I finally got around to making a cake from Southern Living Cakes cookbook. (Well, I already made one–a peanut butter cola cake, but I didn’t like it.
It called for using coca cola, and I don’t think I like that flavor in cake.) I knew I would get around to making the red velvet cake recipe because I love red velvet cake. Only, I used only one bottle of red food coloring, so I have a pink velvet cake. This recipe makes a lovely cake, and there is plenty of frosting.
I made red velvet cupcakes using this red velvet cake recipe from Loveless Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. This recipe makes a really nice traditional red velvet cake. The cake part uses cocoa so it has that burgundy-ish red color to it. It is moist and has a good crumb. The frosting is delicious also, but may be on the sweeter side if you prefer a more pronounced cream cheese flavor like I do. To make cupcakes, just put them in liners in muffin pans and bake for 20 minutes (test with a toothpick).
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Amy’s Bread is a popular bake shop with breads, cakes, cupcakes, cookies and muffins and scones with locations on Bleecker Street and in Chelsea Market and Hell’s Kitchen. As soon as I walked into the bustling bakery, I saw the yellow cake with pink frosting and knew I had to have it. I also love red velvet cake, so I ordered a slice of that too.
I love the pink and red together. So pretty!
Verdict: The cake layers are fresh, and the red velvet cake actually had a cocoa flavor, a nice surprise since so many red velvet cakes don’t have a cocoa taste. The pink frosting on the yellow cake was a sweet buttercream. For red velvet cake, I have to have cream cheese frosting. When I tasted this red velvet cake, I knew it was a shortening-buttercream frosting, which is not a favorite of mine. I later found out that it’s a Swiss meringue buttercream frosting.
Red velvet is still incredibly popular. We see it in various forms: red velvet cake, red velvet cupcakes, red velvet whoopie pies, red velvet ice cream, and the list goes on. I admit there is something comforting and all-American about it, that I, too, am a huge fan. I was quite disappointed when I went to David Burke Kitchen and they didn’t have the red velvet sundae or cake they have mentioned on their Web site’s menu. I also went to Co-op Food & Drink on the Lower East Side, hankering for some red velvet pancakes with chocolate chips and whipped cream cheese and it, too, wasn’t available. What’s up with the red velvet fail? At least I got somewhat of a red velvet fix a few doors down at sugar Sweet sunshine where there were plenty of Sexy and Sassy Red Velvet cupcakes. I got a Sexy one. It was a fresh cupcake, but the frosting was a bit boring for me. I like a cream cheese frosting on my red velvet cake/cupcake, so this didn’t exactly hit the spot. What’s a girl to do?
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