As Valentine’s Day approaches, there are so many many many posts and articles and stuff about Chocolate and Roses and Candy and Sweets and Whipped Cream and Cake. Why does LOVE have to be synonymous with gluttony and indulgence? How about showing some love for yourself and your loved ones by making something really truly SWEET? Try a delicious natural alternative for dessert tomorrow.
Red Velvet (mmmmmmmm) is one of only two kinds of cake that I really do like and actually eat. It is one of my absolute favorites to splurge on especially when it has cream cheese frosting on top! (Just ask my dear friend Courtenay Taylor about that bridal shower incident that involved too many mimosas, a red velvet cupcake, and the pavement! eek those were the days). But really, it’s delicious and BAD FOR YOU. Did you know that it is just a super rich and moist chocolate cake but with ONE WHOLE (1 oz) BOTTLE of red food coloring??? At least that is how much Paula Dean’s recipe calls for (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/red-velvet-cake-recipe.html). I’ve used this recipe myself, back in the day, BEFORE I knew I had so many food sensitivities. It’s a great recipe, but now I’m afraid my guts won’t abide it (sad face). I’ve realized that so many things can cause disease in the long run if you’re not careful, so I avoid it now, like the plague (love ‘ya Paula! you’ve been through a lot lately so, I ain’t hatin).
Just for fun, let’s talk about how bad food coloring can be for you. Ouch. Well, suffice to say that a few of the long term effects can be chromosomal damage, brain damage, bladder tumors, thyroid tumors, hyperactivity, neurochemical/behavioral effects, agression, asthma, allergies, insomnia, lymphoma, eczema, hives, and oh my! the list goes ON and ON. Most of our widely used food colors are banned in Europe, Sweden, and Norway, and many were even attempted bans by our own FDA. Many more are indeed banned here depending on how they are administered. It’s poison. Not for eating. Not food. (For more info about that horrid stuff go here http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-scary-reasons-to-avoid-artificial-food-coloring.html)
So the other day I was really excited when I saw online a recipe for food coloring-free Red Velvet Cake! Yay! This seems like a really yummy recipe using guess what instead? BEETS! I love beets. Especially when they are in season and available locally! Again, Yay! Here is the recipe that I found for “All Natural” Red Velvet Cake: www.littlehouseliving.com/recipe-for-red-velvet-cake.html
Oh, oh, oh…! I won’t go on a tirade (although I really can’t help myself), but beets are so good for you! And, hello! NOT IRONIC, they are heart shaped and good for your…guess what? yesssss! HEART! lol. That’s just the beginning. They fight cancer and are basically a SOOOPER FOOD! (For more info regarding beets and your health go here: http://voices.yahoo.com/15-health-benefits-beets-fight-cancer-more-805501.html).
I have never tried this recipe, mind you, but I sure plan on trying it soon! I love the way the chef/author talks about all the harm that the food coloring chemicals can cause! I also love the “science talk” about how when using wonderful beets for color, there are required things like ACV and citrus etc to calm their acidity. Real health, kitchen, homemaker stuff. My fave! Although I have one caveat…when I try it, and I will, I will make this cake gluten free. Ack! what? No, it’s not hard. In pretty much ANY recipe you can substitute the regular flour 1 for 1 with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour! Then add 1/4 of xanthan gum as a binding agent. It is that easy.
So, I challenge you!… Try to make it will you? And then let me know how it turns out? Maybe not for Valentine’s Day, as that is tomorrow! But soon. Red Velvet Cake is always good! Birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers (right Courtenay?), or 4th of July! There’s a good chance that I will make it first though…we’ll see!
xo, Coby (#mrsdrdahl)