February 10, 2011
How to Bake Authentic Red Velvet Cake
Sweets for Your Sweetie
Have you noticed Red Velvet Cake turning up everywhere? Spilling across the Mason-Dixon Line, this Southern dessert has migrated into the bakeries and coffee shops of mainstream America.
I've seen red velvet layered cakes, cupcakes, bundt cakes, cake pops, pancakes and even ice cream. Just yesterday, way up here in the Pacific Northwest, I noticed Red Velvet yogurt in the dairy section of our grocery store! (It was pink and tasted like raspberries.)
One informed Foodie insists that authentic Red Velvet Cake must contain the following essentials.
• The cake must have some cocoa—but not too much because it’s a devil’s food cake, not a chocolate cake.
• The cake must have red food coloring. (Beet juice does not achieve the right tone
• It must be topped with cream cheese frosting.
• It should be garnished with chopped pecans.
• You must use White Lily flour,
a Southern specialty flour.
• Precise measurements and meticulous attention to detail are key for this cake.
• To ensure proper rising, you must use a hand-held electric mixer, instead of a stand mixer which can over-mix the batter.
• The batter needs vegetable oil to yield a moist cake, not butter or shortening.
Creative Red Velvet Cakes
For Valentine's Day, I’m thinking about making individual sweetheart
Rose-Shaped Red Velvet Cakes OR Mini Red Velvet Bundt Cakes using this Southern chef's recipe. It contains all the essential ingredients for an authentic cake listed above.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Electric hand mixers are useful for making authentic Red Velvet Cake, but most home bakers rejoice the day the KitchenAid Artisan-Series Stand Mixer arrives in their kitchen. I’ve searched around, and the best price I’ve found is at Amazon.com—for a factory reconditioned model. The reviews are surprisingly positive.
Try making Red Velvet Ice Cream, when you order the KitchenAid Ice Cream Bowl Attachment (right).
Ask your Valentine to buy you the KitchenAid Pasta Extruder which makes your machine that much more versatile. Enjoy the fun of creating a variety of delicious homemade pastas, including spaghetti, bucatini, fusili, rigatoni, and large or small macaroni.
What's your favorite variation on Red Velvet?
Photos: HBArt, rishibando, YourHauness, TalesofanLAAddict & popartichoke (Flickr)