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Old fashioned cooked vanilla frosting???

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Can food coloring be added to old fashioned cooked vanilla frosting?

Would anyone suggest this for red velvet cupcakes?

Is this a frosting that should be consumed right away or will it keep overnight in the fridge?

Any advice/help with this frosting would be much appreciated. I have never made it before but want to steer away from the standard cream cheese frosting for these cupcakes.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Yes, absolutely use cooked vanilla frosting on red velvet!
    That is the old traditional frosting - cream cheese is a later addition. I had always heard of cream cheese frosting on carrot cake, and was puzzled to find some years back that people had started putting it on red velvet.
    No reason why you can't color it.
    It will keep overnight - I never put it in the fridge, but I don't recall any problem with it. I use an old recipe for the cake and the frosting that was given to me in the 70's by a friend's mother who was raised in the south. She made this wonderful red cake that I'd never seen or heard of before, having lived most of my life in the Midwest and California. I asked her for the recipe, and until I moved to Georgia 11 years ago, I had never tasted commercially made red velvet. It never lives up to her recipe, though.

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    1. re: jmcarthur8

      They are fantastic! Thanks for your input! The frosting is yummy and keeps just fine on the counter. No issues with adding food coloring either.