RED VELVET CAKE – RED DEVIL CAKE – FIRE ENGINE RED CAKE
Red Velvet Cake – Red Devil Cake – Fire Engine Red Cake
Red velvet cake is a type of sweet chocolate cake, which has a distinctive dark red or red-brown color and a little lower on chocolate intensity than German’s Chocolate. Now my grandmother would use a lot of red food dye (2 Oz) and call it Fire Engine Red Cake (For us kids) as well as Red Velvet (For Adults), but honestly, after reading how red #3 causes thyroid cancer, when I make this now, I go for the more subtle red-brown color. Granted the bright red color of the cake and the contrasting white frosting make for quite a showstopper. But lets face it, ALL red food dye has a distinctive flavor, whether it’s labeled as “tasteless/flavorless” or not. I would rather forgo a little color than have a cake that tastes like a “Bleeding armadillo”. You can add more color if you like, 1 oz makes a nice bright red color, and 1.5 oz makes it downright scarlet red. Or you can leave it out all together and trust to the acidic vinegar and buttermilk to change the cocoa powder a nice maroonish-brown color. Just make sure to use natural cocoa powder not the dutch processed stuff which is to alkaline. I also love the traditional Ermine Frosting, otherwise known as Butter Roux or boiled milk frosting, but cream cheese frosting (normally used on Carrot Cake) is nice sometimes as well.