Over the past decade, red velvet cupcakes have taken over the bakery scene with full force. Not only is the flavor popular with cupcakes, but the popular flavor has transitioned into the cake ball, frozen yogurt, cookies, and pancake scene.
The origin of the cake dates to the 1800s, but it was the “signature cake” of New York City’s Waldorf Astoria in the 1920s and gained a lot more attention from the 1989 film “Steel Magnolias.”
Interestingly enough, the cupcakes and cakes are nothing more than devil’s food cake with red food coloring! This means you can take your favorite devil’s food cake recipe or a devil’s food boxed cake, and simply add red food coloring to make it a red velvet dish.
Cream cheese frosting
Another key component to making red velvet baked goods is the frosting: It is not just any old white frosting, it is cream cheese frosting. So if you want to experiment with your culinary skills and attempt at making an off-beat red velvet dish (say, red velvet brownies), then do not only focus on making the appearance red and the taste cocoa-rich, but be sure to also add a cream cheese component to it.
A great way of doing this without using frosting is to add cheesecake to the dish, as the primary ingredient in cheesecake is cream cheese . In the red velvet brownie example, you can add a layer of cheesecake batter on top of the brownie and bake the dish to make a delicious concoction.
Red velvet cupcake
If you’re looking for a way to spice up the traditional red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting, then consider making a red velvet cupcake with a cheesecake filling and plain vanilla icing.
This decadent spin on the classic can be easily made by mashing a cheesecake at room temperature (without the crust), cutting a hole into the cupcake, and then piping the cheesecake filling into the center of a cupcake. Or, use the mashed up cheesecake in lieu of icing and pipe it on top in decorative design.
Red velvet baked goods seem to be especially popular around the holidays (think Christmas and Valentine’s Day) but their popularity make them versatile enough to be a great choice for any occasion. Since this particular baked good is colorful on its own, avoid adding more color as this would make the dessert aesthetically unappealing. Avoid colorful sprinkles, experimenting with different shades of icing, and anything else that can damage the appearance.