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Would any of you great VBBers out there tell me why some Red Velvet Cakes uses distilled vinegar and others not; im guessing its just a personal prefrence, why is it used and just what does it do in/
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posted at 2/6/2012 7:47 PM EST
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Would any of you great VBBers out there tell me why some Red Velvet Cakes uses distilled vinegar and others not; im guessing its just a personal prefrence, why is it used and just what does it do in/for the cake?

Re: RED VELVET CAKE

posted at 2/7/2012 6:48 AM EST
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Sorry, I haven't a clue since I do not make Red Velvet Cake, but I will be watching for the answer.

Re: RED VELVET CAKE

posted at 2/7/2012 7:37 AM EST
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Me too - I'll be waiting for the answer.  The closest I've ever come to red velvet is walking past the mix boxes in the store.

Re: RED VELVET CAKE

posted at 2/7/2012 8:01 AM EST
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I would think it had something to do with the acidic reaction between the vinegar and baking soda.Helping the baking soda do it's job,a leavening agent.

Re: RED VELVET CAKE

posted at 2/7/2012 9:11 AM EST
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Sorry I never  heard of this.

Re: RED VELVET CAKE

posted at 2/7/2012 9:26 AM EST
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Vinegar is usually called for in combination with baking soda and you're required to mix the two and you will get a foaming action. These tiny little oxygen bubbles will then be folded into the cake batter which will cause the cake to bake into a light and fluffy tasty treat.

Re: RED VELVET CAKE

posted at 2/7/2012 10:35 AM EST
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I use vinegar not the white one just the regular one never heard of using distilled. have the origanel reciepe.

Re: RED VELVET CAKE

posted at 2/7/2012 11:33 AM EST
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I have never made it. But do you have a recipe from scratch?

Re: RED VELVET CAKE

posted at 2/9/2012 11:21 AM EST
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Thanks for the interesting info. didnt think of using it with baking soda but it deffinately makes sense. and any cake that comes out light and fluffy is my kind of cake. then again any cake is my favorite. Laughing i will let you know after valentines day how it came out.

Re: RED VELVET CAKE

posted at 2/10/2012 10:50 AM EST
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In Response to RED VELVET CAKE:
Would any of you great VBBers out there tell me why some Red Velvet Cakes uses distilled vinegar and others not; im guessing its just a personal prefrence, why is it used and just what does it do in/for the cake?
Posted by msgracie .


msgracie, this is a hard question to answer as it would depend on the recipe and the other ingredients being called for. It really comes down to being needed for the formulation of the recipe to ensure that all of the ingredients are reacting properly to do what they need to do. Generally, it is going to help with the leavening of the cake. Hope this helps!

Re: RED VELVET CAKE

posted at 2/12/2012 6:44 PM EST
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Ms Gracie, your answer may be in the recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes recently posted under the forum What Are You Baking. The recipe called for buttermilk but the baker substituted vinegar in regular milk.

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