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Red Velvet Cake Recipe That is Worth Every Extra Calorie

Red Velvet Cake Recipe
The Devil's food cake was originally made in startling red color, though its flavor was a mild chocolate. Though the use of color has been discontinued in most places, it retains its more urbane name―Red velvet cake.
Kanika Goswami
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017
Red Velvet Cake
A Southern specialty, the red velvet cake owes its red color to history. Originally, its deep red color was thought to be due to a reaction between early varieties of cocoa and baking soda. But this reaction also gave the cake a soapy taste. Thereafter, cooks and bakers must have opted for food color or an edible red dye to get the effect.
In the Southern states, where the Devil's food cake originated, it was made with cocoa and beet, hence the original red color effect. The contrasting white frosting completes the effect that has been related to the contrast between 'the good' and 'the evil' (the evil being represented by a passionate red color).
The name 'devilled' dates back to the 18th century and was meant to be used for spicy foods. In the early 1900s, the red velvet (Devil's food) cake was a popular and also the most favorite dessert. The recipe was nobody's secret and was handy in America as early as 1902. After reigning supreme for almost seventy years, the cake gradually started losing its popularity when in the 1970s, red food color was linked to cancer and discontinued in many places.
However, Devil's food cake, or red velvet cake, continues to be a fascinating dessert even today.
Cake Recipe
The secret of the continuing success of this straightforward recipe is a lot of dark-brown sugar that ensures a really dark cake. It may not be red or velvet but yes, the taste is still sinful.
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1½ cups dark-brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Grease and prepare two 9-inch cake tins. Add the cocoa to about a cup of boiling water and blend in well till it forms a smooth paste; keep aside. Beat the butter with the sugar in a blender till it turns light. Then, continue beating and add the eggs to the blender, one at a time. Once done, stir this mixture into the cooled cocoa paste. In a bowl, sift the baking soda, baking powder, and flour together. Fold the cocoa and butter mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients, add in the sugar, and beat the mixture. Make sure that it is not over-beaten. Pour the batter into the 2 cake tins, and bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
This cake needs frosted icing which can be done in various flavors. The plain frosting can be done in the following way.
  • 6 tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 oz. white butter
  • 1 cup finely powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Boil the flour and milk together in a saucepan, stirring constantly, till the mixture starts thickening (it should get a custard like consistency). Add the sugar and vanilla extract to the the butter, and cream it until it turns fluffy. Add the flour mixture to this, and beat until the concoction is thick enough to spread on the cake. After removing the 2 cakes from their molds and cooling completely, spread half of the icing mix on the top of 1 cake. Place the other cake on top of this and cover its top with the icing, as well. With the leftover icing, cover the sides of the double-tiered cake. Your red velvet cake is ready.