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For Valentine’s Day I wanted to make a special dessert.
Everywhere I turn now, I see red velvet cake – red velvet cupcakes, red velvet cake pops, red velvet waffles
Sure enough, there was an ingredient I haven’t seen in the other recipes – cochineal. Cochineal is a red dye derived from the insect of the same name! According to Wikipedia ” It takes about 80,000 to 100,000 insects to make one kilogram of cochineal dye. The two principal forms of cochineal dye are cochineal extract, a
I don’t know where her recipe came from but as I was researching, I noticed one article that mentioned that a manufacturer in Winnipeg might possibly have given out the recipe with a bottle of their red food coloring. Since my Mom grew up very near there, she may have gotten it this way. The frosting is also a bit different than others I’ve seen.
Waldorf Astoria Red Velvet Cake
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup cochineal (red food coloring)
2 T cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. (or less) salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 T vinegar
Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat 1 minute.
Combine cocoa and food coloring in a cup to make a paste. Then add it slowly to the shortening and sugar mixture. Add salt, vanilla
Bake in 2 9″ layer pans at 300 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
1 cup milk
3 T flour
1 cup butter
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix flour with some of the milk to make a paste. Add to a pot in which you have put the remaining milk. Cook until thick. Then cool.
Beat 1 cup butter with 1 cup icing confectioner’s sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla. add flour mixture a little at a time and continue beating
Let me know if you try this version!
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