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Red vekvet cake is best eaten with ermine frosting or cream cheese

The Waldorf Astoria is credited with inventing the red velvet cake, or rather claims to do so. In 1943, a cookbook by the name "Joy of Cooking" came up with the recipe for a re velvet cake. Other sources point to the Victorian era for the origins of this delicious dessert. Despite all the claims, the red velvet cake has become a luxurious preference all over the world.

The velvety texture of this cake comes from the interaction of cocoa powder with the coarse flour, which allows the crumb to become soft and refined. Modern recipes call for a combination of acid and cocoa, to allow to cocoa to bloom, and this makes the velvety texture lighter to taste.


Chef mixing cocoa powder in the cake batter. Image source: Photo by Sorin Georghita on Unsplashunsplash

The other origins of the red velvet cake point towards the second world war. Since food was rationed out, luxuries like cocoa powder were not available easily. So, women took to using beetroot juice to get a deep red color in their cake crumb. The use of vinegar contributed to the acidity and buttermilk was added to contain the density. The cocoa content was minimal. That is another reason why the cake has a unique shade of red to it.

Red velvet cake is also considered to be a successor of Devil's food cake, which is an extremely rich cocoa based dessert. It is made from Dutch-processed cocoa, which is darker than regular cocoa but less bitter. This almost black cake is a delight to chocolate lovers because of its smooth texture.

Ermine frosting is made from cooking milk and flour with sugar. Image source: Photo by Owen Bruce on Unsplashunsplash

The most popular frosting options for red velvet cakes are cream cheese and ermine frosting. Ermine frosting involves flour and sugar cooked with milk till it reaches a certain consistency. Cream cheese frosting is cream cheese mixed with sugar and a pinch of lemon to reduce the rancid taste of the cheese. Red velvet cake with either of these white frosting options is most popular during Valentine's day when it is regarded as a romantic staple for couples in love.

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