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Old 05-18-2007, 05:18 PM   #11
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Um Andy? How would the vinegar make the cake red?

(Psst...I think you missed something in the link...

Red VelvetCake IV

1 ounce red food coloring)
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Old 05-18-2007, 05:29 PM   #12
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Um Andy? How would the vinegar make the cake red?

(Psst...I think you missed something in the link...

Red VelvetCake IV

1 ounce red food coloring)
I missed the food coloring there.

I had read that red velvet cake was originally made red by adding vinegar. The vinegar reacted chemically with other ingredient(s) in the cake to turn it red.

I can't remember where I read it so I can't defend the statement. Forget I said it.
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Old 05-18-2007, 05:34 PM   #13
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Aw rats. I actually wanted to know, because I think I read the same thing somewhere. Now I'm going to have to go Ask Jeeves. I was hoping you'd have the answer handy for me.

And I hope you don't mind me poking at you a bit about the red food coloring, you know I think you're great.
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Old 05-18-2007, 05:40 PM   #14
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ANDY!! You were RIGHT! Here's the Wikipedia thing I just found.

James Beard's 1972 reference, American Cookery[1] describes three kinds of red velvet cake varying in the amounts of shortening and butter used. All of them use red food coloring for the color, but it is mentioned that the reaction of acidic vinegar and buttermilk tends to turn the cocoa a reddish brown color. Furthermore, before more alkaline "Dutch Processed" cocoa was widely available, the red color would have been more pronounced. This natural tinting may have been the source for the name "Red Velvet" as well as "Devil's Food" and a long list of similar names for chocolate cakes.[2]
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Old 05-18-2007, 05:47 PM   #16
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*head bowed, shuffling off to the corner, placing dunce cap on head* Sowwy Andy!
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Thanks for doing my homework for me, Alix. It's always fair game to call someone on a error. It's better than leaving bad information out there.

Alix, you're forgiven but don't let it happen again. Just because you're a movie star doesn't mean you have special privileges.
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