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What's the difference between chocolate cake and red velvet cake? And can I use pancake mix instead of flour?

asked by XXX-XXX-1371 over 5 years ago
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Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added over 5 years ago

Red velvet cake can be chocolate or vanilla flavored and has red food coloring or sometimes beets to give it its color. There are lots of good easy chocolate cake recipes on this site. Please don't use pancake mix. It has leavening and other additives that might affect how your cake will turn out.

Here are some chocolate cake recipes:

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Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added over 5 years ago

First, chocolate cake and red velvet differ vastly in their respective amounts of cocoa powder. The first contains more than the latter. The latter contains enough to deepen color. Pancake mix instead of flour? No. The acid component of red velvet ins proportional to the baking soda; don't tamper with it. Here is a good RV recipe:

For 1 9x2" round

Cream together 4 oz room temp butter, 10 oz sugar
Add 1 at a time, allowing each to be fully incorporated before adding the next:
2 eggs

Sift together
11 oz cake flour
1/4 oz cocoa powder
1 tsp salt

Whisk together:
8 oz. buttermilk
1 tsp. white vinegar
2 oz red food color
1 tsp. baking soda

With mixer off, add 1/3 of dry ingredients along with 1/2 of buttermilk mixture. Mix on the paddle on low speed only until no dry ingredients are visible.

Again, with mixer off, add 1/2 of remaining dry ingredients along with reaming buttermilk mixture. Mix on low speed on the paddle until no dry ingredients are visible.

Add remaining dry ingredients and mix on low speed until no dry ingredients are visible. Stop mixer, drop the bowl, and scrape all around the sides of the bowl and all around the bottom to loosen unincorporated ingredients. Mix on low speed until mixture appears homogeneous.

Line bottom of cake pan with parchment. Scrape cake mixture into cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees until finger tapped on the center top bounces, about 30-35 minutes.