Red velvet cake is a classic dessert that has been around for decades. It is known for its moist, delicious flavor and its unique red color. Traditionally, the cake is made with red food coloring, but with a few simple tweaks, it is possible to make a delicious red velvet cake without food coloring.
One way to make a delicious red velvet cake without food coloring is to use natural ingredients.
By using natural ingredients such as beets, cranberry juice, and strawberries, you can create a beautiful red hue without the need for artificial coloring.
Beets are the most popular option as they can add a unique flavor and color to the cake. Start by pureeing the beets and adding it to the cake batter. You can also add a few tablespoons of cranberry juice to enhance the color and flavor.
Another great way to make a red velvet cake without food coloring is to use natural flavors.
Cocoa powder is a great option for adding a rich chocolate flavor and a hint of red color to the cake. Start by adding a few tablespoons of cocoa powder to the cake batter.
You can also add a few drops of vanilla extract for a hint of sweetness. If you want a richer flavor, you can add a few tablespoons of melted dark chocolate.
Finally, you can use strawberries to make a delicious red velvet cake without food coloring.
Start by pureeing the strawberries and adding it to the cake batter. You can also add a few tablespoons of strawberry syrup for an extra sweet flavor. The strawberry syrup will also enhance the red color of the cake.
These are just a few of the ways you can make a delicious red velvet cake without food coloring. With a few simple tweaks, you can make a delicious and beautiful cake without any artificial coloring.
So don’t be afraid to experiment and find the perfect combination of natural ingredients to create the perfect red velvet cake.
Red Velvet Cake Without Food Coloring
- 2 2/3 cups cake flower
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted (I like Hershey's)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups neutral vegetable oil, like canola
- 1 2/3 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup cold water (or food coloring, if you must)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
- Buttercream frosting, to decorate
- To make this recipe, you will need to preheat your oven to 350°F and grease two 9" cake pans or line muffin tins. You should also line the bottoms of the cake pans with parchment paper.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, flour, and salt. Set this mixture aside.
- Using a large mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the oil and sugar together on medium speed until they are fully mixed and slightly lightened in color. Then, turn the mixer to low and add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Make sure to add each egg when the previous one is almost fully mixed in. Scrape the sides of the bowl and beat the mixture on medium speed until it is fully emulsified and smooth.
- With the mixer on low speed, add the flour/cocoa mixture and the buttermilk to the bowl in two alternating additions: first the flour, then the buttermilk, followed by the remaining flour and buttermilk. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix again on low speed until everything is well combined.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the baking soda and white vinegar. This will cause a mini-volcano-like reaction. Add this mixture to the cake batter along with 1/4 cup of water (or food coloring, if you're using it) and mix on medium speed for about 10 seconds to fully combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl again.
- Divide the cake batter evenly between the prepared cake pans or muffin tins and bake them in the center of the oven until they are done. The cake layers will take about 25 to 35 minutes to bake, while the cupcakes will take about 18 to 20 minutes.
- When the cakes are finished baking, let them cool in the pans until you can handle them without an oven mitt, but they are still warm. Then, turn them out onto cooling racks, removing the parchment paper from the bottoms of the cakes. Allow the cakes to cool completely before eating or decorating.