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Old 01-21-2016, 01:05 AM   #1
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Natural red food dye for Red Velvet cake

Hi all, Do you use natural red food dye for Red Velvet cake? If you do, what do you use? I had seen some recipes use beets, Is there any other options?

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Old 01-21-2016, 08:29 AM   #2
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If you use a traditional recipe for red velvet cake it will include vinegar. A chemical reaction between the vinegar and the other ingredients will give the chocolate a reddish coloring.

If you must have a redder red, food coloring is the way to go.
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Old 01-21-2016, 11:44 AM   #3
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Amoretti Natural Red Velvet Artisan
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What are the ingredients, SLoB? The nutrition facts panel on the page is too blurry to read.

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Old 01-21-2016, 04:13 PM   #5
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What are the ingredients, SLoB? The nutrition facts panel on the page is too blurry to read.
Sucrose, fructose, dextrose, natural flavors, plant extractions, Soy Lecithin
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There is red food colouring called cochineal. It's natural. It's made from bugs. "Cochineal extract is extracted from the cochineal, specifically the female, a species of insect that belongs to the order entomologists refer to as the "true bugs."" from The Truth About Red Food Dye Made from Bugs | Cochineal Extract, Carmine, Starbucks
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Old 01-22-2016, 05:57 PM   #7
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There is red food colouring called cochineal. It's natural. It's made from bugs. "Cochineal extract is extracted from the cochineal, specifically the female, a species of insect that belongs to the order entomologists refer to as the "true bugs."" from The Truth About Red Food Dye Made from Bugs | Cochineal Extract, Carmine, Starbucks
You will notice that the ingredients list says PLANT extractions?
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You will notice that the ingredients list says PLANT extractions?
No, actually I didn't notice. But, I wasn't commenting on the ingredients you listed. If I had been I probably would have noticed. I was just mentioning it because we are discussing natural red food colourings. I apologize that I didn't make it more obvious that I was not commenting on your post.
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Old 01-22-2016, 09:02 PM   #9
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why not boil down some beet juice?
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Old 01-24-2016, 06:59 AM   #10
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I decided to use an Asian natural red food dye called Red Yeast, the cake turned out with a brilliant red color. I'm happy with the result. Will post a pic of the cake soon.
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