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Any suggestions for a good Red Velvet box cake mix???

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Hi ~ I consider my self a pretty good cook ,but have never made Red Velvet Cake b4...my hubby has asked for this cake for his B-day ( happens to be coming up quick btw). He has asked out of the blue for this and we have never had it...any good ideas?? thanks in advance

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LouisianaA­nn1292777391.533463 PostsRegistered 3/24/2010

Hi! I like Duncan Hines. For an easy and delicious icing, use 1 box powdered sugar, 1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese mixed with 1 stick butter & 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/2-1 cup chopped pecans, depending on how much nuts you like (I use 1 cup). Hope this is of some help. Happy Holidays!

AuntG1292792347.1076140 PostsRegistered 1/31/2009Wisconsin

I didn't realize you could get a boxed Red Velvet mix but I just saw Duncan Hines ones at the grocery store. The frosting listed above sounds great.

pupcakes1292793092.84721295 PostsRegistered 7/29/2006

DH is pretty good. I make mine from a scratch recipe most of the time.

Life is like a snowstorm...you'll meet a lot of flakes.

~bunny~1292793505.039850 PostsRegistered 5/17/2010

Duncan Hines.

I even use the cream cheese icing in the round tub. Not sure if it is DH or not.

bunny can't wait for Spring!

Coralogre1292937433.4971408 PostsRegistered 7/19/2010

I am going to try the box mix as well one of these days but I will make a cream cheese icing. It will be partly from scratch right? :)

dfyre1292941254.4271148 PostsRegistered 7/17/2007
I have had great success with DH as well. For my cream cheese frosting, I use a pound of cream cheese, two sticks of unsalted butter, a pound of confectioners sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. It comes out much creamier than the other recipe that I used to make. Actually, this frosting is so good I don't think anyone cares about the cake part - lol.

mermayd721292941494.87308 PostsRegistered 8/6/2010

Just made the cupcakes with DH last weekend. Canned cream cheese frosting too. Everyone enjoyed!

RedTop1292941814.024379 PostsRegistered 9/1/2010

The Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix makes having this flavor of cake so easy. I use the Fluffy White canned frosting, and beat it with the mixer, briefly, to fluff it up before frosting the cake. I do a lot of made from scratch cooking, but this mix and the canned frosting are too good and too easy to pass up.

carrob1292941817.9471811 PostsRegistered 10/6/2010 FL
On 12/21/2010 dfyre said: I have had great success with DH as well. For my cream cheese frosting, I use a pound of cream cheese, two sticks of unsalted butter, a pound of confectioners sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. It comes out much creamier than the other recipe that I used to make. Actually, this frosting is so good I don't think anyone cares about the cake part - lol.

Just wrote your icing recipe down.....sounds delicious, may make for Christmas Eve and the cake too!

Thanks!

heirloom1293202419.513111 PostsRegistered 12/5/2005

I never had red velvet cake, but at least 20 yrs ago a man at work was talking about how he missed his moms red velvet cake.

So, I thought I'd look at some of my cookbooks and it just sounds like chocolate cake with red food coloring added to it.

Am I correct?? If not, what else is different?

DebbieDD1293216109.5938109 PostsRegistered 10/18/2004
On 12/24/2010 heirloom said:

I never had red velvet cake, but at least 20 yrs ago a man at work was talking about how he missed his moms red velvet cake.

So, I thought I'd look at some of my cookbooks and it just sounds like chocolate cake with red food coloring added to it.

Am I correct?? If not, what else is different?

That is absolutely true. No chocolate either, just cocoa powder. The other difference or rather addition is that it is frosted with a cream cheese frosting.

libby3301294713251.23648 PostsRegistered 2/22/2008Some Beach / Florida

I still think the cake from scratch is so much better than the mix and my DH can tell the difference. The cake doctor has one from a mix I have yet to try

Mix-n-Match1294717023.683658 PostsRegistered 3/24/2007S. Central Pa.
On 12/24/2010 heirloom said:

I never had red velvet cake, but at least 20 yrs ago a man at work was talking about how he missed his moms red velvet cake.

So, I thought I'd look at some of my cookbooks and it just sounds like chocolate cake with red food coloring added to it.

Am I correct?? If not, what else is different?

Duncan Hines German chocolate cake, then add 3 T. red food coloring. Same as the DH red velvet cake. If you use a dk. chocolate cake mix, the red food coloring doesn't turn the batter dark red.

Girlo1294717799.5772949 PostsRegistered 1/20/2007

Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix...

We are all mortal till the first kiss and the second glass of wine.

doglover31294719368.929543 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

RED VELVET CAKE
I DON'T KNOW HOW AUTHENTIC THIS IS BUT MY MOM GOT THIS FROM HER NEIGHBOR BACK IN 1963 AND SHE CLAIMS IT COMES FROM A VERY FAMOUS NEW YORK RESTAURANT. I DO KNOW IT IS VERY GOOD AND IS OUR FAVORITE VERSION OF IT AND HAVE BEEN MAKING IT SINCE THEN.
WON'T BE SORRY MAKING THIS ONE, ALWAYS REQUESTED

VELVETY RED CAKE:
3=1/2 oz bottles red food coloring
3 tbsp. cocoa(Hershey's baking cocoa)
1/2 cup shortening(Crisco)
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp RICE vinegar(unseasoned one)

Mix food coloring and cocoa and let stand. Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs than coloring mixture, beat well. Sift together flour, salt and soda, add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Mix in Rice vinegar and vanilla but DO NOT BEAT.
Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes-2 =8" round pans

ICING:
In shaker mix 3 tbsp flour and 1 cup milk, cook over med heat till thickened, cool. Cream 1/2 cup butter and 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla till fluffy. Add cooled mixture and whip till looks like whipped cream.

2good4u1294769986.5642 PostsRegistered 1/10/2011Torrance, Ca.

doglover3

Can I sub the shortening(crisco) for something else? Maybe a different type of oil.

tipsy1294771059.743579 PostsRegistered 4/20/2007

Maybe the scratch cake is the way to go. I have found the red velvet cake mix very dry. I made it once & it was really dry, then my friend made some mini cupcakes & they were really dry too. I have heard of adding pudding to the mix, but don't know how much or whether it should be instant or the kind you cook.

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Just Plain­ Crazy1294772783.335154 PostsRegistered 7/22/2009
On 1/11/2011 2good4u said:

doglover3

Can I sub the shortening(crisco) for something else? Maybe a different type of oil.

Hi 2good4u,

The shortening (crisco) in the red velvet cake is the solid shortening in the can not oil. Think it now comes in sticks too.

The frosting I use is on the order of doglover3 except I use regular sugar, not powdered sugar. It is the best frosting and really makes the cake.

My frosting:

3 Tbls flour

1 cup milk

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup butter

Cook the flour and milk until thinck and partly clear. Cool. Cream sugar, butter and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Blend together with cooled flour and milk mixture till the consistency of cold oatmeal. Frost cake.

Hope this helps answer your question.

JPC

doglover31294783999.9939543 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 1/11/2011 2good4u said:

doglover3

Can I sub the shortening(crisco) for something else? Maybe a different type of oil.

not really, I tried once, this is an original and Crisco really is the thing to use and one of the things that makes this one. This is a very very moist cake, very good. When invited to any outing this and my funny cake are the ones always requested. It is easy to make though, give it a try. Believe me, you won't be sorry.

2good4u1294793667.81342 PostsRegistered 1/10/2011Torrance, Ca.

doglover

thank you. i will make this cake for my birthday.

TX-starlig­ht1294793892.5434562 PostsRegistered 2/8/2010
On 1/10/2011 doglover3 said:

RED VELVET CAKE
I DON'T KNOW HOW AUTHENTIC THIS IS BUT MY MOM GOT THIS FROM HER NEIGHBOR BACK IN 1963 AND SHE CLAIMS IT COMES FROM A VERY FAMOUS NEW YORK RESTAURANT. I DO KNOW IT IS VERY GOOD AND IS OUR FAVORITE VERSION OF IT AND HAVE BEEN MAKING IT SINCE THEN.
WON'T BE SORRY MAKING THIS ONE, ALWAYS REQUESTED

VELVETY RED CAKE:
3=1/2 oz bottles red food coloring
3 tbsp. cocoa(Hershey's baking cocoa)
1/2 cup shortening(Crisco)
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp RICE vinegar(unseasoned one)

Mix food coloring and cocoa and let stand. Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs than coloring mixture, beat well. Sift together flour, salt and soda, add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Mix in Rice vinegar and vanilla but DO NOT BEAT.
Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes-2 =8" round pans

ICING:
In shaker mix 3 tbsp flour and 1 cup milk, cook over med heat till thickened, cool. Cream 1/2 cup butter and 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla till fluffy. Add cooled mixture and whip till looks like whipped cream.

I have same recipe,except for vinegar. Also used the Duncan Hines box. I was surprised the box mix was as good as scratch cake.

Sunshine K­ate1294794024.4412048 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky

I love red velvet cake. It's so pretty too. I think Betty Crocker makes the best cake mixes. That's the only brand I'll buy.

Respectfully ~
Kate

kamisga1294794904.4683 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Orange County, Ca.

I've made the scratch cake many times and the box mix is much better. So good with cream cheese frosting.

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love,and his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."

kamisga1294795002.063683 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Orange County, Ca.
On 1/10/2011 libby330 said:

I still think the cake from scratch is so much better than the mix and my DH can tell the difference. The cake doctor has one from a mix I have yet to try

I have, it's good.

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love,and his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."

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