Recipe by HersheysKitchens.com
"This is a red-tinted chocolate sheet cake with white frosting. It can also be baked in heart-shaped pans."
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1 1/2 cups
red food coloring
HERSHEY®'S Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons
1 (16 ounce) can
HERSHEY®'S MINI CHIPS™ Semisweet Chocolate
This cake is well worth the cost of a few bottles of red food coloring! I used real butter, and followed the recipe to the letter, including the store-bought frosting, which I normally don't like. BTW, Pillsbury Vanilla frosting is actually pretty tasty and went perfectly with the mild flavor of this cake. I did need about 1 1/2 containers of frosting, but I also used two large layers and frosted in-between. The finished product is very moist, has a great flavor, looks very impressive!
When I saw the hershey recipe, I thought that I had found a great recipe, afterall it's by Hershey, right? Wrong! There are so many changes that I had to make that I won't be making this cake again! First of all the red food colouring...2 Tbsp is NOT enough. I increased this to 2 oz of red food colouring (two-1oz bottles) -the next thing I changed was the flour, instead of all purpose, I used cake flour, and increased it to 2 1/2 cups, and I increased the butter to 1 cup. Next, I omitted the vinegar, and decreased the baking soda to 1 1/4 tsp -quite simply there is NO need for vinegar, to be used in a red velvet cake as long as buttermilk is in the recipe, buttermilk is acidic enough to get the baking soda to rise. I also decreased the salt to 1/2 tsp. The vanilla gave it a subtle flavour, but normally I do not use vanilla in my red velvet cakes. Lastly, the quantity of cocoa was way too much, red velvet cake should have a hint of chocolate, but not be overwhelming, therefore I reduced the amount to 3 Tbsp.
I didn't make it heart shaped, though I'm sure the cake would be gorgeous as a valentines day cake.
I didn't use the vanilla frosting or the mini chocolate chips, I chose to use a fluffy white icing that comes from my mom, no cream cheese for this Red Velvet Snob!
I truly wish I could have given this cake a higher rank, but after so much time consuming changes, I have to give it a three.
This is the ABSOLUTE BEST RED VELVET CAKE recipe I have ever used. I made this for my mother-in-law's birthday and everyone loved it.
I omitted the red food coloring and used cream cheese icing with chocolate chips; it was delicious.
This was a great cake. I made it for a Valentine's Day party (not the heart cut-outs as pictured; I stuck to the 9x13 option). Everyone loved it and more people are enjoying it at work today as well! It was such fun to make, and yes, it takes TWO tablespoons of red food coloring - which is basically a whole little bottle! It's moist and pradoxically dense and light. Wonderful cake - the baking soda/white vinegar reaction was so fun!
I bake cakes for others quite often and was asked to make a Red Velvet cake for a company Valentines Day party. Since I'd never made this cake before, I inquired about a recipe and was referred to this sight by a friend. I found what I thought was a good recipe since it was by Hershey's and had such high ratings. The result was that the cake needed more red food coloring as it was more of a dark pink than red. The feedback from the co-workers was that the cake tasted okay but was VERY dry. I would not make this cake again without some inhancements to make it more red in color and moist.
Delicious and moist..beats all others.
Growing up, Mom made this cake every Valentines Day. We all looked forward to it & I have fond memories of it, though I haven't had it in years- her recipe is from an old Hershey cookbook. Now I can make it too.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Hershey's(R) Red Velvet Cake
Serving Size: 1/15 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 15
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 169
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