Quick! What does Red Velvet Cake actually taste like?
I don’t know either. It’s not exactly chocolatey, but It’s not vanilla-esque either.
Yet, red velvet cake has a following. Brides and fancy Southern folk go bananas for the stuff. I’ve mostly had red velvet cake at events where the hostesses want to fancy up the shindig. And it tastes fine. I don’t think it’s as good as a regular old chocolate cake, nor as savory as carrot.
My guess is that people only like red velvet cake just because cream cheese frosting tastes so darn good. The light layer of sweet, but tart, frosting on the cake is what makes it addictive. (Side note: frosting is like cleavage. A little is necessary. But a lot just ruins the taste in your mouth.) I think nine out of ten guests would eat garbage cake if it was covered in cream cheese frosting. And yet, the red velvet gets all the credit.
There are other trendy foods which people go nuts for:
1. Cucumber sandwiches: Tastes like water, expensive as gold.
2. Crab cakes: Fried mayonnaise with a dot of imitation crabmeat.
3. Mini Quesadillas: Grilled cheese’s fancier, yet less substantive stepdaughter.
4. Prosciutto-Wrapped Breadsticks: Pork products with a crunch.
I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy all of the foods above. I just think it’s funny that sometimes a plain ol’ grilled cheese sandwich and a slice of chocolate cake can taste better than foods we *think* we should love. But bring on the Red Velvet Cake. It’s flavoring is so…red velvety. 😉