My Red Velvet Cake Keeps Going Brown

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luvscrystalsluvsbaking Posted 22 Nov 2013 , 5:29pm
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I live in the UK and i have always made red velvet cake without any issues but recently due to EU regulations the standard liquid red food colouring has been change to natural colouring therefore they are no longer suitable for making red velvet cake as they make the cake turn brown.

following advice from my local cake shop i started using sugarflair gel food colours which have poppy red, christmas red and extra red in their range. I have tried all three colours but i still get my cakes coming out brown especially starting from the corners of the cake working its way to the center. so sometimes i have the middle of the cake red but the rest of the cake has gone brown.

I cant seem to get my hands on americolour's red and i really dont know what to do anymore.

i would like advice on what could be happening...


Thank you

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howsweet Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 4:34am
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Maybe try a recipe using beets?

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-K8memphis Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 2:48pm
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you can find all the info online for using beets--strangely it's not as straight forward as it would seem--it's been discussed on here before too so do your due diligence before you start


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ny20005 Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 8:31pm
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AI use half of the cocoa & half drinking chocolate & I get perfect red cakes now

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AnnieCahill Posted 2 Dec 2013 , 8:38pm
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Don't overload red velvet with cocoa powder.  It should only be a few teaspoons at most.  You also have to use a few teaspoons of gel in order to get the color.  It just comes down to adding more color.

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