When Valentine’s Day (or any old date night) rolls around, we lean on the elegant crowd-pleaser that is red velvet cake. But is this iconic confection nothing more than red-dyed chocolate cake? The answer is no It’s much less chocolatey than say, devil’s food cake, since it typically only gets a few tablespoons of cocoa powder for flavor. It also tends to have a notable tang, thanks to the addition of vinegar and/or buttermilk. And of course, it wouldn’t be red velvet cake without a few vibrant drops of red food coloring and a decadent layer of cream cheese frosting. Read on for 24 red velvet recipes that prove there’s no shortage of ways to indulge in the timeless dessert.
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