Red velvet is one of the most beloved cake flavors out there. The cakes are traditionally buttermilk cakes with a hint of cocoa flavor and a vibrant red hue, topped with generous smears of cream cheese frosting. Red velvet cakes are always a welcome treat for a special occasion, when a towering layer cake is needed to make an impact, but layer cakes aren’t the only way to get your red velvet fix. The Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook: Best-Ever Versions for Everything Red Velvet, with More than 50 Scrumptious Sweets and Treats is packed with recipes that let you make all kinds of goodies with the same flavor and color as a classic red velvet cake.
The book starts with a brief introduction to red velvet, explaining how the cake first came about. The red color, initially, was only a hint of red that came from the reaction between natural cocoa powder and an acidic ingredient, like buttermilk or vinegar. These days, red food coloring boosts up that color for a much more eye-catching shade, so you’ll want to have some on hand when you try these recipes. The recipes are divided into categories that include classic cakes, as well as breakfast treats, cookies, brownies and breads. Red velvet cakes sometimes intimidate bakers, but these recipes are clearly written and easy to follow, so any baker should get great results with the recipes.
The recipes are all accompanied by beautiful photos of the finished dishes, as well as baking tips that will ensure you can troubleshoot any problems that pop up along the way. Red velvet fans will have a lot of fun playing around with these recipes and getting inspired to come up with their own red velvet creations.
JoApril 2, 2015
I was curious to learn more about Red Velvet as I didn’t know what is was suppose to be exactly or where it came from (other than having that brilliant colour of course.) I attempted one recently using a cake mix, but I don’t think it turned out as well as it would have to follow a recipe from scratch. This looks like a really neat book that might hold the answers I am looking for.
Emily @ HCPApril 3, 2015
Thank you so much for the kind review, we are so glad you are enjoying Deborah’s book! 🙂
ErnieApril 23, 2015
I understand, when watching a PBS show, that Red Velvet came from an accident that a baker made somewhere in the mid-west, I think it was Louisiana. do a search for history of Red Velvet and you will find out the “Rest of the Story”.