“Red velvet cake is a cake with either a dark red, bright red or red brown colour” , courtesy Wikipedia.
Originating in U.S specifically the Southern states, this is an extremely popular dessert.
It is a layered cake, traditionally iced with Cream Cheese or French style butter Roux icing. However, since ‘Roux Icing’, also known as ‘Ermine Icing’, is slightly time consuming to prepare, Cream Cheese or Butter Cream frosting are more popular variations that are used here.
Here, I have tried to replicate this immensely popular and delicious dessert incorporating a few changes for convenience and availability. For frosting, I have used cream cheese and whipped cream.
Frankly speaking availability of cream cheese in my area is still kind of hard to get. Also it is quite heavy or purse. So I have used homemade cream cheese, which comes out really well.
This super-soft and moist cake has a rich and irresistible taste.
- SOME HISTORY: RED VELET CAKE -
To add a bit of history to this classic dessert recipe, during World War II when foods were being rationed, bakers intelligently resorted to using boiled beet juices to enhance the colour of these cakes. In some of the classic Red Velvet recipes Beets are found to be part of the ingredients where they also serve as a moisture retaining ingredient. "Adams Extract, a Texas company, is credited with bringing the red velvet cake to kitchens across America during the Great Depression era, by being one of the first to sell red food coloring and other flavour extracts with the use of point-of-sale posters and tear-off recipe cards" courtesy Wikipedia
When foods were rationed during World War II, bakers used boiled beet juices to enhance the colour of their cakes. Beets are found in some red velvet cake recipes, where they also serve to retain moisture. Adams Extract, a Texas company, is credited with bringing the red velvet cake to kitchens across America during the Great Depression era, by being one of the first to sell red food colouring and other flavour extracts with the use of point-of-sale posters and tear-off recipe cards.