Red velvet – I am sure just by hearing the name of the cake, you want to have a huge slice right now. It’s one of the most popular cake choices right now. From professional bakers to home bakers, everyone is baking it. Red velvet is immensely popular not just with kids, but also with adults. It’s a universal favourite and appeals to all age groups.
A couple of years back, red velvet was the popular choice for anniversaries. Today, it’s being ordered for birthday parties, kitty parties as a pastry and more. If you have ever wondered why this cake is so popular, it’s origins, how is it made – you can find answers to all these questions today.
Here, in this blog, we share with you interesting tidbits about this ruby-coloured cake and also reveal the secret for the best place to
order red velvet cake online in Gurgaon (psst…that’s us, Whatsapp us at +91-989-9988-185 to satisfy your red velvet cravings).
5 Things that you Probably didn’t know about Red Velvet Cakes
1. It dates back to the early 19th century
This flavour combination combines the subtle sweetness of vanilla with the bittersweet caramelised nuttiness of hazelnuts and almonds. Topped with SMB (Swiss Meringue Buttercream) and crushed praline, this cake is perfect for those who don’t want over-the-top sweet desserts. It makes a good choice for weddings and anniversary celebrations.
2. It’s missing from one of the most popular cookbooks
The Joy of Cooking, published in 1943 by the famous chef Irma S Rombauer is considered one of the most popular cooking books of all time. While this book has a large collection of cake recipes, the red velvet cake is missing in it. When asked, the author stated that “Yes, it’s popular, but not with me.”
3. Initially, it didn’t have any food colouring
Earlier red-velvet cakes didn’t make use of any artificial food colouring. Instead, the reddish-brown colour of the cake was due to the chemical reaction between cocoa powder and buttermilk. However, today, several bakers use red food dyes to give it a bright red colour.
Here, at Gurgaon Bakers, we don’t use artificial food colours. Instead, we make use of beetroot powder to get our bright signature red for our red-velvet delicacies.
4. Adams Extract Company is said to have made the cake popular
As mentioned in the above point, initially, the cake did not have a bright red colour. Instead, the colour was more subtle and was due to the mixture of cocoa, vinegar and buttermilk used in the batter. It was more reddish-brown.
During the Great Depression, families were running low on cash. So, they didn’t spend on extra ingredients like extracts and food colourings. This was bad news for the Adams Extract Company, that specialized in food colours and flavourings.
To overcome reducing sales, the company came up with the Adams Red Velvet Cake recipe. This recipe made use of red food colouring and butter, instead of buttermilk and vinegar. This recipe became popular and red velvet cake once again became popular.
5. Red velvet cake is part of a large number of menus today
In 2009, it was found that red velvet cake was present in 1.5% of all menus. By 2013, the number had risen to 4.1%. Today, red velvet is more than cake – there are plenty of different items made using this flavouring – red velvet brownie, red velvet doughnuts, red velvet milkshakes, red velvet smoothies, red velvet waffles and more.
So, what are you waiting for? Reach out to Gurgaon Bakers, place your order for red velvet cake online, and get your red velvet fix! We’ve got a special hearts edition of our red velvet cake – paired with cream cheese frosting, this is indeed a treat for your taste buds.