Original Red Velvet Cake Frosting

Baking By ytalott Updated 8 Feb 2014 , 4:24am by CakeLuster

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ytalott Posted 5 Feb 2014 , 2:41am
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Hey everyone! :) 


A lot of people say that it's cream cheese frosting that should go with red velvet cakes/cupcakes but after some Google search, I found several pages saying that the traditional frosting is actually the cooked "ermine" frosting. This cooked icing is made of milk, flour, butter, and sugar. 


Do you guys think I can find proof that ermine frosting is really the traditional frosting for red velvet cake? Maybe some credible online article? I am convinced that it is the traditional for red velvet, but I'm not sure how to convince some people about it.



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Spooky_789 Posted 8 Feb 2014 , 2:40am
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This isn't online, but my Better Homes & Garden cookbook say that the red velvet cake is also known as the Red Waldorf Cake, which goes back to New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.  It uses the creamy frosting made with milk, flour, sugar, butter, and vanilla.

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Sassyzan Posted 8 Feb 2014 , 2:56am
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AWho needs convincing? Traditional or not, "cooked flour" frosting does not sound appealing, IMHO, and this is an ermine [IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3182308/width/200/height/400[/IMG] Adorable? Yes. Delicious? Possibly. But certainly not on red velvet cake. ;)

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CakeLuster Posted 8 Feb 2014 , 4:24am
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AYou are right, although I'm not sure where you can find proof. My mother has always called it "Poor-Man's Whipped Cream" and it must be made with granulated white sugar to get the right texture. Good luck! I'd love to know if you find proof! :D

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