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    • Red Velvet Buttercream

      filed under: Rose + Rosette Cakes on February 11, 2015

      Red Velvet Buttercream should have a depth of flavor and a gorgeous red color. This recipe achieves that and is actually really easy! If you love American buttercream frosting as much as I do, be sure to try this recipe!

      Red Velvet Buttercream Rose Cake

      Red Velvet Cake Frosting

      Or, Red Velvet Buttercream. Deep, rich, vibrant, and tasty red velvet frosting that reminds you of a red velvet cake. This recipe offers up the color you want, the flavor you love (chocolate!) and the ability to pipe and create beautiful designs with. It’s just plain fun!

      I wanted to show off this red awesomeness with my Rose Cake technique because there is nothing quite as beautiful as a deep red rose. Right? Right.

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      Red Velvet Buttercream Rose Cake

       

      How to Make Red Velvet Buttercream

      The most popular question I get whenever I share something red velvet is, “How do you get it so red?” Well, it’s easy. Red food coloring. The more you add, the redder it will be. One reason I like this recipe is because there is SO much cocoa, you do not need a huge amount of food coloring.

      Red food coloring will darken considerably the longer it sits! If you feel like your frosting is too ‘pinkish’, put it in an airtight container (PRO TIP: I like to store frosting right in plastic disposable pastry bags) and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. You will see the color deepen.

      Yes, you can use all natural food coloring like India Tree. I recommend using the entire bottle .75 ounce bottle for this size recipe. The color will be a bit more mauve, but still in the red family.

      To achieve the rosette look I have a picture tutorial here and a video here. This cake specifically uses a CLOSED star tip. Using a closed star tip gets the very delicate ruffle edges that you can see above.

      The red velvet buttercream recipe will be enough to cover a 2-layer cake.

      To get a nice clean cut, make sure that your cake is very chilled. If you don’t care about looks and prefer a light and moist crumb, then room-temperature is a great way to go!

      Red Velvet Buttercream
      Prep Time
      30 mins
      Total Time
      30 mins
       

      Seriously unique and always stunning!

      Course: Dessert
      Cuisine: American
      Keyword: red velvet buttercream
      Servings: 8 servings
      Author: Amanda
      Ingredients
      • 4 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
      • 1 cup cocoa powder
      • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks or 170g) unsalted butter, room temperature
      • 1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
      • 1 one-ounce bottle Red food color
      • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
      Instructions
      1. In a small bowl, sift together the confectioner's sugar and cocoa powder.

      2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add butter and whisk for 2 minutes on high speed.

      3. Turn the mixer off and add in sugar/cocoa mixture.
      4. With the mixer on low speed, add in milk, red food coloring, and vinegar. (Carefully pour in food coloring into the center of the butter mixture)

      5. Whisk on low/medium low speed until smooth and glossy.

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      Adapted from Perfect Chocolate Buttercream.

       

      Red Velvet Buttercream Rose Cake

      I paired the frosting with a white cake simply because I love the look and idea of a delicate white cake with a rich bold red velvet.

      I can imagine that this red velvet frosting would be absolutely stunning with a red velvet cake! Or even a chocolate cake! You really can’t go wrong.

      As a matter of fact, everything about this is so, so right.

      To see more Red Velvet creations click here!

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    • Curious…what does adding the vinegar do to this recipe. Thanks

        Sorry, my phone did not load the video at first, now that i watched it…got it thanks

    • Could shortening be used instead of the butter?

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