Thursday, August 6, 2009

A DIY project

Something I've always wanted to try is Red Velvet cake. Apparently it's been around since the 1970s, and its distinctive red colouring is a result of a reaction between buttermilk and acidic vinegar in the ingredients. These days, red food colouring is commonly used to achieve the same effect.

There is a kind of glamour about it though, and I'm thinking that with the long weekend coming up I'll try to make my own. This is the first year that I have a properly functioning oven, so it may actually be a success!

An interesting story about Red Velvet cake - Wikipedia reports a story about the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York's "secret" RV cake recipe: a woman eating at the restaurant was so impressed with her slice that she asked for the recipe - only to discover later that she had been charged $100 for it on her bill. Outraged, she sent the "secret" recipe to her friends as a chain mail in retaliation.


  1. How did it turn out. Heard the story about the recipe and woolies cookies. I spell an Urban Legend.

  2. Ooh red velvet cake? Sounds like an invention of the upper classes, so can you have it AND eat it?