Red Velvet Cake Archive
The Red Velvet Cake Archive is the home of all the Red Velvet Cake recipes on Cookie Madness. There are so many I had to give Red Velvet its own category. But there are different ways to make it, and people's preferences vary. Some think of red velvet as a light chocolate cake, while others consider it more buttermilk flavored. My idea of it falls somewhere in the middle leaning towards buttermilk with a tiny hint of chocolate.
My taste memory of a perfect red velvet comes from the cakes we used to buy in the 1980s at HEB, a Texas grocery store. HEB is right down the highway from Adams Extract, who helped popularize the recipe after it was served at The Waldorf Astoria. This is what I've learned from reading, but growing up with red velvet cake and living not far from Adams, it makes sense. I feel like it was more localized to Texas back in the day.
So as I've been told, this category has too many recipes and is overwhelming. I will try to make it less overwhelming by pointing you to some of good cakes.
Favorite Red Velvet Cake is a good pick. It's why I named it "Favorite".
New to cake baking and want a cake you can't mess up? Here's an easy one. I also call it the "oily" red velvet, but people seem to like it.
If you have cake flour on hand and are willing to be mindful as you bake, try the Waldorf Astoria version. You'll need your sifter, your scale and a clear head. This recipe also includes the cooked frosting some favor over cream cheese. My childhood benchmark was the cream cheese, but the cooked frosting is good too.
Want a cake that travels well and/or aren't in the mood for layers? Maybe you like a higher ratio of cake to icing. If that's the case, try Red Velvet Sheet Cake.
Do you live in North Carolina or some place where White Lily Self-Rising is easy to come by? Make this one.
There are a lot of cupcake recipes here as well, but I haven't made cupcakes in a while so you're on your own for choosing a cupcake recipe. At least for now.