If you want to make a bold statement with your dessert, red cupcakes are definitely a great way to do it. Although strawberry cupcakes also have a reddish tint, red velvet cupcakes are perhaps the most well-known deep red cupcake. In fact, the red is sometimes so deep or so vibrant that it’s hard to hide in a cupcake liner. But, then again, why would you want to?
Sweet Street Desserts is famous for our amazing, high-quality desserts. Taste and appearance are our priorities, and we are highly rated for our expert performance in both areas. We create cakes, pies, cheesecakes, bars, and brownies for coffee bars and gourmet food shops. We even deliver to roughly 60 countries around the world so they can serve our desserts in their fine restaurants. We also deliver directly to customers so they can enjoy our treats anywhere they are.
Why Are Red Velvet Cupcakes Red?
Honestly, most home-made and lower quality red velvet cupcakes are red because the bakers add unnatural red dye to the batter or mix. They actually started as just “velvet cakes,” and these cakes have been around for at least 200 years. They used almond flour, cocoa, or cornstarch in the 1800s to soften the protein-filled flour. The result was a finer textured cake that they referred to as “velvet.” This simple recipe eventually led to the mahogany cake and devil’s food cake.
Devil’s food cake does have a hint of red in it, so that may be where it got its name. It could have also been the fact that it was made with brown sugar, which was known as red sugar historically. Even devil’s food cake doesn’t have the same bright color that red velvet has, however. Devil’s food cake became more popular in the 1930s, and it was served at the Waldorf-Astoria, a luxury hotel, in New York City. A Texas resident, John A. Adams and his wife, Betty, tried the cake there and really enjoyed it.
The Adams family owned an extract and dye company, but as the Great Depression hit in the 1930s, people were using fewer dyes. Mr. Adams decided that he would develop a twist on the very popular devil’s food cake that he had eaten at the Waldorf. He called it Red Velvet Cake, and it included red food coloring and butter extract instead of the more traditional ingredients. It was a huge success.
Our Red Cupcakes
That’s not how our cupcakes get their red color, however. We use a more natural approach. While we can’t give away all of our secrets, we can point out that, before red food coloring became popular, housewives across the country used a method that combined vinegar, cocoa, and buttermilk to create a reddish color. There are even natural food colorings available today to replace petroleum-based food coloring.
Our Red Velvet Cupcakes have an all-natural red color with a creamy chocolate truffle center. They also feature the traditional cream cheese frosting, but ours is made with buttermilk so it is light and fluffy. We top off this decadent dessert with a nonpareil-encrusted chocolate. It’s so rich that you should probably have some milk or coffee waiting nearby!
If you want something a little different, but still red, try our:
- Red Velvet Bundt – These individual bright red little bundt cakes are dipped in bittersweet chocolate, topped with luscious cream cheese, and drizzled with white chocolate. Delicious, cute and so easy to eat.
- Red Velvet Cake – We stack four red layers filled with creamy chocolate truffle filling along with our cream cheese buttermilk fluff icing. Your guests won’t stop at one slice!
We would love to ship you some of Sweet Street Desserts’ amazing red cupcakes. They are sure to light up any room, along with your taste buds! Order online or give us a call at (610) 929-2900.