Recipe suggestions and flavor ideas please!

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Posted on 03/27/2012 by caketwins
My favorite boss is leaving us next week so I asked him what flavor he wanted for his farewell cake. He gave me a challenge: put a spin on red velvet cake, and no cream cheese frosting. After considering a few ideas and flipping through Food Network magazine's chocolate issue, I think I've decided on cherry Coke red velvet. He loves Coke and any berry-like fruit so it's safe to assume he'll like it.

So now... I need a frosting flavor to pair with it! I figure cherry would be to overpowering, and I don't know how Coke would work in a buttercream. Maybe cinnamon? Mascarpone?

Secondly, I haven't made red velvet cake in forever, so I need recipe suggestions. Your favorite, go-to red velvet pleeeeease!

And if y'all have any other adventurous ideas to spice up red velvet please share!

Thanks :)

Edit Thanks everyone! I've decided on cherry coke red velvet cake with vanilla whipped cream frosting. I'm also going to make some caramel glaze/icing to go around the edge under some cherries and then drizzle it all with chocolate for the ultimate Cherry Coke Red Velvet Float Cake! :)
back_track 28th-Mar-2012 04:04 am (UTC)
I wouldn't do cinnamon because I think that would clash, and marscarpone is pretty similar to cream cheese.

I would do vanilla maybe and call it cherry coke float?

http://www.sugaredwhisk.com/2012/cherry-coke-cupcakes/ here's a recipe for chocolate cherry coke cupcakes, I'm sure that can be easily adapted to red velvet!
knittinggoddess 28th-Mar-2012 04:15 am (UTC)
Why would it clash? Cinnamon is one of the ingredients in Coke.
With that in mind, here's a purported Coke recipe, thanks to This American Life. A flip through those ingredients might inspire you.

Edited at 2012-03-28 04:16 am (UTC)
knittinggoddess 28th-Mar-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
Ooh, also, if you want to do straight-up cola flavored frosting, why not use cola flavoring? You could also just boil down some soda to syrup level and use that instead.

I'm not a huge fan of buttercream frosting, and think that if you're doing a red velvet cake, the classic cream cheese frosting would be better. You can still flavor that. Also, since the cherry-cola-red velvet is pretty sweet, a whipped cream frosting might be a nice palate balancer. (Again, easily flavorable, though more subject to liquid and pH.)
caketwins 28th-Mar-2012 04:22 am (UTC)
whipped cream was definitely on my radar for this, glad you suggested it. and the syrup idea is super intriguing. so many good ideas!
merlynspen 28th-Mar-2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
I think the person was implying it would clash with the cake, not the coke. Red velvet is a form of chocolate cake, and cinnamon and chocolate can be a tricky balance to strike. (Not that it isn't done, but that it isn't always done tastily, and even when it is a lot of people don't like it.)
knittinggoddess 28th-Mar-2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, that makes more sense.

Now that you mention it, I've only really seen cinnamon paired with chocolate for something like Mexican Hot Chocolate.
caketwins 28th-Mar-2012 04:16 am (UTC)
I love the float-inspired idea! thanks :)
merlynspen 28th-Mar-2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
If you like the float idea, it would probably be awesome with a cool whip frosting like this: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cool-whipped-frosting/

A coworker did a pistachio one recently with pistachio pudding instead of vanilla.. oh man it was delicious. Because of the pudding and milk, it's not the cool whip consistency, it's a little frosting-ier (though not really pipeable) and it was so.good. Not too sweet, nice and light.
monkey5s 28th-Mar-2012 04:11 am (UTC)
See, I'm the opposite- I think cinnamon buttercream would really spice up the cherry coke flavor. But then, I love cinnamon buttercream, so I tend to think it works better than other people might. Vanilla would be good, too, though- I think if you went heavy on the vanilla flavoring, so it stood up to the cherry coke flavor.

Can't help you with the red velvet recipe, but I bet there's a lot out there.
caketwins 28th-Mar-2012 04:18 am (UTC)
definitely, cinnamon is a my safety topping flavor. bland banana bread? cinnamon icing. vegan chocolate cake that needs a kick? cinnamon icing. just about any cupcake? cinnamon buttercream.
echoinautumn 28th-Mar-2012 04:11 am (UTC)
I think boiled/cooked icing is the traditional red velvet frosting, and it's very easy to make, very delicious, and highly adaptable for different flavors, and I'm doing a terrible job trying to think of appropriate icing flavors to pair with your cake idea.
caketwins 28th-Mar-2012 04:18 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever had that frosting before (such a bad southern girl), I'll have to look into it!
kamaliitaru 28th-Mar-2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
I have a recipe that works very well if you are interested.
miss_sarac 28th-Mar-2012 05:58 am (UTC)
I second the boiled/flour frosting. You can still add flavoring to it as well.
phyllis7609 28th-Mar-2012 04:14 am (UTC)
If you like Pioneer Lady's recipes, she just did a red velvet cake ("the best red velvet sheet cake ever"). I saw it last week on her show and have been wanting to try it. That weird 7 minute frosting that everyone around here loves is what she made to put on it.

Other than that, the BBB members red velvet cake recipes are under "chocolate and chocolate cake" tags. I always see the red velvet posts when I'm on the hunt for something chocolatey.
caketwins 28th-Mar-2012 04:20 am (UTC)
never tried her stuff, but it sounds promising! if I use it, I'll let you know how it is :)
ringsandcoffee 28th-Mar-2012 05:39 am (UTC)
Just be careful if you try a Coke frosting. My friend made a Dr. Pepper frosting recently and it tasted like chemicals.
knittinggoddess 28th-Mar-2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
To be fair, the Dr. Pepper haters say it tastes like chemicals anyway.
ringsandcoffee 29th-Mar-2012 04:21 am (UTC)
Ha ha, true.

I love Dr. Pepper personally. The cupcakes were for a bday girl who loves it even more than I do. I didn't know Dr Pepper was an ingredient until after I ate my cupcake.
calandria 28th-Mar-2012 07:00 am (UTC)
I think I would try possibly caramel.
sarahk_xoxo 28th-Mar-2012 11:55 am (UTC)
At work I have to make what we call a Mammoth Red Velvet cupcake and it is a giant cupcake shape with the bottom hollowed out and filled with cream cheese icing and the top of the cupcake covered with chocolate ganache.
caketwins 28th-Mar-2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
...can you ship those?! I'm drooling.
sarahk_xoxo 28th-Mar-2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
It probably wouldn't fare so well with the whole toppling over in the box aspect unfortunately, but if you're ever in Ontario I have a freezer full of the stupid things that I am slowly trying to get rid of! Personally I think they should kind of gross, but then again half the time I think being forced to eat the stuff I have to do at work would be punishment LOL.
threeonetwo 28th-Mar-2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
Agreeing with those who said vanilla would be a good idea, especially since I've seen a lot of "cherry vanilla" flavored sodas out there. And whipped cream would compliment it even more I'd think, so vanilla whipped cream frosting?
tsuki_no_bara 28th-Mar-2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
this is my favorite red velvet cake (un-tweaked):


2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

3 tbs unsweetened cocoa

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup of vegetable shortening

1 2/3 cups of sugar

2 large eggs

1 cup buttermilk

2 bottles of red food coloring

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp apple cider vinegar





1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease and flour a 13x9 baking pan, or two 8" or 9" round cake pans.
2. Combine the flour, cocoa, and salt in a large bowl.

3. Beat the shortening, sugar, and eggs in a big bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until it is all light and fluffy.

4. And into that, beat in the buttermilk, food coloring, and vanilla until it's blended. 

5. Reduce the speed to low, and beat in the flour mixture just until it's blended.

6. Dissolve the baking soda in the vinegar in a small bowl, then beat it into the batter.

7. Pour the batter into the pan.

8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until you can insert a wooden toothpick in and pull it out clean.

9. Cool the cakes in their pans for ten minutes, then unmold them onto wire racks and let them cool completely.

i always make it with cream cheese frosting, so i don't have any alternate suggestions, altho vanilla flavored whipped cream frosting sounds like it would be really good with a cherry coke flavored cake. (i think cinnamon frosting might taste kind of weird, tho.)
caketwins 28th-Mar-2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
this sounds good! thank you :)
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