|Red velvet cupcakes are easy to dress up for Christmas, but delicious no matter what the occasion.|
Many of us have had red velvet cake: bought at a bakery, eaten at a party or restaurant, or made from a cake mix. But haven't some of you also wondered what makes it different? How is it not just vanilla cake mix with tons of red dye poured in?
I did the footwork to find out. The answer? There's more than just red dye to making a real red velvet cake. So though you may feel ready to cut some corners with vanilla box mix and a tube of red dye, there are at least four ingredients you need to know about to make a great, authentic red velvet cake recipe. Beyond that, there's a bit you should know about the frosting, too. Read on . . .
|A real red velvet cake recipe uses buttermilk, vinegar, and cocoa. Look for these ingredients to determine whether you've found an authentic red velvet cake recipe.|
|I took a bite! The secret to a real red velvet cake recipe, other than buttermilk, vinegar, and cocoa, is a roux frosting.|
|Yum! You can see a cross-section of the red velvet cake frosting in this picture.|
|This example shows how you can decorate red velvet cupcakes for Christmas.|
|Here is another example of how to decorate red velvet cupcakes for Christmas|
I experimented with a few Christmas decorations, since the dessert's red-and-white color combo lends itself to the seasonal colors.
|Real red velvet cake makes a great holiday cake for christmas. A roux frosting is the traditional frosting for this cake.|
Real Red Velvet Cake Recipe and Butter Roux Frosting (Ermine Frosting/ Boiled Milk Frosting)
If you want the recipe I used, the cupcakes are here, and the frosting (cream cheese) is here. These cupcakes turned out really well. For some of the red velvet cupcakes, I used a traditional red velvet cake frosting: roux frosting (also known as butter roux frosting, boiled milk frosting, or ermine frosting). The recipe for that is here.
Hope you found these red velvet cake tips useful! Now you know the secret to real red velvet cake recipe.