Today I’m sharing with you a little Valentines Day inspiration idea. While there are countless stories on the origin of the idea for Red Velvet, whether in cake, cookie, crepe, pie or donut form, or like here in my Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze, all can agree the flavor is chocolate and the color is red.
In researching and taste testing various recipes I found while many assume it started in the South, it’s claim to fame seems to originate in New York.
According to famed New York City hotel the Waldorf Astoria’s website they claim “Red velvet cake was born in the 1940s. Believed by some to have been a Southern creation due to its popularity in the Deep South, the classic recipe actually originated here at the Waldorf Astoria.
“The chef who developed the recipe kept it a secret until a guest wrote to him asking how to make it. Allegedly, the chef provided the recipe to the guest, but also included a bill for $350 — quite a lot of money for the time.
“The guest became so offended by the unexpected invoice that she took revenge on the chef by sending the ‘secret’ recipe to all of her friends and family members, many of whom were the ‘Who’s Who’ of the Big Apple. Luckily, the incident only helped the cake to grow in popularity, and it eventually became one of the most sought-after bakery treats.”
Now I read that one before for a cookie from Neiman Marcus, so who knows really. BUT whatever the deal, the red chocolate is a perfect one for Valentines Day.
So how about surprising your Valentine, or yourself, with these tender, chocolate flavored Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze. They are soft, chocolate infused and the cream cheese glaze and chopped pecans on top make for one special breakfast, or dessert treat. Enjoy!
Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
- 1/3 cup butter melted and cooled
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp red food coloring
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened (room temp)
- 4 tbsp butter, softened (room temp)
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- Whip the cream cheese and butter together in a large bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Carefully beat in the confectioners' sugar, then add the vanilla and milk. Beat until the glaze is smooth. Set aside.
- Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa and salt in a large bowl. Beat the buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, vanilla and vinegar together in separate medium bowl until smooth, then stir in the red food coloring (See Note 1). Add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
- Heat your waffle iron according to the manufacturers' instructions. Spray the waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and then pour about 1 cup of the waffle batter onto the waffle grid. Close and cook until the waffle is deep red and crisp on the outside, about 3 minutes.
- Repeat with the remaining waffle batter. Serve each waffle drizzled with the cream cheese glaze and chopped pecans (optional).