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An Overview of Red Velvet Cake 03:02

Olivia O'Neal

Learn the about the history and basic techniques behind making red velvet cake.

An Overview of Red Velvet Cake 03:02

Olivia O'Neal

Learn the about the history and basic techniques behind making red velvet cake.

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The Steps

  1. 1. As red velvet cake is flavored with cocoa powder, it is technically considered a chocolate cake. The more cocoa powder that is used, the richer and deeper the flavor will be. 00:57

  2. 2. In the 50s and 60s, mayonnaise was commonly used in red velvet recipes. While Chef Olivia does not add it into her cupcakes, some bakeries still do to give it a buttery and silky texture. 01:48

  3. 4. The traditional frosting used for red velvet is cream cheese frosting. Another common alternative is chocolate frosting. 02:22

What You'll Need

Ingredients

- Red velvet cake

Chef Notes

Red velvet first appeared in the early 1900s. It is suspected that when the leavening agent -  either baking soda or baking powder - reacted with the vinegar, it produced a red color. Modern versions of the confection use different forms of red food coloring to achieve the signature color.

The Adams Extract company claims to have invented the “real” red velvet recipe in the 1940s . It was created as a marketing strategy to encourage people to buy their food coloring.

To learn how to make velvet cupcakes, visit Chef Olivia's “Southern Belle Red Velvet Cupcake” tutorial located at the bottom of the page. 

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Chef Olivia O'Neal

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Chef Olivia O’neal is the owner of Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop in Austin, Texas, where she produces sweets made with high-quality a... read more