Adams Extract, a Texas-based company is credited with bringing red velvet cake to America during the depression. In Canada during the 1940s and 50s, Eaton Department Store swore their employees to secrecy when they started producing this cake with it's rich cream cheese icing. A resurgence of this dessert's popularity came with the hit movie, Steel Magnolias in 1989 and it's found in almost every bakery in the United States.
Red Velvet Snowballs
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup confectioners' (icing) sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. Red Velvet Bakery Emulsion or 1 oz. Red Food Colouring
1 T Dutch-processed Cocoa
pinch of salt
2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour (spoon flour into the measuring cup and level off with a knife)
1 cup finely chopped pecans, lightly toasted for 5 minutes in the preheated oven
Additional confectioners' sugar for rolling the balls in
Preheat oven to 350F-degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter well. Add the confectioners' sugar and cream thoroughly. Scrape down the sides and add the flavoring or food colour, mix again.
Add cocoa, salt and flour, then mix to combine. Stir in the finely chopped pecans.
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