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Dec 21, 2008 07:24 AM

Red velvet cake at Costco?

Costco has red velvet cake. It's charming, and the sample was tasty, with what seemed like cream cheese icing. I've never had it before, and was wondering how it would rate if you knew what to expect.

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  1. We had one here at the office which I finally had to ask the staff to move, because I kept nibbling at it. It was the best commercial Red Velvet cake I've had. Totally YUMBO!

    1. I guess it depends on if you like RVC or not. I've had it a couple times and have been very unimpressed based on the raves it gets from others.

      I will however say that that as a general rule of thumb, if it's from Costco, it's good.


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      1. re: Davwud

        RVC is a chocolate or chocolate fudge cake with a lot of food coloring and an icing other than chocolate, usually cream cheese.

        Costco chocolate cake is very good, according to many, but I am not a chocolate nor sweets person.

        1. re: Cathy

          I know what it is. I just don't get all the fuss. But that's another thread.


          1. re: Cathy

            Actually the cocoa powder in Red Velvet is used for it's coloring effect when in the presence of an acid (vinegar and/or buttermilk), which is reddish. It should not taste of chocolate except for possibly the slightest hint and some recipes do not list cocoa as an ingredient at all. The primary flavor should be of buttermilk. If it is of chocolate, you have made Devil's Food, not Red Velvet. This myth of the chocolate flavored Red Velvet is perpetuated by commercial bakeries, such as Spr***les, who sell their Devil's Food and call it Red Velvet, I assume out of fear that most folks don't want a buttermilk flavored cake.

            1. re: PommeDeGuerre

              When I see cocoa in the recipe, I don't even bother trying.

              If I had known it was more of a buttermilk flavor, I would have tried it the few times I have seen it.

              Thank you PDG. I will be on the lookout for an authentic RVC and try it.

              1. re: Cathy

                Did you ever try one??

                When I first posted on this thread I was squarely in the "hate it" category. I've since had it done extremely well and now think it's great. I even made it once however I coloured it blue instead as it was for a get together with a blue and white theme.


                1. re: Davwud

                  Yes, since my post in 2008, I've tried many. Very few have had a buttermilk base and most have had a decidedly cocoa/ chocolate cake flavor.

                  The ones that did have buttermilk (three) were made from scratch; each was very moist and a bit 'delicate' with a light 'crumb' ...not the same as 'cake' cake...if that makes any sense.

                  1. re: Cathy

                    I don't think I follow.

                    What it sounds like to me is the ones which you've more enjoyed seem to be made properly.

                    Is that correct??

                    As for your last part, yes, I understand that. I found when I made it, it seemed to be held together rather tenuously.


                    1. re: Davwud

                      By December 25, 2008 (the date of my comment), I had only consumed chocolate/fudge flavored red colored 'velvet cake' and was never impressed with the flavor.

                      Now that you are following up with me (almost six years later), I must admit I have indeed had a chance to try bites of many versions of 'Red Velvet Cake' and have enjoyed the flavor of 'proper' versions, made with just a touch of cocoa and more buttermilk as the base, probably because those versions are less sweet.

                      A few weeks ago, I had occasion to try the Costco version and was not impressed. It was fresh, but quite chocolate/cocoa-ish and sweet.

            2. re: Cathy

              That is not what a red velvet cake it. It has a small amount of cocoa...nothing like a chocolate or fudge cake has. It is buttermilk that give it the flavor.

          2. I have to say I am a Costco fan but this cake is not good at all. Actually I bought for my mom Bday and I was totally embarassed. No one had a compliment on the cake and it doesn't even taste like cake. The frosting does taste very good but taste so commercial and if you read the ingredients you understand why...about 25 lines of items you don't know.

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            1. re: ChefDulce

              I am pregnant and have been craving for these Rvcc. I had the sample a few weeks back n have been fighting the temptation daily.Well today is my breaking point. Soft cake bottom fluffy creamy light cream cheese frosting...mmmmmmm here I come .Costco bound in the next hour.

              1. re: ChefDulce

                I love RVC but agree with you. I bought the cupcake version at Costco last year and did not like it. Icing was too much sugar, not enough cream cheese. Cake was forgettable. Duncan Hines mix makes a better RVC than Costco, and I am a Costco fan.

              2. Red Velvet cupcakes were underwhelming.

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                1. re: Mister Big

                  I would say that anything Red Velvet made poorly is underwhelming. I don't think it's confined to just cupcakes.


                  1. re: Davwud

                    So Costco had no cupcakes n didnt want the whole giant sized rvc so ended up at safeway about to cut it tonight and see if this helps .My godmother says I should make one.. So anybody have any secrets or tips for me ..I wanna make it soon n ...just thought I would ask ...I'll let you know what the Safeway version is hitten on!!

                    1. re: nina2lips

                      Check the Home Cooking board, recent discussion on RVC there.

                      1. re: nina2lips

                        As I mentioned upthread, I use the Dancan Hines mix. I did so because someone one CH recommended it and it's something I make no more than once a year. It's convenient not to have to keep red food coloring in the spice cabinet, and I don't bake with chocolate enough to want cocoa powder on hand, either - RVC uses so little of it. If you try and like the mix, you're all set. If it's not to your liking, you can always move on to comparing recipes and choosing one.

                        For cream cheese frosting, I mix marshmallow fluff, whipped cream cheese, and vanilla. That way I can easily control the sweetness, and it's airier than regular cream cheese frosting.