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Traditional Chocolate or Red Velvet Cake?

Traditional Chocolate or Red Velvet Cake?

Which do you like best...traditional chocolate or red velvet cake?

Cake, cake, delicious cake! But especially chocolate and red velvet cakes. There are many chocoholics among us, myself included, but there are those who prefer red velvet cake. If you had to choose, which one would you pick? Ahhhh, that's a hard choice to make isn't it? Did I mention delicious? Oh, okay... then let us wander through these delightful desserts, and find out more about the two, which may help you make a choice, or just confuse the issue! Take notes, because there will be a test! NOT! Just kidding!

Chocolate cakes and red velvet cakes......

...may be finished with various icings.

Below I have included recipes for an old-fashioned chocolate cake and a red velvet cake. I've also included recipes for several different icings that can be used on either of them. Keep in mind that this is a battle between the two, and you, the reader must vote for your favorite. That's the real challenge, having to make a choice between two gorgeous, delicious, yummy cakes, no matter how they are frosted.

That Deep Dark Flavor of Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

Here's an old-fashioned Chocolate Cake recipe that will satisfy a chocoholic's taste very well. This is a made-from-scratch cake, nothing from a mix. But it isn't hard to do, and the flavor is exquisite, just like back in Grandma's time. Take a few minutes to go through the recipe and see if this cake is for you!

What You Will Need For Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

  • 3/4 cup (1 & 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 1 & 2/3 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup Hershey's Cocoa
  • 1 & 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 & 1/3 cups water

What You Do To Make Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour two 9-inch round pans or one 13X9X2-inch pan.
  3. In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together dry ingredients; add alternately with water to the butter/egg mixture, beating until blended.
  5. Pour into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
  6. Cool 10 minutes in pans; remove from pans to wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.

Classic Red Velvet Cake

Lots of us have wonderful memories of eating beautiful slices of red velvet cake, perhaps at Grandma's, or maybe at home. This cake has come to be known as a favorite throughout the nation, and it can be made as a chocolate cake or a yellow cake, because you put red food coloring in it. See what you think of this recipe.

What You Need To Make Red Velvet Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1& 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons red food coloring
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
  • 6 squares Bakers Chocolate, melted
  • 3 Tablespoons Maraschino cherry juice, (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar

What To Do To Make Red Velvet Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans or a 13X9X2-inch pan.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, beat in eggs, vanilla and melted chocolate. Combine buttermilk, food coloring and cherry juice if used, and set aside.
  4. Combine flour, cocoa and salt, add to creamed butter/sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture. Mix well, stir in baking soda and vinegar
  5. Pour mixture into prepared pans. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  6. Cool 10 minutes in pans, then turn out onto wire rack and cool completely before frosting.

Seven Minute Frosting

This frosting is an old-fashioned one that almost everyone's Mom and Grandmom made. But it can't be beat for taste and texture, especially on a Red Velvet Cake. A little more labor intensive than other frostings, it's especially light and airy. Seems almost like Marshmallow creme. Try it if you're adventurous. My first experience with this recipe was a disaster, and I had to learn how important it was to keep beating while I poured the hot syrup into the egg whites. You are now forewarned!

What You Need To Make 7-Minute Frosting

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 & 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water for a crusty surface or 1/2 cup for soft surface
  • 1 Tablespoon white corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

What To Do To Make 7-Minute Frosting

Combine egg whites, sugar, water, corn syrup and salt in top of double boiler. With electric mixer at high speed, beat about 1 minute to blend; then place over rapidly boiling water and beat until mixture holds a peak when beater is raised. (Don't be surprised if this takes more than 7 minutes.) Remove from boiling water and empty into a large bowl. Add vanilla extract and continue to beat until mixture is stiff enough to spread.

Variations on 7-Minute Frosting

You might like to try these variations:

Chocolate Seven-Minute Frosting
When frosting is finished, gently fold in 2 or 3 squares of melted, cooled, unsweetened chocolate.

Harvest Moon Frosting
Substitute 1 & 1/2 cups packed brown sugar for the regular sugar.

Princess Frosting
Substitute 1/2 teaspoon of orange flavoring and 1 teaspoon almond extract for the vanilla extract. Sprinkle frosted cake with coconut if desired.

Marshmallow Seven-Minute Frosting
Add 1 cup cut up large marshmallows to frosting after removing from double boiler.

Buttercream Frosting

This is probably the most simple frosting recipe to make and it goes well with any flavor cake, but of course better with, uh...of course, ...chocolate or red velvet. I mean, what are we talking about here anyway?? We chocoholics know when it comes to sweets, there's just nothing better than chocolate.

What You Need To Make Butter Cream Frosting

  • 1 box confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons milk

What To Do To Make Butter Cream Frosting

  1. Beat softened butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add the confectioner's sugar, a little at a time. When it gets too thick, add a few drops of milk and continue beating. Do not add all the milk at once, because it may make the frosting too thin. Once the frosting is of a spreadable texture, it's ready.
  2. This frosting may also be tinted with food coloring, or cocoa powder for chocolate frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

This frosting made with cream cheese goes well with any cake, but especially with the BEST cake, uh...chocolate....or red velvet....! Well...repeating myself am I? That's because there are only two types of cake in the world....chocolate or red velvet! So obviously, we're dealing with the only two types of cake, right?

What You Need To Make Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 & 3/4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons milk

What To Do To Make Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a mixing bowl cream softened butter and cream cheese. Gradually beat in confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Add milk, a few drops at a time to achieve spreading consistency.
  2. This can be varied with the addition of cocoa to make chocolate frosting, almond extract instead of vanilla, or tinted with food coloring for a special occasion.

Chocolate Cakes For Every Occasion

When you're making a dessert for any occasion, chocolate cake will always be a hit. No matter what frosting you put on it, no matter how you bake it, chocolate is loved by just about every one in the whole world. You can always use another recipe, even when you have hundreds of them, because the next chocolate cake might taste even better than the last.

Chocolate vs Red Velvet?

So what's your story about which cake you prefer? Are you a chocoholic, a red velvet fan, or hate them both? (By the way, this would be something I couldn't understand, no matter how much you explained it.) This is your chance to tell us why you think your favorite is the best. I'll give equal time to all kinds of cake, even though I know there are only two kinds of cake in the world.

Chocolate Fun And Trivia

Chocolate was originally consumed as a drink, as the ode to chocolate reveals below:

Oh, Divine chocolate!

They grind thee kneeling,

Beat thee with hands praying,

And drink thee with eyes to heaven. ~ Marco Antonio Orellana, 18th century

Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your to-do list today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done!

The three best pleasures in life are sneezing, scratching and eating chocolate.

Money talks, chocolate sings!

Chocolate is nature's way of making up for Mondays.

Simply put, everyone has a price. Mine is chocolate!

Mom: Son, there were two chocolate cakes in the pantry yesterday and now there's only one. Why?

Son: I don't know Mom, unless it was so dark in there I didn't see the other one.

And from humorist Dave Barry: "My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already."

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