As a baker, one of my favorite moments is the look on a customers face when they bite into one of my gourmet desserts. The eye roll into the back of the head, the finger licking, all of that is LITERALLY pure heaven to me. It means I'm doing something right.
I can honestly say that nothing gives that gratifying look more than our Southern Red Velvet cupcake. No lie-EVERYONE loves it. Ok, maybe not everyone-theres about one or two crazies out there who don't like it. Just kidding! Believe me, I understand that you can't please everyone, and that there will never be ONE red velvet recipe that everyone loves. However, the overwhelming majority of our customers love our recipe. Don't believe me? Check out our Yelp reviews here or our Facebook reviews here.
Growing up, Red Velvet was the cake that we looked forward to at every family function. It was THE cake to have. So when it's done wrong, I take personal offense. Our friends/family are top secret with their recipes so as I got older, I had to experiment with my own.
While I'm not here to force you into trying our red velvet cupcake, what I am here to do is tell you what a true southern red velvet should and should NOT be. Here are my top 3 red velvet Do's and Dont's:
Red Velvet Do's and Don'ts:
1) DON'T believe that Red Velvet is just a chocolate cake dyed red: If I hear this foolishness ONE more time. Red Velvet is not a chocolate cake dyed red, nor is it a vanilla cake dyed red. A True southern red velvet is the perfect balance of vanilla and chocolate and has subtle hints of both throughout the cake.
2) DON"T trust a Red Velvet cake made with butter: If you see a red velvet cake recipe that calls for butter-run. In order to develop the perfect light, airy, moist crumb, the red velvet MUST be made with oil. Moreover, in MY Opinion (but hey, what do I know?)-I don't want to taste a buttery aftertaste in my red velvet cake.
3) DO enjoy your Red Velvet cake with cream cheese frosting: Death to any Red Velvet Cake/Cupcake that is NOT served with cream cheese frosting. If it's not served with cream cheese frosting, its not red velvet.
So there you have it, my top 3 Do's and Don't for Red Velvet Cake. Again, don't take my word for it. Stop by our Dessert Bar at Freehold Raceway Mall to try our Red Velvet cupcake for yourself!