Every recipe I develop and share is special to me, but I hold this one especially close to my heart. When I was really coming to terms with my obsession for baking in high school, I obsessively watched the Food Network. This was in 2007 or so, right around the time that Red Velvet Cakes were all the rage. I watched cooking show after cooking show, with Alton Brown brown teaching me the science behind the perfect cake, and Paula Deen teaching me the trick to the perfect cream cheese icing.
I was so obsessed with Red Velvet, as I'd never had anything like it. I learned that original bakers of the cake used beet juice to color each layer of cake red, and that the cocoa powder was subtle but brought out the tartness of the rest of the cake.
Paula Deen's Red Velvet recipe was the first "from scratch" cake I ever made for a crowd. I stayed up late into the evening to make sure they were ready, and brought them to my history class the next day. Nobody there knew whet red velvet was, so everyone was shy to try it. But once they did, my cupcakes were a total hit.Read More