Red Velvet Cake History *

Today is all about – Red Velvet cake thought to be traditional Southern Classic its has roots in many places – but maybe the most famous in Steele Magnolia. My favorite holiday cake and movie classic.  Lisa 

 

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The history and Facts about – Red Velvet cake. 

When foods were rationed during  WW 2  bakers used boiled beet juices to enhance the color of their cakes. Beets  are found in some red velvet cake recipes, where they also serve to retain moisture. Adams Extract 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 flavor extracts with the use of point-of-sale posters and tear-off recipe cards.The cake and its original recipe are well known in the United States from New York City’s famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which has dubbed the confection Waldorf-Astoria cake. However, it is widely considered a Southern Traditionally, red velvet cake is iced with a French-style butter roux icing(also called ermine icing), which is very light and fluffy, but time-consuming to prepare. Cream cheese frosting and butter cream  frosting are variations which have increased in popularit from  * Wikipedia.

 

Read this great article here Ben Star

 

Alternatives to Red Food Coloring: 

1. Hibiscus flowers steeped in a bit of hot water until cooled
2. Boiled cranberries
3. Red beet juice
4. Red beet powder
5. Pomegranate juice

No Buttermilk

Mix regular Milk with lemon juice or vinegar

Butter

you can substitute with Coconut oil

 

And Let’s Not Forget the most famous Red Velvet  Grooms  Cake from Steele Magnolia    Movie Link

 

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