Hi Guys and Gals!
A few weeks ago I helped a friend with a baby shower and made these phenomenal red velvet cupcakes. It was perfect since fall is full of the most decadent things…as it should be. I’ve tried a ton of recipes and found a few secrets to creating the best and richest red velvet. So, I decided to share these secrets with you!
- My first tip is quite possibly the most important. Use high quality cocoa. I use Guittard dutch processed cocoa powder. It will give your cake a richer and deeper chocolate flavor than a regular powder. You can get this at most grocery stores, but if you can’t find it, it is also on amazon (I’ve included the link below).
2. Use the LorAnn Red Velvet bakery emulsion. I love emulsions! Emulsions are water based versus extracts which are alcohol based. I find that emulsions don’t bake out of my cakes the way that extracts do. LorAnn’s red velvet provides a really beautiful red hue and a citrus flavor that is on point. You can use this emulsion in place of your food coloring and extracts. I use 2 tablespoons.
3. I like to combine 2 teaspoons of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of baking soda together and add it to the batter right before I put it into the cake pan. This bubbly concoction gives it a perfectly fluffy feel.
4. This next tip I actually use in almost all of my cakes/cupcakes. USE CAKE FLOUR. There is less gluten and will give your finished product a light airy texture. Some cake flour is also bleached and will make your batter a lighter color (not needed for this recipe) but good to keep in mind for a white cake batter.
5. Lastly, watch your cakes closely in the oven. Over baking was my number one mistake I made early on. To test, insert a toothpick into the middle of your cupcake or cake and if it comes out with just a few crumbs, it is perfect! Remember it will set and continue to bake a little once removed from the oven so don’t leave it in too long. If you over bake it you will get a very dry, grainy cake/cupcake.
I hope these tips help you this holiday season and save you a lot of trial and error. Be sure to comment below your own tips or if you loved mine!