Red velvet cake seems like a velvety, creamy, and pricey version of an ordinary cake, but so much better. Despite its recent popularity, most people have no understanding what red velvet cake is, presuming it’s chocolate cake with a lot of red food coloring added. While a typical red velvet cake has characteristics of a chocolate cake, a few crucial ingredients distinguish it from other cakes. The list of components may surprise you!
Where does red velvet cake come from?
Prior to the 1920s, red velvet cake was more of a rust hue than the brighter crimson seen now. A chemical reaction among a few key ingredients occurred (more on that in a second) to create that deeper reddish tone naturally. In the 1920s, food coloring company Adams Extract of course wanted to sell more food dye, and released a recipe made with red food coloring that really amped the color up to what we usually see today.
What is red velvet cake?
Red velvet cake contains cocoa powder, buttermilk, and vinegar in addition to the standard cake components (flour, sugar, butter, and eggs). When these components are mixed, the cocoa powder combines with the acids to produce the color. Nevertheless, if you attempt this today without the red food coloring, it may not come out as red. Some cocoa powders today are alkalized, a.k.a. not processed in the same way as they were in the early 20th century, so it’s best to just opt for the artificial stuff if you want that expected vibrant color.
Don’t scrimp on the weird embellishments, either. The buttermilk and vinegar provide a soft, light, and fluffy texture to the cake. Red velvet cake is often served with white cream-cheese icing. The white contrast draws attention to the beautiful crimson hue, and the tanginess of the cream cheese complements the buttermilk so wonderfully. We’re so glad this cake has come back into favor over the last decade or so.
Does red velvet cake have chocolate in it?
Red velvet cake is a traditionally crimson-colored chocolate layer cake with cream cheese icing. It’s often prepared using buttermilk, butter, chocolate, vinegar, and flour.
What is red velvet made of?
Red velvet cake is a vanilla cake with a few tablespoons of cocoa powder and red food coloring thrown in. It is popular in the southern United States. Vinegar and buttermilk bring some acid to the batter, adding a bit of tanginess that balances out the sweet cream cheese-butter frosting that is standard.
Is red velvet cake basically chocolate?
And red velvet cake isn’t just a chocolate cake with red food coloring in it. These two cakes may have a long history of being mistaken for one another because they share a similar reddish-brown color, but the flavor, ingredients, and texture are fundamentally different from one another.
What happens if my dog eats red velvet cake?
In particular, chocolate is toxic to dogs because it contains methylxanthines like caffeine and theobromine, which dogs cannot break down as we can. Chocolate poisoning may result in severe symptoms, including death. If your dog has eaten chocolate cake that looks like red velvet, contact your veterinarian right away.