What makes red velvet cake batter different than other cake flavors? That's the mystery that has long baffled cake eaters, and here we provide the answers. There are a couple of special techniques in red velvet cake recipes and the first is the addition of cocoa powder or chocolate. The second involves the reaction if an acid like vinegar or buttermilk were added to the baking powder which causes an eruption of bubbles that makes the cake very light and smooth in texture. The higher quality the ingredients like the cocoa powder the better the cake becomes. So explore our gallery of red velvet cake recipes and see if you can find more than one to love!