Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Do you have a red velvet cake recipe in your recipe files? If not, then Recipe4Living will help you out not only by providing you with our favorite red velvet cake recipe, but also plenty of other deliciously sweet recipes. Read on to find out the interesting story behind the red velvet cake as well as plenty more red velvet cake recipes and tips!

The Best Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Red Velvet Cake Recipe - Originally served at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, this cake has rapidly become a family favorite. 

History and Myths of Red Velvet Cake

Traditionally, red velvet cakes are associated with the American South, although they have roots all around the country.  A red velvet cake is very similar to a yellow cake, except it has cocoa and red food coloring that give the cake it's stark, red coloring. While some people use red food coloring, others claim that it's a chemical reaction between the cocoa and buttermilk that give the cake it's beautiful hue.

However, there is an urban legend that claims the red velvet cake recipe may have originated in New York. The urban legend, which has been circulating for about 70 years, claims that a woman walked into the Waldorf-Astoria demanding the recipe for the famous cake recipe.  She was given the recipe--and apparently an exorbitant bill as well! Legend has it that people continued to pass down the recipe as revenge against the store. 

The red velvet cake has never been considered haute cuisine, although recently it has been gaining popularity and been featured at more and more bakeries.  If you haven't tasted this sweet, but not too sweet, moist cake, then try out some of these recipes.

Holiday Red Velvet Cake Recipes

Christmas Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Christmas Tree Cake - This is really a seven layer red velvet cake made with different size cake pans and decorated like a Christmas tree! Click on this recipe to see the amazing picture!

Valentine's Day Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Hunks of Burning Love Cupcakes - This recipe is a variation on that old favorite flavor, red velvet cake. To spice the flavor up a bit, ground red pepper, cinnamon and pepper sauce increase the heat level, creating a new sensation. My first thought upon hearing about the Valentine's Day contest was that Elvis Presley song 'Burning Love.' Love can be the same as tastes: hot, incendiary, smoldering. These cupcakes fit this idea by layering the heat level.

Halloween Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Anne Thornton's Red Velvet Brain Cupcakes - This tasty Halloween recipe was provided by Anne Thornton of the Food Network series "Dessert First!"

Tips for Making a Red Velvet Cake Recipe

  • When baking a cake, instead of dusting the pans with flour, use granulated sugar. The cakes come out of the pan just as easy and taste better with that little bit of melted sugar on them.
  • When frosting a cake, eliminate crumbs by having the spatula only touch the frosting, not the cake itself. Use dabs of frosting to "glue" the bottom layer to serve plate to hold it steady as you frost the cake.
  • When frosting a two-layer cake, place 4 pieces of waxed paper on plate to square it off.  Place first layer on plate, upside-down (flat side up).  Frost bottom layer then place top layer flat side down and frost as usual.  when cake is frosted, pull gently on waxed paper strips until removed. Plate is clean on edges with no clean up!


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