I read somewhere that red velvet cake is the “perfect combination of buttermilk and cocoa.” But what to do when you want a gluten-free and/or vegan option? This red velvet cake will knock your socks off. It’s great for Christmas or Valentine’s Day or any special occasion.
While I enjoy red velvet cake, there are two people in my world who are obsessed with it. (Mamma and Cynthia… I’m looking at you!!!) So whether you are in the obsession camp or want a special dessert to make, this red velvet cake will not disappoint. It took me quite a few failures to get it just right.
I like this recipe because it’s made with beets and cassava flour.
Beets are high in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, protein, folate, and manganese. They may help lower blood pressure, fight cancer, and support detoxification. They are also a vegetable that is higher in sugar than most, so don’t go overboard.
Cassava is a root plant/tuber which is high in carbohydrates and calories, but low on the glycemic index. Cassava is high in B-complex vitamins, iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
It has more sugar than I would normally use, but it’s needed to keep it sweet. You can try substituting your favorite gluten-free baking flour (measurements may change) and be sure to taste it before you bake it to determine if it needs a little more of this and that.
I like to use a half a can of beets (time saver) and also use a Nutri Ninja to blend them up along with the milk. For a good vegan buttermilk substitution, use your favorite milk (almond or flax) and add lemon and apple cider vinegar.
**ALLERGEN NOTE** – If you are gluten-free, be sure to check the labels on your baking powder. Some baking powders contain gluten! I like Clabber Girl because it’s gluten-free (and an American institution since 1899).
While you can certainly make any kind of cake or cupcake, I like loaf cakes because… again… simplicity.
While you can certainly whip up your own frosting, I like simple and easy and love the taste of Dollop Frosting. It’s gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, and non-GMO.
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