Yesterday I attended Canada’s Bridal Show to check out what was new and exciting for 2011. As expected, I had an amazing time perusing through all the vendor booths. Just a word to the wise, if you already have a wedding gown, the best time to walk through the show is during the fashion show–trust me, it’s way, way, quieter and easier to handle. As for the overall aesthetic of the bridal show, well, it blew me away this year. Vendors from all categories–florists, decorators, etc.–really brought their best. Flowers streamed the aisles, drapes were piled high and cakes, well, there was a wonderful assortment. In 2010, we raved about how much we loved red velvet–clearly they’ve been reading our blogs because it was evident that red velvet was the “it” flavour. Every cake sample station I went to included–you guessed it, red velvet–look out chocolate and vanilla. How exciting! Now for those of you unfamiliar with the flavour, red velvet can easily be described as a rich and sweet taste similar to chocolate–but usually served with cream cheese frosting. It’s hard to truly describe the flavour of something, so the next time you meet with your cake designer, be sure to include that to your sample request selection. If you want to know what it looks like, found this delectable red velvet cake image from We Take the Cake.
And, just for fun, here’s a bit of Did You Know ideas about this delicious flavour…
Did you know? A red velvet cake was a signature dessert at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City during the 1920s. According to a common urban legend of the 1960s a woman once asked for the recipe for the cake, and was billed a large amount. Indignant, she spread the recipe in a chain letter.
Did you know? In Canada the cake was a well-known dessert in the restaurants and bakeries of the Eaton’s department store chain in the 1940s and 1950s. Promoted as an exclusive Eaton’s recipe, with employees who knew the recipe sworn to silence, many mistakenly believed the cake to be the invention of the department store matriarch, Lady Eaton.
Did you know? A resurgence in the popularity of this cake is partly attributed to the 1989 film Steel Magnolias in which the groom’s cake (a southern tradition) is a red velvet cake made in the shape of an armadillo.