Intimidated by baking, assembling, and decorating a homemade red velvet cake for Valentine’s Day? Give cupcakes a try instead!
As you probably know, I have already written about my (now ex-) husband’s family recipe for a gorgeous Red Velvet Cake. But when I noticed that lots of readers were asking questions about how to turn the cake recipe into a cupcake recipe, I decided it was time to give it a try myself!
At first I was going to try a version using less red food coloring than the cake recipe, but at the last minute I decided to stay true to the original. These aren’t pink, they aren’t reddish-brown, they are a dramatic RED, perfect for Valentine’s Day! And in addition to the beautiful color, these little cakes are light, tender, and downright delicious!
There are several different types of red velvet cake. Some are heavier on the chocolate flavor than others, some use less food coloring, and some use beets instead of artificial coloring. This one does not taste like a chocolate cake, although there is a subtle hint of cocoa. The flavor is unique and delicious, and I prefer it to the red velvet cakes that contain more cocoa powder. And as I’ve already mentioned, this cake recipe does not shy away from the food coloring!
Although red velvet cake is definitely a Southern tradition, it’s popularity has never been limited to the South. The recipe I’m going to share today is also called Waldorf-Astoria Cake, and is supposedly based on a red velvet cake that was popular at the New York hotel in the 1920’s. For more on the history of red velvet cake, check out this great New York Times article.
But regardless of where the cake originated, red velvet cakes and cupcakes have become an American tradition that is holding on strong. Whether it’s Christmas, Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or even a wedding day, red velvet is a wonderful way to celebrate!
- Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
- Double Dark Chocolate Beet Muffins
- Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting
Around the Web:
- Red Velvet Cake from Smitten Kitchen
- Red Velvet Cupcakes from Firefly Pie
- Red Velvet Cupcakes with Sprinkles Cream Cheese Frosting from Alice Q. Foodie
- Red Velvet Cupcakes from Off the (meat)hook
- Red Velvet Black and White Cookies from Joy the Baker