Disclaimer: I have never had red velvet, so I can't compare to anything. My first batch, which is cooling right now, doesn't taste great at all. They taste like gummy chocolate cupcakes, but ones that don't have enough chocolate. It's almost flavorless, and also lacks a certain richness. Granted, I had to substitute, so I'm not completely blaming the recipe. Didn't have sour cream, so I useed nonfat yogurt. Couldn't use food color because of allergies, so that reduced juice from strawberries would work (didn't). The batter made me nervous, especially after I added the yogurt, and particularly after I added the juice (which exceeded the half ounce called for). The smell great while baking, and even looked nice upon removing from oven, but since they are sad, sunken pseudo-cupcakes. For my second batch, because I didn't want to toss the remaining batter, I placed frozen strawberry slices at the bottom of some, and mixed white chocolate chips with others. I plan to use a chocolate cream cheese frosting. I really hope the strawberry, chips, or frosting helps!
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Disclaimer: I have never had red velvet, so I can't compare to anything. My first batch, which...