If you’re looking for a Red Velvet Sponge Cake, you’re in luck!
We’ve always focused on the mainstream cake recipes. Some would say these are old fashioned, but we believe they’re still unbeatable and the likes of Lemon Drizzle, Coffee & Walnut and Victoria Sponge remain firm favourites with our customers.
During lockdown, we’ve thought about adding a new cake to the range. After evaluating the enquiries we’ve received, there is one clear winner to fill a gap in The Gift of Cake range, and that’s a Red Velvet Cake. After much recipe development we think we’ve perfected it. So now, we’re happy to announce that we offer Red Velvet Sponge Cake delivery, throughout the UK.
Typically, bakeries make a red sponge by adding artificial colouring. Our recipe doesn’t use any artificial colours or flavours. We don’t use pre-mixes. All our cakes are made from scratch, by hand, by a team of passionate and skilled bakers.
Our Red Velvet is made using a very smooth, light sponge, flavoured with natural vanilla and a hint of cocoa. The red velvet sponge sponge is filled and topped with a mouth-watering vanilla frosting made with cream cheese and finest Belgian white chocolate.
Vanilla is a key ingredient and the quality of the vanilla is very important to us. We only use Madagascan vanilla extract from LittlePod, they’re based just down the road from us in Exeter. Read more about vanilla here.
Everyone knows Red Velvet Cake for its red sponge, but how did it start?
Unsurprisingly, its origins are in the USA, probably Maryland. However, what really put it on the map was the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York which developed the recipe into what it is today. In fact, for a while it was best known as the Waldorf-Astoria cake. It rapidly grew in popularity due to its stunning looks and velvety smooth texture.
Film Trivia: Have you ever seen the 1989 film ‘Steel Magnolias’? Did you notice the wedding cake made especially for the groom? It was a Red Velvet sponge cake made in the shape of an armadillo. A bit bizarre but, for cake aficionados like us, it was an unforgettable image and almost as attractive as our cake….