I disagree with the use of shortening and the use of all purpose flour. In the deep south where this recipe is made famous it calls for cake flour and there is no sign of shortening anywhere in the recipe. Not only that, the very last ingredients you are to add are the vinegar and baking soda after they have been mixed together. That's what gives the cake it's unique flavor. I would never try this recipe.
Red Velvet Cupcakes
PWells Posted: 12/05/10
kass26 Posted: 12/05/10
My family and I have been making Red Velvet cake for years, and snicker about it's recent popularity. Most of all, about the fact that everyone serves it with cream cheese icing! The traditional "Waldorf Astoria Red Velvet Cake and Icing" calls for a delicious white buttercream made with milk, flour, and sugar cooked together, then cooled so that room-temp butter can be whipped into it. It is fabulous and makes the cake! Cream cheese frosting is for carrot and spice cakes, NOT red velvet.
hammjr1 Posted: 04/06/11
I beg to disagree with the other two reviews. My mother made a red velvet that was made with vegetable shortening. It was awesome. I have tried recipes made with butter and they come no where close to being as good. This recipe came the closest to the cake my mother made and got rave reviews. I have requests to make them again. As for the frosting, it depends on your taste. If you're a cream cheese frosting lover you will love it. I make a recipe that adds buttermilk to the frosting, it is extra good.
PMartin65 Posted: 10/23/11
The cupcakes were light and fluffy, but I did use butter rather than shortening. I prefer the flavor and texture that butter lend to a cake, but that's purely a personal thing. I also used a red velvet cake bakery emulsion instead of just red food coloring. I used a meringue buttercream for the frosting, because I didn't have cream cheese on hand when I decided to make the cupcakes. The finished product was very good. It really doesn't matter if you make a "traditional" recipe; if you like it, that's what matters!