best red velvet cake recipe?
Why thank you. I ended up making the cake from the thread referenced earlier, Mom Mom's. I used fancy butter instead of crisco and a mix of liquid and gel red dye (I miscalculated when buying the former, didn't have enough!) In any case, it was terrific. Quite an arresting color, and the frosting was dynamite. Just a terrific cake overall.
McCormick spices has a great, simple red velvet cake recipe on its site (sorry don't know how to embed links). As well I made the red velvet cake from the epicurious site "Red Velvet Cake with Blueberries and Raspberries", Bon Appetit 2003, omitting berries during the holidays and it was a great hit. The typical complaint about this cake is that it can be dry, I brushed the layers with a simple sugar syrup before frosting.
Buttermilk keeps the RV cake moist. I don't think I've ever had a dry RV cake, it's usually too moist. Often too sweet for my taste and I adjust the sugar both in the cake and in the frosting. I recently made a RV cheesecake. Super moist, almost wet and on the sweeter side..recipe still needs work. RV in cupcake form is my preference because I can splurge without the commitment to a big slice or whole cake. But, for presentation and WOW factor, especially for newcomers, RV is in the top 5.
I *think* this is the recipe my husband has made with success a couple of times: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... I am a big fan of red velvet cake-- the light chocolate taste, the kitsch. One pet peeve I have is that it isn't supposed to have cream cheese frosting, which is what most people use. It's supposed to have a boiled icing (at least according to my very southern grandma). Here's her recipe:
(Prep 1st and let cool in fridge.)
Cook until thick:
1 c. milk
5 T. flour
1 c. butter
1 c. 10x sugar
1 t. vanilla
Beat with mixer until creamy. Add cooled milk mixture slowly.
It's pretty basic and I've actually never made it myself, but it's legit. I won't judge, though, if you go with cream cheese ;)