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How do you make Red Velvet Cake Taste Good?

post #1 of 52
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I just don't get it. TV cake shows expound the virtues of Red Velvet cake so 50% of my brides want to taste it during a consultation. Because it doesn't have any taste they end up not ordering it. Doesn't taste like Vanilla and Doesn't Taste like chocolate either. Honestly, it's very blah. I used the standard recipe with buttermilk. Searched the web for recipes that have been kicked up a notch but found the same old ingredients - seems to be pretty standard. In an effort to make it taste like something, I drizzled cherry brandy over a piece and that made all the difference in the world. Besides the striking color, I just don't get the attraction.
post #2 of 52
i don't get the attraction either....i have made several recipes and it just tastes like cake...i am glad it is not just me who has that problem
post #3 of 52
Here in Ireland red velvet cake isn't very common, and I've been making it for a few months now. Without exception, everyone has raved about it! I make the traditional flour frosting and the whole thing is gorgeous icon_biggrin.gif
post #4 of 52
I've had that issue with Red Velvet, but for Christmas this year I made one and accidently added too much vanilla in it. The family just raved! Said it was not only the best red velvet, but the best cake they'd had. So maybe play around with the flavorings. SeriousCakes uses Vanilly Butter Nut flavoring in hers. I think she said McCormick makes it, but I've yet to find it.
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post #5 of 52
It's definitely a matter of personal taste. I absolutely love CakeMan Raven's recipe ... I'm generally a much bigger fan of caking than I am of eating the cake, and while I'll have a a few bites of cake and appreciate it, I'm not the person who can't help herself and has to have another bite of cake.

But this recipe of Red Velvet has a lovely taste. Like you said, not vanilla, and certainly not chocolate. Just its own delicious, mildly sweet, slightly tangy taste. Icing is, literally, just icing on the cake for me icon_smile.gif.

But I can see how it would not be for everybody, particularly if you're looking for a strong taste (such as chocolate or lemon).
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post #6 of 52
I'm a southern girl, so I love red velvet. A good red velvet cake should taste similar to a frosty from Wendy's (which I also love). I usually add 1 or 2 tbls of extra cocoa powder to any recipe I use. And, for every tbls of cocoa added, you need to also add 2 extra tbls or fat (ie butter or oil).
post #7 of 52
I agree with the OP, I just don't get all the hype of red velvet, I have yet to find a good red velvet cake recipe.
post #8 of 52
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Originally Posted by emiyeric

It's definitely a matter of personal taste. I absolutely love CakeMan Raven's recipe ... I'm generally a much bigger fan of caking than I am of eating the cake, and while I'll have a a few bites of cake and appreciate it, I'm not the person who can't help herself and has to have another bite of cake.

But this recipe of Red Velvet has a lovely taste. Like you said, not vanilla, and certainly not chocolate. Just its own delicious, mildly sweet, slightly tangy taste. Icing is, literally, just icing on the cake for me icon_smile.gif.

But I can see how it would not be for everybody, particularly if you're looking for a strong taste (such as chocolate or lemon).



I don't know if hes back in business but did you hear the health board shut CAke man Raven down over the winter. He had 4 health critical violations. Gross!
post #9 of 52
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Originally Posted by mplaidgirl2

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Originally Posted by emiyeric

It's definitely a matter of personal taste. I absolutely love CakeMan Raven's recipe ... I'm generally a much bigger fan of caking than I am of eating the cake, and while I'll have a a few bites of cake and appreciate it, I'm not the person who can't help herself and has to have another bite of cake.

But this recipe of Red Velvet has a lovely taste. Like you said, not vanilla, and certainly not chocolate. Just its own delicious, mildly sweet, slightly tangy taste. Icing is, literally, just icing on the cake for me icon_smile.gif.

But I can see how it would not be for everybody, particularly if you're looking for a strong taste (such as chocolate or lemon).



I don't know if hes back in business but did you hear the health board shut CAke man Raven down over the winter. He had 4 health critical violations. Gross!

This aint the first time he's been shut down either. I *used* to love his cakes. Sigh...

I love Red Velvet. My ultimate favorite recipe is Rose Levy's Red Velvet Cake from her book Heavenly Cakes. Very moist and tender and the flavor is the best!
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post #10 of 52
I have made CakeMan Raven's red velvet and I quite liked it. This past weekend I wanted to try another recipe so I made Bobby Flay's Red Velvet cake. This was from one of his Throwdown shows that I believe he won. They do have a bit more chocolatey flavour.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/red-velvet-cake-recipe/index.html

I also wanted to try a different cream cheese buttercream because I don't like traditional cream cheese icings. So I made a variation of IndyDebi's buttercream. With the white chocolate added it tasted amazing. And my taste testers all raved. Even DH liked them. It's on page 3 of this thread, posted my Mamawrobin.

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=685989&postdays=0&postorder=asc&&start=30

Here's what they looked like:

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2028904
post #11 of 52
Red Velvet is my biggest seller here in California. The taste your looking for is not the vanilla or the cocoa it's the twang if you will that the vinegar and the buttermilk give it. I use the Cake Raven recipe too, and I have had a great success with it. I do of course add a twist to the cream cheese frosting.
post #12 of 52
My favorite Red Velvet cake i have made or ever tasted is the Red Velvet Cake on Martha Stewarts web site.........YUMMY....PROMISE.
post #13 of 52
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Originally Posted by emiyeric

It's definitely a matter of personal taste. I absolutely love CakeMan Raven's recipe ... I'm generally a much bigger fan of caking than I am of eating the cake, and while I'll have a a few bites of cake and appreciate it, I'm not the person who can't help herself and has to have another bite of cake.

But this recipe of Red Velvet has a lovely taste. Like you said, not vanilla, and certainly not chocolate. Just its own delicious, mildly sweet, slightly tangy taste. Icing is, literally, just icing on the cake for me icon_smile.gif.

But I can see how it would not be for everybody, particularly if you're looking for a strong taste (such as chocolate or lemon).




LOVE cake man ravens RV Cake! the recipe calls for only a teaspoon coccoa powder, I add two table spoons and ITS PERFECT! Ive had brides taste it, and they have raved over it!
post #14 of 52
Red Velvet is my favorite cake. I think there are many recipes out there... just like any other flavor... that aren't that great. My favorite starts with Cakeman Raven's and I adjust it. I also tend to dump vanilla bean paste in all of my batters, so that may be part of it. I hate chocolate (and own a bakery). If you love chocolate, this cake may just taste like a diluted chocolate cake. So this cake is just a matter of preference... some like it, some don't. Also, in my opinion, this and spice cake are the worst box mixes. I only bake scratch, but have had the mixes. This may be another problem with the flavor.
post #15 of 52
I had actually never had Red Velvet cake until earlier this year. I figured that since I plan on starting a business some day and Red Velvet is so popular I should be able to make it. I tried a WASC recipe with the Duncan Hines Red Velvet mix, I tried Cakeman Raven's recipe and I bought a grocery store cake just cause I didn't know how a Red Velvet cake "should" taste. The Cakeman Raven recipe was hand's down my favorite. I have to say each cake I sampled was distinctly different, so I still don't know how it is supposed to taste and what people expect when they ask for red velvet, lol! But if anyone ever asks me to make them a Red Velvet cake I would go with Cakeman Raven's.... As far as liking the taste, I really did like it, it was really yummy and just talking about has got me craving it!
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