Red velvet, a fluffy yellow butter cake flavored with a hint of cocoa and colored with red food dye (or beet juice), is a very popular cake flavor, especially in cities that have a huge cupcake bakery contingent like New York and L.A. And it's always been a favorite in the South. It's definitely an unconventional, unexpected choice for a wedding cake, and is the kind of wedding detail that will get a "wow" reaction from dads and grandfathers (on whom the beauty of the flowers or table settings is usually lost). Covered in luscious cream cheese frosting, red velvet cakes look pretty—we especially like the red-and-white combo for winter weddings—and taste sublime.

Cake by Cake Man Raven

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