Taste Test: Red Velvet

August 16, 2011 8:24 am by

The red velvet, that most indulgent of cupcakes, has become a staple at most

Toujours red velvet cupcake.

bachelorettes, baby showers and brand launches in the city. Traditionally, the deep, rich colour of the cupcake was partly due to the result of a chemical reaction of cocoa powder combining with the acid in the buttermilk and the dash of vinegar added to the batter. The redness of the red velvet is often further enhanced with food colouring, which in recent times has replaced cocoa in some recipes. We sampled the red velvet cupcake at five patisseries to find the one that got both the colour and taste just right.

Shop No.4, Bajaj Arcade, Union Park, near Olive, Khar. Tel: 6529 1737.
Price: Rs80
We expected more from a store that specialises in cupcakes. There are several things that are wrong with Butterfly’s red velvet. The cake was dry and hard and instead of just a hint of cocoa, it had lots of it, resulting in a red velvet that can easily be mistaken for a chocolate cupcake. The icing, shabbily smeared on the cake at the time of purchase, was literally just sugar icing whipped to a creamy fluff. ★☆☆☆☆

MacRonell’s Bungalow, St. Andrews Road, near Learner’s Academy, Pali Hill, Bandra (West). Tel: 2642 2324. ONGC Complex, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (West). Tel: 2642 3512. Union Park, Pali Hill, near Sarvodaya DVD Library, Bandra (West). Tel: 2648 1686.
Price: Rs40
Cupcakes have only recently been added to the Candies menu. The thick layer of sprinkles-dusted, cotton wool-like cream cheese frosting has just the right amount of sweetness. However, a little more butter would greatly improve the texture of the bright red cake, which is a tad dry. ★★☆☆☆

Shama Hair and Skin Boutique, Krishna Building, 
near Podar Hospital,
 J.N. Palkar Road,
Good Earth, Ground Floor,
 Raghuvanshi Mills,
 Lower Parel. Tel: 97692 86544.
Price: Rs35
By lunch time on most days, Le15 Patisserie runs out of red velvet cupcakes at its Worli and Lower Parel outposts. The cupcake gets its bright red colour partly from food colouring and partly from the acid in the buttermilk and apple cider vinegar reacting with the cocoa powder. Sugar is not added to the cake batter but is instead lavished on the fluffy cream cheese frosting that crowns the cupcake. Like a packet of chips, Le15’s mini cupcakes (they only make them in one size) can be quite addictive, but the sweet frosting stops us from having more than two cupcakes at a time. ★★★1/2

Hill Road, opposite St. Stanislaus High School, Bandra (West). Tel: 6528 4457.
Price: Rs35
Tart sells mini red velvet cupcakes that look good enough to be showcased in their window displays. Their taste, however, doesn’t match up to their visual appeal. The swirl of frosting is grainy in texture and sadly, sweet enough to induce diabetes. The cake is dry and leaves an odd synthetic aftertaste. Besides its colour, which we suspect is due to heaps of food colouring, there is nothing red velvet-y about this travesty of a cupcake. ★☆☆☆☆

Opposite Breach Candy Hospital, Warden Road. Tel: 2369 3254.
Price: Rs85
Call to check the availability of red velvet cupcakes at this Breach Candy cake shop because they are among their best selling items. The glistening, butter-brushed surface of the cake is the colour of mahogany but at its centre, the soft and crumbly cake is more rich red than reddish brown. Their real achievement however is the airy dollop of smooth and tangy cream cheese frosting. This under-the-radar confectionary also gets points for its judicious use of sugar, making their red velvet a playful confection suitable for grown-ups and kids. ★★★★☆

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Comments (14)

  1. Monkeybanana |

    You guys must definitely try the red velvet from Cup Cake Factory in Bandra. Here is the link on fb https://www.facebook.com/CCFcupcakefactory


    The shop and the items are very good.
    i told a lady to remove some cupcakes and salty stuff,she removed it without a gloves.
    on that day i decided that not to go again to this shop.

    i loved the varaties.

  3. Sunil S |

    The Red Velvet is a must try is an all time favourite, an absolute SELL OUT at the recently opened Bright and Vibrant Shop at Love Sugar and Dough,Oshiwara….Shop No 2 meera Towers, Near Mega Mall…Andheri West

  4. Divya |

    I tried Toujours the other day. It was’nt all that great. A friend suggested me to CUPCRAZED, MUMBAI. They have the best cupcakes I have had till date. Simply YUM. Check them out on Facebook/cupcrazed.mumbai!!

  5. oh my god you’ll missed the most divine red velvet.. the country of origin red velvet in a jar is the mostttt divine red velvet i had e everrrrrr hadddddd beats even new yorks cheecake factories red veldt… its obnoxiously expensive but when you dip that cheap spoon into that luxurious creammmyyy cakeee damnnn heaven does have a priceee…

  6. Esha |

    The dolce at the Leela has the best RED VELVET. Their red velvet is better than Hummingbird in london. Dolce is something that is a must try. they also do home delivery for a charge!
    Call the Leela

  7. Regular "With it" Guy |

    The best cupcakes in town at available at Sonali’s Cupcakes & Cakes. They’re on facebook and burrp.com

    Try em’, I think you will like it.

  8. AG |

    I know this Taste Test was specifically for cupcakes, but the BEST red velvet cake is at California Pizza Kitchen. Toujours pales in comparison.

  9. bombaywallah |

    You guys keep repeating a lot of stuff that Time Out has done. I think they ran this a year or more ago:

  10. I love Le15′s and thought they were the best around. Now I must try the Tojours cupcake as well! I’ve also heard that Dolce at The Leela has a mean red velvet cake

  11. Amita |

    I completely agree with your comments on the cupcake at Butterfly. I found all of their cupcakes very dry and the frosting monotonous. For a store specializing in cupcakes that is a big disappointment. The same applies to tart, I went there once and am never going again. Don’t fancy sad stale looking cupcakes in half empty display counters!

  12. diksha |

    You should try the cupcakes by Neeru’s Cakes & Desserts – they’re fabbbbbbbbbbbb! I’m an addict and can’t even deny it! Their numbers are 9819493595 and 9820297378

  13. Ruth Sequeira |

    You just gave me a reason to look forward to my appointment in Breach Candy. Yay! :)