Baking the perfect Cake is both an art and a science. Red velvet is no exception. A confection that ignites the senses through striking visual appeal, a fine crumb texture and a hint of cocoa flavor, red velvet Cake has captured the eyes and taste buds of many. There has long been a sense of mystery and controversy surrounding the origins of the deep red cake. Its popularity grew significantly after the film Steel Magnolias featured a red velvet armadillo groom’s cake in 1989. With the cupcake craze sweeping our nation, red velvet is now commonplace on menus around the country. No matter how the crimson hue is achieved, the recipes are nothing short of a good old-fashioned science experiment.