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What is Red Velvet Cake Made Of?

What is Red Velvet Cake Made Of?
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Love the dessert, but catching yourself wondering “what is red velvet cake made of?” Like, what could possibly make it so red and so deliciously rich year-round? (Even though as a child I only saw it made around Thanksgiving). My initial logical explanation was food coloring or maybe a natural fruit syrup.

Let’s go a little further into it and see what most from-scratch red velvet cakes are composed of.

Red Velvet Cake Ingredients

First of all, I had no idea red velvet cake was a chocolate cake..?! After reading that interesting fact list about red velvet cake, I do. I was definitely right about the food coloring! It’s red because of that. I’m still shocked it’s a chocolate cake, though. Give me a minute to get over that. In the meantime, it would be a lot easier for everyone to search red velvet cake recipes with food coloring.. but I decided to find a great, from-scratch recipe including real beets for the red coloring for you right here.

The main ingredients that recipe calls for include:

  1. Beets
  2. Butter
  3. Buttermilk
  4. Lemon juice
  5. White vinegar
  6. Vanilla extract
  7. Cake flour
  8. Cocoa powder
  9. Baking powder & baking soda
  10. Salt
  11. Sugar
  12. Eggs
  13. Cream cheese frosting

That is a much shorter and simpler list of ingredients than I expected. You also don’t have to use artificial color, which would make your red velvet cake even more superb! Now, I love this cake. I don’t like many cakes or cake-like baked goods, but this red slice of heaven is my biggest weakness in that area. I’m ready to attempt my very first homemade cake since I’ve learned the answer to “what is red velvet cake made of?”

As I had mentioned earlier, I used to associate red velvet cake with Thanksgiving. Try serving it at special get-togethers, like weddings or baby showers. It’s sure to be a hit with many, especially if you learn how to make fluffy cream cheese frosting to top the cake! I hope you attempt the red velvet cake recipe I mentioned and enjoy it as I soon will!

About Brittany Davidson

Brittany is the main writer and content creator for Food Questions. She believes life is worth living if you're constantly learning, enjoying, and admiring things. Passion is her backbone and she tries not to do anything without it. Sharing information is as valuable as sharing a smile, Brittany says.

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