Red Velvet History & Southern Tradition


Red Velvet takes Center Stage at Ms. Peaches, Los Angeles

Among the most classic of desserts is the decadent cream cheese frosted Red Velvet cake.  My grandmother used to make it from usually a Duncan Hines box but like a good southerner from Virginia, she added her own secret ingredients to the mix.  The cake stood high and grand.   

When we interviewed the Kentucky born model Molly Sims, she revealed that her mom not only makes red velvet cake from scratch but she has it flown by Fed Ex on dry ice to her.  Now, that’s a great mom (SEE MOLLY SIMS MOM’S RECIPE)– Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor


History of Red Velvet Cake

A Red velvet cake is a rich, moist, sweet cake with a dark red, bright red or red-brown color. It is usually prepared as a layer cake somewhere between chocolate and vanilla in flavor, topped with a creamy white icing. Common ingredients are buttermilk, butter, flour, cocoa, and either beets or red food coloring. The amount of cocoa used varies in different recipes. A typical frosting is a butter roux (also known as a cooked flour frosting). Cream cheese or buttercream frostings are also used.  See Recipe

*While foods were rationed during World War II, bakers used boiled beets to enhance the color of their cakes. Boiled grated beets or beet baby food are found in some red velvet cake recipes, where they also serve to retain moisture.-(Wikepedia)

See Video of  Model/Actress Molly Sims talking about her love for Red Velvet

MCCN Exclusive: Molly Sims talks Red Velvet & Recipe

MCCN caught up with super model and actress Molly Sims at the USA Today Hollywood Hero Awards.  She shares about the cake which reminds her of home, Red Velvet.  See her Mom’s Recipe

Recipe for Red Velvet Cupckes from Bobbie Lloyd of New York’s Magnolia Bakery

• Preheat oven at 350 degrees F • 3 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising) • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened • 2 cups sugar • 3 large eggs, at room temperature • 6 tablespoons red food coloring • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk • 1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar • 1 1/2 teaspoons_ baking soda • Set timer for 10 minutes • Check cupcakes after 10 mins. are up • Bake for about another 10 minutes

Mandatory- Enjoy Cupcakes!

Ashley Judd Gets Her Just Desserts: The Hollywood Hero Award

Ashley,Ellen and Morgan(Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd & Ellen Burstyn/ Photo Credit: Crystal A. Johnson)

USA Today held its Annual Hollywood Hero Award on Tuesday, November 1oth.  The 2009 award recipient was Ashley Judd for her commitment to social causes and charity around the world.  The event was held at Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.  A-list stars were in abundance including Debra Messing, Magic Johnson, Molly Sims, Morgan Freeman, Ellen Burstyn and many more. 

The Food at the Montage

After working the red carpet it was off to a splendid dinner held prior to the ceremony.   Take a look at what was on the Menu:

First Course


Strawberries, Marcona Almonds and Organic Parmesan with a Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette



Fennel, Roasted Peppers and Potato Gratin with Smoked Tomato Broth




Crispy Praline and Malted Milk Latte


*Molly Sims and Mandy Moore attended the Dinner-GUYS, THEY ARE NOT ON THE MENU!

Molly Sims and Mandy Moore

 article by Crystal A. Johnson