Delicious cocoa undertones and tangy cream cheese and a beautifully red sponge. We're of course talking about Red Velvet Cakes! We love a good red velvet bake here at Punk Cake. Which is why we couldn't resist making them in every way possible, from the classic Red Velvet Cake, to Red Velvet Cupcakes, and even Red Velvet Cookies.
What's a Velvet Cake You Ask?
The Red Velvet goes perfectly with some roses, chocolate and champagne for an indulgent Valentine's day (Yes, that's definitely a hint from everyone at Punk Cake to their other halves). It also has a distinct Christmas like colour scheme, and is a favourite for Halloween cakes. But, did you know that velvet cakes have a long history, dating back to 19th century America?
Yes, we said 'velvet cakes', because it was a thing. A pretty big thing too. Bakers figured out how to make a smoother texture for cakes by softening the protein in the flour, and these cakes were named velvet cakes. So, that's why it's so deliciously, velvety smooth.
The Many Names of the Red Velvet Cake
Now, there's a lot of debate around who actually invented the 'Red Velvet Cake'. We mostly like making and eating them, so we won't go too deep into that. But, we do love that it's had quite a few different names! Flame cake anyone, or a regal red cake? With a name like Red Mystery Cake, it almost sounds like a hero spy from a Marvel comic.
What Makes a Red Velvet Cake?
Now, the recipe has been through some iterations over the years. But nowadays there's only one way to make it properly, making sure you get that moist yummy cake you crave. At Punk Cake, our Red Velvet contain all the important ingredients; vanilla, buttermilk, cocoa powder, cider-vinegar and of course butter.
And then there's the cream cheese frosting (conjuring an image of a drooling Homer Simpson)! We don't just any cream cheese frosting... We combine two different cream cheeses, one very soft and creamy and another one that's tangy and strong. That way we create the perfect balance of creamy and tangy to pair with our red velvet cake.
Making your own Red Velvet Cake is always fun (though getting it that lovely red colour can be tricky), but if you're more about the eating than the making, we have a whole collection of Red Velvet goodness for you.