Scarlet Velveteen Cake

December 16, 2009 Ella
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Red Velvet Cake is pretty popular these days.  I first heard of it the first time I watch Steel Magnolias (the funniest movie to ever make you cry.) The Bleeding Armadillo Groom’s cake was so ridiculous and memorable, that it is often the very specific request of my friends when choosing their birthday cake.

I suppose with all these cake shows on TV these days Red Velvet is regularly featured and therefore very much in the vernacular of cake eaters, maker and decorators.  But where did it come from, what is it , and how can I make it? Well Red Velvet is a mildly chocolate flavored cake. Where as your typical homemade chocolate cake would be comprised of 1/3 c of unsweetened cocoa per aproximate 3-4 cups of batter, red velvet has only 2-3 tablespoons of cocao.  It gets its ruby hue from adding red food coloring.

I was a bit disappointed when I figured this out seeing as I expected something unique to be used in achieving this famously colored confection.  It turns out that historically Red Velvet was dyed red using something quiet unique in fact even if most people don’t make it this way anymore.  The Waldorf Astoria Hotel is famous for its red velvet cake and they used boiled beets to achieve the color.  My understanding is, that this was an economical way to concoct this cake during World War II when most ingredients were rationed.

I’ve been finding that both Red Velvet Recipes and Cream Cheese frosting recipes have been big searches on my site so here is one recipe for Red Velvet Cake.  I’m not sure where I got it from.  Just have had it sitting in my ever growing recipe box jotted on a piece of paper.  I assume the frequency of the search is due to the nature of this cake being perfect red addition to the dessert table during the holidays.  I’ll include a cool way to package this cake and give it away as gifts in my next post!

Scarlet Velveteen Cake

Sift together, then set aside:

2 1/2 c all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 Tb unsweetened Cocao

1/2 tsp salt

In a separate bowl lightly beat 2 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla.

Add 1  1/2c  sugar and  3/4 c vegetable oil .

Stir in 1 c buttermilk.  (if you don’t have buttermilk use 1 c milk with 3 tsp of apple cider vinegar.)

Add 2 tb red food coloring,Then add dry ingredients.  Mix and bake at 350 degreesfor about 15 minutes in a well grease pan.

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Entry Filed under: Cake,Frosting,Holiday Gifts

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. chrissy  |  December 16, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    i love give-aways! and i had no idea red velvet cake was red because of food coloring. so disappointing!

  • 2. Lissa  |  December 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I may have to try this one. The holidays don’t end until some time around President’s Day in my house. I’ll keep this one in my recipe box.


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