What you’ll need to make this recipe
- Special Equipment–Hand mixer *It’s helpful but not necessary to make this recipe
- All purpose flour
- Rye flour
- Baking soda
- Ground cinnamon *optional
- Unsalted butter
- Dark brown sugar
- Granulated sugar
- Dutch processed cocoa powder
- Red food coloring gel
- Vanilla extract
- Chocolate chips
The History of Red Velvet Cake
Let me begin this fun fact by saying ohhhh red velvet cake, what an incredible dessert! I just can’t get enough of the deep and vibrant colour. The texture is unforgettable and it is very difficult for me not to order a slice whenever it crosses my path.
This luscious dessert is steeped in history with some controversy. There are various captivating accounts for who created it and where this famous dessert originated. The choice for this fun fact should come as no surprise if you have taken a look at the Sweet Treats section of Jem’s Take. I love the colour red and I love red velvet desserts!
Red velvet cake started off as a dark brown chocolate cake with the use of cocoa powder which resulted in a soft “velvety” texture. It is what we now call Devil’s Food Cake. Then during World War II, food rationing made it impossible to have fresh provisions therefore beet juice was used to create moisture in these cakes and it also enhanced the colour.
Fast forward, the enticing red hue was included to make a red velvet cake that was introduced by the Waldorf–Astoria Hotel in New York City. This cake has also been a Southern US holiday favourite for many years. Moreover, the classic red velvet cake is “the” dessert that is served in honour of Juneteenth (June 19) formally known as Jubilee Day. The annual commemoration of Emancipation Day has been recognised since 1866 and is marked to celebrate freedom for the final enslaved population who were residing in Galveston, Texas.
Here in Canada, it includes the legacy of the Eaton’s department store which created their renowned version of red velvet cake named the Round Room Red Velvet Cake.
The symbolic importance that is associated with the colour red spans the world. It represents love, courage, life, health, joy and passion.
There are endless possibilities for goodies that can be created using this vibrant colour and that really intrigues me. What should we make next?