Good good friends of this beautiful community. How were these days? Today I bring you a cake whose name refers me to an elegant and distinguished table: The Red Velvet cake. I imagine being enjoying tea with friends or at some special celebration, receiving the portion of Red Velvet , cutting it easily with the fork and discovering that spongy mass of an intense, very intense red.
Don’t be scared or change your blog; This cake with a different and sophisticated air is not complicated to make. Of course, I advise using very good quality ingredients.
Dare to make it and then tell me what tulle!
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About the red velvet cake
What is red velvet cake?
Red Velvet Cake is a popular American dessert characterized by its distinctive dark red color and moist, fluffy texture. It’s taste? It is a mixture of vanilla and cocoa, with a mild buttermilk flavor.
Red Velvet cake is usually decorated with a cream cheese , which gives it a sweet and creamy flavor, but it can also be decorated with meringue, whipped cream, or any other type of frosting. This cake is a delicious option for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and parties.
Red Velvet cake gets its name from its characteristic deep red color , which is obtained by adding red food coloring to the cake batter.
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The story behind his name
Although there is not much certain information about the origin of its name, we have a theory that suggests that the name originated in the 1950s at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York , which served red velvet cake at its banquets.
It is said that the cake’s fame spread quickly thanks to its distinctive color and soft, spongy texture , and that people began calling it “ red velvet cake” for its velvet-like appearance.
Others suggest that the name could be due to its slightly bittersweet taste, which can be compared to the taste of red wine. What will be the correct explanation? Difficult to say at the moment.
Despite the uncertainty about the origin of the name, what is clear is that red velvet cake is a popular and delicious dessert that remains highly appreciated today .
What should be taken into account before preparing a red velvet cake?
Before preparing it, it is important to take into account the following aspects:
- Ingredients: Make sure you have all the necessary ingredients, including red food coloring, cocoa powder, buttermilk or vinegar milk, flour, sugar, oil, eggs, and baking soda. Use good quality ingredients to obtain the best result.
- Temperature of the ingredients: It is important that the ingredients are at room temperature before starting to prepare the cake, especially the butter and eggs. This way, they will mix better and the cake will be fluffier.
- Utensils: It is also important to make sure you have all the necessary utensils, including a cake pan, an electric mixer, a sifter for the cocoa powder and flour, and a spatula for mixing.
- Preparation Time: Red Velvet Cake requires preparation time, so make sure you have enough time to mix, bake, and decorate the cake.
- Food coloring : Red food coloring is an essential ingredient in Red Velvet Cake, so make sure you have enough coloring to achieve the cake’s signature red hue.
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What is the best coloring for red velvet cake?
The coloring traditionally used in red velvet cake is red food coloring in paste or liquid . However, it is important to note that the colorant used may vary depending on the brand and the amount used.
If you are looking for a specific colorant, I recommend looking for a good quality gel or paste colorant that has a deep red hue and does not have an unpleasant taste. You can also resort to the natural alternative and try colorants such as beet juice to obtain the desired red color.
It is important to keep in mind that the amount of dye will depend on the result you want to obtain and the specific recipe being used. It is always best to add colorant little by little and test the mixture before adding more to get the desired shade.
What are the infusions that combine best with red velvet cake?
Since we love everything to combine, I am going to leave you below the best infusions to accompany this spectacular red velvet cake :
- Ginger tea: It has a spicy, earthy flavor that can well complement the smooth and velvety flavor of red velvet. Additionally, ginger can help stimulate digestion after a heavy meal.
- Black tea: It has a strong and robust flavor that can complement the chocolate flavor in Red Velvet cake well.
- Red Berry Tea: Its sweet and fruity flavor can complement well with the flavor of the cream cheese frosting on the Red Velvet cake. Additionally, berry tea is rich in antioxidants and may have heart health benefits.
- Vanilla Infusion: Vanilla has a mild, sweet flavor that can complement the flavor of Red Velvet Cake well. A hot or cold vanilla infusion can be a delicious and comforting option to accompany the cake.
- A tip: in general, it is advisable to choose infusions that are mild and aromatic, with flavors that complement but do not compete with the distinctive flavor of red velvet cake .
ANOTHER WAY TO ACCOMPANY IT: CHAMPAGNE
Red velvet cake and champagne can be a delicious and elegant combination for a special celebration . So I’m going to leave you some champagne suggestions that you could consider to pair with the unique and distinctive flavor of Red Velvet:
- Pink Champagne: It has a fruity and delicate flavor that can well complement the smooth and velvety flavor of Red Velvet. Additionally, the pink color of champagne can make the combination even more elegant.
- Champagne demi-sec: It also has a sweet and fruity flavor that can complement the taste of the cream cheese frosting on the Red Velvet cake well. In turn, the sweetness of the champagne can balance the acidity of the cake and soften its flavor.
- Champagne brut: It has a dry and crisp flavor that can complement the chocolate flavor in Red Velvet cake well. In addition, brut champagne is a classic and elegant option for any celebration.
- Another tip: it is advisable to choose a champagne that has a balanced and complex flavor, but that is not too sweet or heavy so as not to compete with the delicacy of the flavor of the Red Velvet cake. In addition, it is important to serve champagne very cold to better enjoy its flavor and aroma.