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Doughboys' Red Velvet

Ndelible May 17, 2007 09:14 PM

Finally tried this last week, even though I've worked close for over two years. We got the red velvet, hummingbird and german chocolate cakes. At first, we thought the hummingbird was the best, but a few bites of that one go a long way. The frosting on both (same) was awesome! The red velvet came up on us. However, the german chocolate was terrible. The cake was dry as was the frosting. How can you mess up the usually awesome coconut walnut frosting????

I went back this week for the red velvet and was disappointed. The frosting - still awesome. But the cake, oh the cake - terrible. No taste whatsoever, however, very moist. What a disappointment. I guess I'll get myself over to Toast and see what what they're baking up.

  1. emmaramma May 18, 2007 08:43 PM

    I had the exact same experience. A friend told me Doughboy's red velvet cake was "the best". But like you said, the cake part was pretty tasteless. I think they put too much food coloring in it. Same with Toast sometimes. On the other hand, the one at Ralphs is too dry... The perfect balance I've found is in the red velvet cupcake at Sprinkles. I think you'll like their cream cheese frosting too. YUMM. : )

    I wish I knew where to get a nice big hunk of good red velvet though b/c those small cupcakes aren't enough and I don't wanna drop $20 on 6 cupcakes...

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    1. re: emmaramma
      Ndelible May 18, 2007 08:49 PM

      Oh, I just don't get Sprinkles. I thought that the red velvet was very heavy. I like light, flavorful cake and yummy frosting. With Sprinkles, I thought the frosting was heavy too. I think the frosting at Doughboy's is vastly superior. I have to go find a real good soul food place, I bet that's really where the best red velvet cake is lurking.

      1. re: Ndelible
        emmaramma May 18, 2007 09:28 PM

        I had a lighter yummy red velvet roll cake from this supermarket called Harris Teeter in South Carolina ($6 for a huge hunk - my kind of cake : P). Thought you might like that one and tried to find a HT in LA. Unfortunately, they're all in the South or the East. Boo. : (

        Anywho. Good luck with the search, and hope you can share the 411 (OMG I'm dating myself) w/ us once you find said soulful cake. : )

        1. re: emmaramma
          bassbiz May 19, 2007 11:58 AM

          Fellow hound and I went to the Highland location for breakfast/brunch a few weeks ago, we had made room for dessert and were eager to try the highly praise red velvet cake. Boy, we were disappointed. The cake itself is very moist, however the frosting too sweet and they used way too much red dye, so much you can't even taste the chocolate. Between the two of us we couldnt even finish half of the cake and didn't want to anyway, I'm thinking the red velvet cupcake at Auntie Em's is far more tastier than this cake from Doughboys.

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            running pig May 19, 2007 12:04 PM

            Just out of curiousity, can you actually TASTE the dye or is it just an appearance issue? THANKS!

            1. re: running pig
              Ndelible May 19, 2007 12:14 PM

              Can't really say - it is very red, the cake doesn't have a taste. One of my colleagues asked what flavor it is - we could taste no chocolate at all. It wasn't even a white cake with red coloring. So, while very moist, there is no flavor.

              1. re: Ndelible
                bassbiz May 19, 2007 12:38 PM

                Yep. You hit the nail on the head. If I am going to eat a cake with a 3253252 calories, I dont want it taste like it is fat-free, flavorless and bland.

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      danikm May 17, 2007 09:59 PM

      Hummingbird is definitely the way to go.

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      1. re: danikm
        DoctorQuality May 18, 2007 05:18 PM

        interesting, please explain this hummingbird you speak of

        1. re: DoctorQuality
          Ndelible May 18, 2007 06:26 PM

          The Hummingbird cake was a banana nut spice cake with the cream cheese frosting (same as the red velvet). It is very good, but very rich; three bites and I was done.

          1. re: Ndelible
            emmaramma May 18, 2007 08:25 PM

            "interesting, please explain this hummingbird you speak of"! I imagined Mr. Spock talking. I love it... : D

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              JeetJet May 18, 2007 09:38 PM

              Exactly. That is exactly what I was thinking. Fascinating. However, Hummingbird is a curious name for a curious food. It is logical, flawlessly logical, that DoctorQuality endeavored to learn more about it. Banana nut spice cake with a cream cheese frosting sounds most interesting. I shall consider it. ....Scotty, set the transporter coordinates to....

              Doughboy’s
              8136 W Third St
              Los Angeles, CA
              90048-4309
              (323) 651-4202
              http://www.doughboys.net/

              Live long and prosper.

      2. SauceSupreme May 17, 2007 09:32 PM

        If you take away the crowds, Toast would be a great neighborhood place to eat. Add in the long long lines, and I think to myself, "If I had to wait, I'd rather be waiting at Doughboys."

        The red velvet is hit or miss, whereas the hummingbird is always the most consistent. It has my vote as top cake.

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        1. re: SauceSupreme
          Ndelible May 18, 2007 01:48 PM

          The funny part is that I used to live in the neighborhood and never went to either of these places (Toast or Doughboys). Now that I actually work in the general vicinity, I find myself curious. When I lived over here, I used to drive to Fred 62 for breakfast, go figure.

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