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Red Velvet Cake in Pasadena

mocro Mar 30, 2010 09:59 PM

Can you take another red velvet thread?

I need a red velvet cake for Easter in Pasadena environs and I'd like it to be beautiful as well as delicious. Auntie Em's is well-reviewed on this site, but some have said it isn't that pretty . I'm going to be in Long Beach on Saturday and the RVC at Bake & Broil is well reviewed. Do they sell whole cakes? Thanks.

  1. monku Mar 30, 2010 10:05 PM

    Bake & Broil sells whole cakes, but call ahead to make sure they hold one for you.

    1. ipsedixit Mar 30, 2010 10:07 PM

      Cake Sensations on Fair Oaks and Hope.

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        mocro Mar 30, 2010 10:11 PM

        Wow. Talk about fast replies. I'm also thinking cupcakes might work even better for a crowd. Is Cake Sensations next to the Fair Oaks Pharmacy? I've never used them. Thanks for the tips.

        1. re: mocro
          crystaw Mar 31, 2010 04:18 PM

          I like the red velvet cupcakes from Dots-they have them in minis as well! Their cupcakes are very cute.

      2. monku Mar 31, 2010 04:31 PM

        Personally, I'd get the new RVC that Costco makes for $9.99.
        It isn't bad andmost people wouldn't have tried it yet and it will become a conversation piece.

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        1. re: monku
          buttermarblepopcorn Mar 31, 2010 04:46 PM

          I'd have to disagree. I have a weird suspicion that my Costco's RVC wasn't like yours, Monku, since (as I'd posted in that thread that was moved to Chains that) my cake was not only *not* rustically mounded like yours, it was a bit on the dry side, the frosting tasted like mostly regular frosting with some cream cheese thrown in for good measure, and the cake was flavorless. It just tasted like an average cake made with sugar. It looked quite factory-made, so I don't think it would impress visually, either. It had, strangely, crumbs of the red cake sprinkled haphazardly over the top and sides of the cake, which I thought looked really lame. Lastly, the color of the cake wasn't that pretty -- it was neither a bright red nor a deep chocolatey red but somewhere in between that struck me immediately as not the pretty color I'm used to seeing. Oh well.

          1. re: buttermarblepopcorn
            monku Mar 31, 2010 06:42 PM

            My daughter can't wait till we get another one.
            She thinks the one at Bake & Broil is dry compared to the Costco RVC. She's given up on the B&B RVC and switched to their German chocolate cake. As far as color what's the difference it's all red food coloring. The red sprinkled crumbs on the outside is something I've seen done on other places that make RVC.

            1. re: monku
              buttermarblepopcorn Mar 31, 2010 07:45 PM

              Yeah, I agree that the shade of red shouldn't be a big deal -- although I must say that a significant part of the RVC's appeal for me is its coloring, with that bright, eye-catching red contrasted with its pure snow-white frosting -- but I only pointed it out (and the crumbs) because the OP was concerned about appearances as well as taste.

          2. re: monku
            mocro Mar 31, 2010 07:04 PM

            I test drove the RVC at Costco this week and thought the frosting - which is the best part of RVC! - tasted like white frosting w/a hint of creme cheese. Ok for after a weekday dinner but not for bringing to a party. Think I may make one myself as it sure looks easy - especially the Cake Doctor version.

            1. re: mocro
              taiwanesesmalleats Jul 6, 2011 12:18 PM

              I just tried the RVC from Costco this weekend and I very much support the frosting. It isn't sickly sweet or overpowering like most cream cheese frosting. It's light with just enough tang that it goes well with the moist cake that is just chocolate-y enough to know it's red velvet and not chocolate cake. Highly recommended IMO.

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            Fru Mar 31, 2010 08:08 PM

            Violet's in Pasadena is the way to go if you want cupcakes. http://www.violetscakes.com/ They are wonderful!

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              crystaw Mar 31, 2010 09:55 PM

              Violet's does make some darn tasty cupcakes! But I wasn't a big fan of their red velvet

              1. re: crystaw
                Fru Apr 1, 2010 06:56 PM

                Since I can almost always taste the red food coloring in Red Velvet, I've given up on even trying it. So honestly, I have never had it at Violet's. I am way too content with her chocolate and mocha flavors.

                1. re: Fru
                  crystaw Apr 2, 2010 12:13 AM

                  Have you had the neopolitan!? It's funny looking but yummy!

                  1. re: crystaw
                    Fru Apr 2, 2010 06:44 PM

                    I'm going to have to get past bad memories of Neapolitan Ice Cream Soup first....What flavor is the red part?

                    1. re: Fru
                      crystaw Apr 3, 2010 09:33 PM

                      Neapolitan Ice Cream Soup? Yeah-that just sounds bad to me. Here's the description of the Neapolitan from Violet's website:

                      Neapolitan- A cousin to our Hi-Hat, this cupcake is amazing. A madagascar vanilla cupcake piped with our fresh strawberry buttercreme then dipped into chololate.

                      Normally I don't like frosting or frosting like things, but this strawberry buttercreme was delish.

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              catbert Apr 1, 2010 07:59 PM

              i like the red velvet cupcakes at claims jumpers...

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                mbh65 Apr 2, 2010 05:12 PM

                I like the RVC @ La Grande Orange, and they may sell whole cakes. You may also want to try Violet's Cakes

                Violet's Cakes
                21 E Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103

                La Grande Orange
                260 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105

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                1. re: mbh65
                  crystaw Apr 5, 2010 05:58 PM

                  The red velvet at La Grande Orange is good-I didn't mention it since I wasn't sure if they sold the cakes whole.

                  La Grande Orange
                  260 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105

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                  highforpie Apr 4, 2010 03:36 PM

                  I had the red velvet cupcakes from dots a couple weeks ago...very good, and I'm not particularly a red velvet fan...I liked them because they were very moist, not too sweet, and not an overbearing amount of frosting...proportions were good.

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                  1. re: highforpie
                    SIMIHOUND Apr 5, 2010 04:00 PM

                    I had the Costco RVC yesterday and I loved it. It was not too sweet as I have had many times before.

                    1. re: SIMIHOUND
                      taiwanesesmalleats Apr 5, 2010 04:04 PM

                      I spied this at the Alhambra Costco location on Saturday, 4/3. They had moved a cold unit close to the front entrance and it was full of RVC.

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                    Sybariticminx Apr 6, 2010 11:02 PM

                    I've had Dots and Violet's RVC and I think My Sweet Cupcake in South Pasadena has them both beat.

                    My Sweet Cupcake
                    954 Mission St South, Pasadena, CA

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                      annicus Jun 30, 2011 11:55 AM

                      I have tried the red velvet cupcakes at dots and violets and didn't like either of them.

                      However, the RVC at La Grande Orange is delicious. It is by far my favorite red velvet cake. I always get a slice when I'm eating there, and we order it at work for my birthday (the past 2 years). I just had a slice right now!

                      So yes, you can get a whole cake - it's different in that it's rectangular rather than round. You probably have to call ahead and order it - I'm not sure if you can just walk in and pick one up. I am also not sure if they'll customize it or anything. It's very dense and has about 5 or 6 thin layers of cake with lots of decadent cream cheese frosting in between. I am one of those people who definitely thinks there IS such a thing as being too sweet, but I assure you, this cake is not. It is the perfect balance of sweet, creamy, and moist.

                      La Grande Orange Cafe
                      260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

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