Pink Velvet. It’s not not your Grandma’s Red Velvet.
Our Signature flavor ‘Sweet Carolina’ is a Pink Velvet Cake. So what exactly is Pink Velvet Cake?
This is now the most common FAQ of our little Cupcake bakery! Each day people stroll into our Hilton Head Island bakery, press their noses against the bakery case and gaze longingly at the ‘Sweet Carolina’ a bright Pink Velvet Cake, staring back at them. The ensuing conversation usually goes something like this:
“What’s that one…?” They ask in total amazement.
“the ‘Sweet Carolina’ ,” comes the reply.
“What kind of cake is it…?”
“Pink Velvet Cake with a …”
Quickly interrupting our description is invariably the next question: “WHAT IS Pink Velvet Cake? Is it like Red Velvet…?“
Now, we’re usually pretty tight-lipped around here. But, we’re just going to let this sweet little cat out of the bag. Because, well, we love you guys.
The ‘Sweet Carolina’ Cupcake, our signature flavor, is a Pink Velvet Cake. It is not be confused with Red Velvet Cake which is a different beast all together… This little Pink beauty was born one afternoon in our bakery kitchen while testing recipes. While digging through our recipe archives I happened upon one dubbed “White Velvet”. It is, in fact, a white butter cake – a very delicate and fine-crumbed cake which owes it’s lightness and airy-soft texture to the use of egg white and real butter (no shortcuts here, folks). It is totally unlike it’s closely named cousin, Red Velvet (which gets it’s texture and subtle flavor from buttermilk and cocoa) Fresh from the oven, there is simply no better cake for lovers of true white-cake goodness. In fact, it is so persnickety that it really doesn’t like to be eaten on day two. The prima donna of cupcakes, it demands to be baked and consumed in the same day. Really, this hasn’t been a problem for us. We rarely have left-overs.
In case you can’t tell, we love this cake. We love the intricacies of the recipe. We even love that it can be temperamental to prepare to the point that it can induce very tense moments for our bakers from time to time. This is SCRATCH baking, people! This is how my Grandmother did it…and we will do her the justice of following suit. Don’t make me get out pictures of my beloved Grandmother and cry all over the kitchen!
So, we were playing with the White Velvet butter cake recipe when someone in the kitchen said “this would be phenomenal with our cream cheese frosting!” We slapped some on, tasted, and HOLY MOLY, what a combination! The soft, yielding cake paired with the tangy smooth frosting. We were on to something!
As we stood around, patting ourselves on the back trying to figure out how this new discovery would fit into our repertoire, my Dad (yes, good old Dad!) said, “You should make these pink and sparkly somehow. Bet they’d sell!”
Have you seen our facebook avatar?
Pink cake, white frosting, pink outline? Dad, you’re a genius!
The next day, the ‘Sweet Carolina’ made it’s bakery debut. It is now on our daily menu, right beside the Classics and Red Velvet. It is, quite frankly, a Superstar (as my 6 year old daughter would say).
And that, dear Cupcake lovers, is how the ‘Sweet Carolina’ was born.