The Cake Slice: Red Velvet CakeJanuary 20, 2010 at 1:01 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, layer cakes, sweet things, the cake slice | 20 Comments
The Cake Slice Bakers are baking up a true slice of Americana this month– Red Velvet Cake. Even though this cake has been super trendy in recent years, and I even though make a giant batch of it at work every day, I’ve never been so enthusiastic about red velvet. All that food coloring makes me a bit uneasy. A good thing about making it at home, though, is that you can control how much Red 40 does or does not go into it. Just like the other time I made red velvet here, I used only a couple drops of gel coloring…more of a “rust velvet,” I guess.
I generally think cream cheese frosting and red velvet go hand-in-hand (although where I work, we use a cinnamon buttercream), but this recipe has a boiled milk frosting with coconut and pecans. That’s new to me, but I really do think the frosting made it the best red velvet I’ve ever had (probably because it reminded me of my most favorite cake, German chocolate)! And the texture of the cake’s crumb was great, too…soft and, of course, velvety.
Here’s a printable link to the recipe. Or get your hands on a copy of Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott. Cruise through the list of The Cake Slice Bakers to check out all of our red velvet cakes this month!