Red Velvet Cake W/ No Dye

Baking By bluesplot Updated 3 Apr 2011 , 7:49am by bluesplot

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bluesplot Posted 30 Mar 2011 , 10:42am
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I was watching a baking show (DC Cupcakes, I think) and they made a Red Velvet cupcake without using food coloring. It had something to do with a chemical reaction to vinegar. Of course, my kids chose that exact moment to start fighting so I missed the whole explanation of the recipe and then my one year old sat on the remote, which changed the channel, so I couldn't rewind it. Has anyone else ever seen or tried this vinegar instead of dye technique? Thanks for any and all help.


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Monster03 Posted 30 Mar 2011 , 11:53am
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I came across this page yesterday when looking for red velvet recipes. It explains about the cocoa reacting with the buttermilk to make the red colour.

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amberc727 Posted 30 Mar 2011 , 3:07pm
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Interesting. I want to try this because I HATE using red coloring in the cake since there's enough coloring in frostings and fondant usually.

Where would I find that kind of cocoa?

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hollys_hobby Posted 30 Mar 2011 , 3:54pm
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there was also a recipe in Cake Central Magazine for red velvet cake using beets for the coloring, haven't tried it yet, but plan to. Has anyone tried this? and how does it taste?

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bluesplot Posted 3 Apr 2011 , 7:49am
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Thank you so much Monster03! I haven't seen light cocoa powder before but I'll look into ordering it. Until then, I'll try the beet juice.

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