cream cheese isn't the only icing used for red velvet. You can look up recipes for cooked flour icing which is also used.
post #22 of 54
I think RV is quite horrid. The idea of all that red dye. . . yuck.
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post #23 of 54
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Originally Posted by leah_s View Post

I think RV is quite horrid. The idea of all that red dye. . . yuck.

 

 

i know and my kid was more hyperactive when he had red dye--which is even in bar b q potato chips--a staple at my house -- lol --but srsly they even used to put it in devil's food cake mix--it's in tons of foods stuff--peppermints even--

 

and the bang for the buck with red velvet is minimal--it's not much of a taste experience--it's an over sweet over dyed mess imo

 

not a fan 

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post #24 of 54

if you didn't put the red dye in it, would anyone eat it for the flavor?

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post #25 of 54
I don't think so. To me it doesn't have much flavor at all.
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post #26 of 54

so it's really eye candy, people are eating with their eyes.  The original cakes must have only had a slight hint of red in them.

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post #27 of 54
I have always found red velvet to be meh too, and I am a southern gal. I think it sounds sumptuous and therefore gives the consumer a feeling of decadence.
post #28 of 54
Red velvet cake is a recipe made popular by the Adams spice and food coloring company during the great depression. The story goes that people were scrimping on things like food coloring, so Adams came up with this recipe containing a whole bunch of food coloring and started printing it on the packaging.
post #29 of 54
My understanding of red velvet is a cake that is flavoured with coco and beetroot. I have never used red colouring because it does not give the right texture. I have a fantastic recipe that always works well and is a family favourite. Happy to supply it here if requested.
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post #30 of 54
Beet juice is a natural alternative to the ghastly amount of food coloring. I only eat it about once every three years, lol.
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