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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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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