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. Although a traditional red velvet cake has elements of a chocolate cake, there are a few key ingredients that make it so distinctly different 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. To get that deeper crimson tone organically, a chemical interaction between a few important elements occurs (more on that in a moment). 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 give the cake that tender, light, and fluffy texture. 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 very delighted this cake has become popular again in the past decade or so. It’s always a crowd pleaser!
Does red velvet always have cream cheese?
A traditional red velvet cake has cream cheese frosting, which is my favorite part of the dessert. In comparison, chocolate cakes may have whatever icing you wish (although traditionally with a chocolate ganache or frosting).
What is the substitute of cream cheese in red velvet cake?
If you can’t find cream cheese easily (and note that in the UK it may be labelled as “white soft cheese” but is likely to be the same product) then you could use mascarpone as an alternative. Nevertheless, it is possible to overbeat macaroni, causing it to curdle, so use caution while handling the mascarpone.
What flavor goes best with red velvet?
With its delicate chocolate flavor and gorgeous appearance, red velvet cake is immensely popular. The traditional is spiced up with cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg in this variant. Pairing with the chocolate, these flavors provide a warm and hearty taste to an already amazing dessert.
Which ingredient is crucial for a red velvet cake?
The most important component in red velvet cakes is buttermilk.