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What's So Good About Red Velvet Cake (Split from L.A. board]

This is a little off-topic, but could someone explain what is so good about red velvet cake? If it's the cream cheese frosting (which I love), isn't carrot cake more complex and satisfying? And if it's just the pretty color, well, who cares what color your cake is? I've only had it a couple times in my life (and in cupcake form), but I just didn't quite get it. I mean, it was fine, but IMHO there are just so many other spectacular desserts out there that I would rather have!

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    1. I've been wondering the same thing. Even after being informed by other diners that a version I was eating was an excellent one, I still didn't get what was so great about it. Very plain.

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      1. Except for the over dyed color it's boring.

        1. Have you tried making the red velvet cake that Cook's Illustrated (aka CI on this board) published a few months ago? I've had a lot of not so special red velvet cake until I made this one ... in addition to the cocoa flavor if you use a quality chocolate, it's the very delicate crumb that the vinegar creates. Actually, it kind of reminds me of Devil's Food in that way. But red. So ... yes, the color makes it special, too. Personally, I *love* the expressions when I cut through what looks like a carrot cake to reveal a blood red center. Novelty? Suuuuure.

          1. I know people who LOVE red velvet cake. All it is is a fairly boring cocoa cake with red food coloring. I don't get the appeal. But I live in the South, so I have to be careful where & to whom I say that! One of my best friends, a foodie, loves red velvet cake & says it's one of her favorites. I just don't get it.

            If people want a red cake, I'd rather take an excellent German Chocolate cake or my recipe file classic Crazyman Cake and just put red dye in it.

            Whenever I see red velvet cake now, I think of Steel Magnolias, when the crazy lady made the red velvet cake in the shape of an armadillo, and when she cut it open, it pretty much looked like the vast majority of armadillos we see - - cut open and bright red. She should have served it on a platter with highway divider lines on it!

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              1. re: luv2bake

                That is hilarious!
                I totally forgot about the armadillo cake in Steel Magnolias! The fact that it was bloody looking when they cut into it was disgusting.
                I didn't even know that was red velvet cake. I thought red velvet cake was a new trend.