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Red Velvet Cake in DC, MD, or NoVA?

I am trying to find out where I can find red velvet cake in DC, MD or Northern VA. Stores, diners, bakeries, anything. I am the worst baker and ordering them online is very expensive. I thought I'd try this first. Your recommendations will be very helpful. Thanks!

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  1. There was a thread similar to this maybe a month or so ago.... I think that person was asking for both red velvet and german chocolate, and I might also be getting it mixed up with one about cupcakes. In any case, you might search for those earlier threads, while you wait for others to weigh in here.

    1. call heidelberg pastry shoppe in arlington. they are great! ask! (they did a fab wedding cake in marzipan for me!)

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      1. re: alkapal

        Thank you. I contacted Heidlberg Pastry Shoppe in Arlington and was able to place an order for the Red Velvet cake.

        This was very helpful.

        1. re: Lanalobell

          hey that's great to know! lanalobell, how was the cake? i hope it's fabulous for you.

      2. I could swear I saw it yesterday @ The Common Ground Coffee Shop in Hampden, Baltimore.
        819 W. 36th St.
        Baltimore, MD 21211
        (410) 235-5533

        1. Fine Sweet Shoppe at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill in DC used to have them. Jenny Glasgow told me that she was going to start baking them again now that the new East Hall is open following the fire.
          Call her to see if she's got them or is willing to bake one for you. Everyone will be glad to have them back. 202-543-9729

          1. Try Buzz in Alexandria. They have red velvet cupcakes. I don't know about cake but you can ask. http://www.buzzonslaters.com/

            1. Sweet Christina's on Route 123 and Main St. in Historic Fairfax. Excellent red velvet cake!

              1. I luv the red velvet at Creative Cakes in Silver Spring, MD.

                1. You could also try Wegman's or Randolph Bakery, which makes incredible cakes.

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                  1. re: ktmoomau

                    I was impressed with the Red Velvet cake I picked up from Wegman's last year -- this one was done jelly roll style. Probably a good thing that it's an inconvenient place for me to shop.

                    1. re: weezycom

                      I haven't seen the jellyroll style one, that sounds great. I like to make pumpkin rolls, but I never thought about doing red velvet... I might have to try to make that. (And get one for R&D of course) Thanks for the info.

                      1. re: ktmoomau

                        how pretty that red velvet jelly roll would be in a white chocolate buche de noel!

                  2. My mom is a connosieur of red velvet cake and she says that the one at the Red Sage restaurant in downtown near the Warner theatre is great!

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                      1. re: ktmoomau

                        I have heard they just reopened recently.

                        1. re: PJ4

                          I hadn't heard this. I used to LOVE Red Sage, they used to be on opentable and are not back up on opentable, but the website is still up, I might have to call when I get home and check on this. But they had been closed for a while now.

                    1. What makes Red Velvet cake special? Isn't it just regular white cake with red dye, or is there something else goin' on?

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                      1. re: ClevelandDave

                        I'm not a fan of Red Velvet cake. I usually find it to be too sweet for my taste. I don't remember the last time I saw red velvet cake at a DC bakery, but I have seen red velvet cupcakes at Baked & Wired in Georgetown.

                        1. re: ClevelandDave

                          Traditional RVC evolved from a chocolate cake made with powdered cocoa, introduced by Hershey's into the American market in 1894. Before then, there were few chocolate desserts in ordinary American kitchens because chocolate was an expensive import and didn't keep well in stores or on pantry shelves before air-conditioning.
                          The first chocolate cakes were called "Devil's Food Cakes."
                          The cocoa sometimes reacted with acid baking ingredients and turned a deep mahogany color and the cake was often called "Red Devil Cake." Through the years, people began to use red food coloring to emphasize the red color, but cocoa is still included along with acid ingredients such as vinegar and buttermilk, which give RVC its distinctive tang.
                          Traditional RVC never, ever, ever uses cream cheese icing. That is a modern alteration to the recipe that became common following the national publicity that the cake received in the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias.

                        2. More than just the taste (which is basically a yellow cake with a smattering of cocoa), there's just something quaint and old-fashioned and comforting and satisfying about a good red velvet cake. As a result, if I happen to see it, I always get a slice (and am disappointed 2 out of 3 times). For me, the hands-down the best red velvet cake I've had in the Baltimore/NoVa area is at Spro Coffee, located in the Towson library (410-296-0023).