They say the history of how red velvet started is like an accident. The reaction of baking soda, vinegar and buttermilk ingredients turned the chocolate or cocoa powder into a deeper red color. Then from there they just added more red food coloring.
It also attributed its popularity from the movie Steel Magnolias, in which the groom’s cake is a red velvet one made in the shape of an armadillo.
Now, I believe it is the most popular kind of cake for parties and occasions like Valentine’s Day. Many have their own version of it. Some recipes taste like vanilla, with barely any cocoa powder at all; but for me, I prefer the more chocolatey taste. The popularity of it is so overwhelming that they made other varieties like red velvet brownies, cookies and pies! 🙂
Here’s my favorite one from Amy Atlas, which I intend to make a cupcake tradition every Valentine’s Day.
|My Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Cupcakes|
FROSTING by Alice Currah (Savory Sweet Life)
1 cup unsalted butter
3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
1. Put the butter in a bowl together with the sift cocoa powder and sugar. Mix on lowest speed until well-combined. Add all other ingredients and mix for another 3 minutes.
2. Place frosting on a piping bag and decorate your cupcake.