Red Velvet cake is a Southern classic. Although, in researching its origins, the red velvet cake seems to have its first appearance from the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. A brief history here on Leite’s Culinaria. The red coloring comes from a process of vinegar and cocoa powder. Steel Magnolias, a Southern cult classic film, also made red velvet cake famous during the “armadillo cake scene.”
My favorite, classic recipe is from Southern Cakes which is very similar to Paula Deen’s
(This is a fabulous book to give as a gift. I love the little notes included about the cakes).
If you haven’t made Southern Living’s Red Velvet Brownies, you are missing out! These are absolutely sinful! They do take some time to prepare, but they are a perfect holiday decadent treat. I did make the homeade icing and that really put the extra oomph into the dessert.
Below is a link to Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies on Pinterest. They look amazing! All of these fun treats are decadent, festive, and delicious!