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Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Origins of Red Velvet Flavor

Our Flavor of the month for February is Red Velvet. So we did some research on it to see if we could find the origins ^_^

Unfortunately there is no exact proven origin, however there are two main stories that tell of the beginning of this wonderful flavor.

The first is of a lady who went to The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City around 1930s.
Waldorf Astoria in NYC
She ate a slice of Red Velvet cake from the hotel menu and truly enjoyed it. She later wrote to the chef in that hotel and asked for the recipe. She was sent the recipe and a bill, the amount is rumored to be from $100 - $200. She was outraged at the bill and to get back at the hotel, went sharing the recipe everywhere, even as a chain letter so as to spread the recipe to everyone. That is one version of the history of Red velvet.

The other version of the story is  that it was a secret recipe of a Lady Eaton, the owner of Eaton's Department store in Canada.
Eaton's store in Canada

It is said that they employees of the Bakery department of the store were sworn to silence by their employer as to the recipe of Red Velvet Cake. This is said to be around the 1950s.
As the various hotels and bakeries continued to sell the Red velvet cakes, people begun to slowly make their own versions of the cakes in their kitchens at home. It grew more popular in time.

Recently, Red velvet has gained popularity in different bakeries all over Nairobi, especially since Valentine's Day is around the corner. It is definitely a perfect flavor for the month of love ^_^
Amari Red Velvet Products

Enjoy this wonderful month and stay tuned for more information and Red Velvet recipes soon.

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