Red Velvet Cake With Coconut Frosting

Crime cake
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The Desk and The Stove

IMG_3683Although red velvet cake is commonly thought of as a southern American delicacy (recall the famous armadillo-shaped red velvet groom’s cake in the 1989 classic film Steel Magnolias), it was actually invented at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City during the 1920s. Don’t let the Canadians fool you into thinking it was the creation of Lady Eaton (of Eaton’s department store), which sold an ‘exclusive’ version of the cake in the 1940s and 1950s – this is one classic American treat. Named in part for the chemical reaction that occurred when the acidic buttermilk and white vinegar reacted with the anthocyanin in cocoa powder – producing a reddish-brown hued batter (as well as the use of brown – formally known as ‘red’ sugar), this ‘red’ cake also has a smooth, velvety texture.  During the Great Depression, the Texas based company of Adams Extract brought the cake to the kitchens of…

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